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South Tyneside College

South Tyneside College
Established 1861
Type Further education
Principal Dr. Lindsey Whiterod
Founder Dr Thomas Winterbottom
Location St. George’s Avenue
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE34 6ET
Website South Tyneside College

South Tyneside College is a large further education college in South Tyneside in North East England. Its main site is in the town of South Shields. The college offers part-time and full-time courses for young students and adults. It was formed in 1984 by the merger of Hebburn Technical College and the Marine and Technical College, the latter founded in 1861 by a trust created by Dr Thomas Winterbottom, a former surgeon-general in Sierra Leone.

The college is still one of the largest merchant navy training colleges in the United Kingdom, and attracts students from as far afield as India and Africa. It offers courses in marine subjects marine education such as navigation, operations, mechanical and electrical engineering, communications, and catering.

The Marine and Technical College was formerly based in Ocean Road, South Shields, in a purpose-built building opened in 1869. This is now a public house called Kirkpatricks. There is a marine simulation centre on the main Westoe Campus and college sites throughout South Shields, such as: the Marine Safety Training Centre on Wapping Street; the Radar Station next to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and the St. Hilda's Centre on Coronation Street. The former planetarium was closed in 2008, despite much local objection,[1] and the space now houses a multi-faith chaplaincy. The college also used to own a campus in Hebburn however this was closed in 2011 due to upkeep costs.[2] Also situated on the Westoe Campus, is the Dr Winterbottom Halls of Residence. Opening in 1978, Dr Winterbottom Halls of Residence comprises of 6 residential blocks, with the majority of the residents being marine students.


The South Tyneside College Rugby Union Football Club currently plays in the Durham & Northumberland Three and in Cup competitions. The club has two senior sides. Its home pitch is on the College campus.[3]


  1. ^ The Shields Gazette, 21 July 2008
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  3. ^ South Tyneside College RUFC official web site

External links

  • College website
  • Historical records at Tyne & Wear Archives
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