An education leader who brought innovative change to South Tyneside College while principal and later chief executive, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Between 2009 and 2017, Dr Lindsey Whiterod oversaw a rise in standards that led the college to be named England’s best FE college and provider last year by the prestigious Tes education publication.


The frontman of one of the North East’s most successful bands has told of playing with the Rolling Stones – and how he’d love to perform with Sir Paul McCartney - during a visit to South Tyneside College.

Maximo Park singer Paul Smith revealed how he met Sir Mick Jagger backstage when they supported the legendary rockers on tour early in their career – and shocked him with his all-white outfit.


A charitable fund which operates through South Tyneside College is celebrating a fundraising drive which is helping female musicians in Zimbabwe to play the drums.

Inspired by the Dr Winterbottom Charitable Fund’s aims, customers at the Black Horse pub, in West Boldon, South Tyneside, donated to an initiative to buy a kit to encourage girls in the African state to play.


A former South Shields Marine School student and his crew have been recognised by the International Maritime Organisation for their bravery in the rescue of mixed migrants at sea.

Captain Michael Christopher Bower and the crew of the M/V OOC Jaguar OOC Opielok Offshore Carriers GmbH & Co. KG were commended for their display of bravery, professionalism and compassion, upholding the highest traditions of the sea.

In one year the Captain and crew rescued a total of 1,006 people at sea, off Libya, while working aboard a Platform Supply Vessel, with only 14 crew in total.


Criminology students at South Tyneside College have proved they are clued up on how to help the homeless this Christmas – by launching a support appeal.

They are asking the public to donate food and non-perishable items for Christian faith-based charity Hospitality and Hope.


Fake moustaches but genuine concern came together when staff and students at South Tyneside College showed support for the Movember health campaign.

Dozens donned pretend facial hair to back the annual month-long international initiative, which raises awareness of men’s health issues.

While wearing their moustaches they held a cake sale and a raffle in the reception of the college’s Westoe campus in South Shields.