Who we are
Tyne Coast College offers a new and exciting vision for education and training in the North East.
Our diverse and innovative vocationally-driven curriculum, close links to employers and ambition to deliver outstanding provision, puts students on a clear course to academic attainment and career success.
Created from a merger of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College, our programmes meet the skills needs of this region and strongly support economic growth and prosperity.
We cut across geographical boundaries, and our guiding vision - to provide education that is outstanding - creates opportunity for all to succeed, personally and professionally.
Working from key campuses and locations, we offer students an almost unlimited range of vocational and technical qualifications, as well as an outstanding framework of A levels and sports opportunities.
Incorporating the former South Tyneside and Tyne Metropolitan colleges, our key brands also include South Shields Marine School, recognised as one of the worlds foremost maritime training centres, and Queen Alexandra Campus, which specialises in A level provision.
Our other specialist support includes Career College North East, a pioneering programme for 14 to 16-year-olds to learn engineering, advanced manufacturing, computer science or marine; TMC Campus, a specialist in construction crafts; IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation; the Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST), a UK-leading offshore training facility; and Creative Studios, which feature state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching in fine art, drama and theatre studies, film studies, graphic design, media, photography, and fashion and textiles.
Overall, this provides an unbeatable offer to our 15,000 full and part-time students.
Ever alert to the needs of business and industry, we are aligned to the SMART Specialisation themes for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the emerging Northern Powerhouse priorities, the Governments focus on increased apprenticeship provision and adult skills, and the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Mission, vision, values
Our mission, vision and values drive our delivery of first-class provision and show a clear commitment of support to all students equally.
With a mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities, we will benefit learners and the communities we serve. Doing so will satisfy our vision to grow further as a world-class educational facility, operating with a focus that develops the potential of all.
Following these paths will allow us to play a key role in ensuring the long-term prosperity of our region, through the creation of skills that drive economic growth.
Our values are clear:
- We believe in being a strong community presence
- We believe every student should achieve their potential
- We value professionalism, commitment, and excellence in our staff
- We believe the needs of employers should shape our curriculum
- We will make a significant positive impact on the local, regional and national economy
- We welcome and include everyone in our community and value individuality and diversity
Alongside these are key principles, such as being robust so that we can affect change - working to align to the North East LEP priorities is key to this - and being positioned to influence and further shape the skills agenda in partnership with employers and business and funding bodies.
We also aim to:
- Work to a five-year plan, with a focus on growth opportunities and curriculum innovation, opening new routeways to skills for learners
- Further develop a curriculum strategy that is well connected to the needs of employers, and strengthen our internationally recognised specialism in maritime training
- Be financially outstanding, with a diverse income base and capital investment, creating opportunities to grow and develop new provision
- Be efficient and financially resilient through exceptional leadership and management, allowing us to grow and develop in the years ahead
- Develop curriculum innovation and specialisation, enhance capacity for investment to align provision to the devolution and sub-regional skills and economic agenda
- Develop a single apprenticeship brand based upon existing strong track records at Tyne Metropolitan College and South Tyneside College, building a strong and unique offer for employers
- Significantly improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for every student, enabling them to be first choice for employers and universities
Senior Leadership Team
Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE
Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE places innovation in education and an understanding of how curriculums must be shaped to meet the needs of industry and employers as well as students, as policy priorities.
Her clear understanding of the link between education and training and the workplace to influence economic growth, was central to the rapid rise in standards at South Tyneside College, where she was Chief Executive prior to the founding of Tyne Coast College.
It was here that Dr Whiterods resolute and forward-thinking approach to provision ensured courses, and resulting qualifications, targeted real jobs, a policy that won the approval of many within the North East business community, as well as education inspectorate Ofsted. It also led to the college being named the best in the country and the best for overall provision of Further Education at the prestigious TES FE Awards 2017.
Such was her influence on its academic resurgence, that she was made an OBE for services to education in the New Years Honours List in 2013, and later made a CBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2018.
Her achievements included overseeing capital refurbishment and estate rationalisation programmes of over £21m, part of which was a £4.5m upgrade to the world-famous South Shields Marine School, an improved Ofsted grading of good, and the creation of the Multi Academy Trust model whose successes include sponsoring a failing primary school, supporting its progress to be one of the most improved schools in the country.
Her new vision for Tyne Coast College sees continued innovation across specialisms, the increased targeting of links between the college and businesses to support the regions economic growth and prosperity, and the further development of a learning environment that inspires students to success.
Chief Finance Officer
Jane Cuthbertson, who is Chief Finance Officer for Tyne Coast College and Tyne Coast Academy Trust, has worked across public and private sector organisations in client and contractor environments.
Today, she oversees the college and the trusts finances to ensure their strong financial health and solvency.
She is involved in various professional bodies within her sector of expertise, including the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), of which she is a former regional president.
Nationally, she is an elected member of CIPFA Council and vice chair of its Remuneration Committee, and she is also an independent Council member for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
Jane holds an MSc in Public Services Management, and is a Fellow member of CIPFA and a member of the AAT.
Principal, South Shields Marine School
Simon Ashton has journeyed far in his career since beginning his nautical studies as a marine cadet, sponsored by Shell Tankers, at South Shields Marine School in 1993. He qualified as a Deck Officer and a Marine Engineering officer four years later, also with Shell, and then switched course by joining Princess Cruises and later P&O Ferries. Always seeking greater professional expertise, Simon continued to study at the marine school during periods of leave and achieved a Master Mariners qualification in 2005, which allowed him to sail in the rank of Captain.
In 2006 he joined the marine school as a lecturer, and in 2010 he was promoted to Head of Department for Deck Officer of the Watch programmes. His dedication to improving Deck Officer of the Watch programmes led the marine school to become the leading maritime college in the country.
Simon became Assistant Principal in 2016 - the same year he attained a First Class Honours Degree, BA in Applied Management - Deputy Principal in 2018, and Principal in April 2020. He also sits on the main board of the Merchant Navy Training Board, which determines the structure and strategy for UK maritime training.
Executive Director, Human Resources
Catherine Donnelly brings vast HR experience and expertise to a role which is crucial to supporting Tyne Coast Colleges senior management structure.
She specialises in embedding successful organisational culture change, something mastered during almost 30 years of working in the private and public sectors.
Catherine joined South Tyneside College in 2010, and now heads a six-strong team which manages the HR side of operations at Tyne Coast College, delivering people-centred solutions to business objectives.
Director of Marketing and Recruitment
Lorraine Schapiras dynamic approach and creative eye has underlined a consistently innovative and fresh approach to marketing across Tyne Coast Colleges brands.
She delivers powerfully persuasive strategies through a highly colourful and visually striking artistic language that always places students at the heart of the message.
Experienced in public relations and marketing, Lorraine ran her own communications and media business which specialised in working with education and training providers, for 10 years.
Her relationship with Tyne Coast College began when appointed outside marketing lead at South Tyneside College in 2013, which allowed her to use her wide range of media contacts and networks to great effect.
Highly motivated, she became Tyne Coast Colleges Head of Marketing upon its founding in August 2017, and has since led a series of effective marketing campaigns which have maximised its reputation.
Director of IT
Craig Scott's impressive track record of success across estates management and project delivery at Tyne Coast College and its brands has gone from strength to strength over two decades.
He began in management information systems (MIS) as a report writer in 2000 and by 2008 had been both IT systems manager and head of IT.
In 2014 Craig took responsibility for the management of the halls of residence at South Tyneside College (STC) - also overseeing catering and cleaning - and by 2015 he had taken the halls to Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding'.
Three years later he was appointed to his present post, which sees him lead on college estates, health and safety, MIS and libraries, and he is also Tyne Coast Colleges Prevent nominated person.
A highlight of his work was the IT management of the merger of STC and Tyne Metropolitan College, which created Tyne Coast College in 2017.
Work for us
Join a passionate and dynamic team. We really care about making Tyne Coast College a vibrant, outstanding college. There couldnt be a more exciting time to help us reshape Tyne Coast College for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Almost 500 people work hard to make our College the success it is, from invigilators joining us for a few hours a year, through flexible part-time work to many full-time academic and support roles. If you share our passion for challenging, improving and making our college the best it can be, wed love to hear from you. Click here to view our current job vacancies.