The college has been praised for the work it does to promote health and well being among staff and students.

TyneMet has won the bronze award in the 'Better Health at Work awards which is organised by the NHS.

It's the first year the college has taken part in the project and the aim is to win the silver award next time round.

TyneMet's Health and Safety Advisor Kirsty Williams says: "The aim is to promote health and well being across the college community. To win the award we had to satisfy a long list of criteria, provide evidence and have an inspection."

The assessment was carried out by North Tyneside NHS Primary Care Trust who described areas like Flex Fitness as 'excellent'.

The inspectors were also impressed by the availability of healthy eating options and health and safety policy.

Kirsty says there is a lot more work to do to win the silver award. She says: "We have to plan four health campaigns over the coming year. We're organising a 'Better Health at Work Week' where we will invite organisations like the Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation into college to publicise their work. We also plan to offer eye tests to staff. Last year several people discovered they had underlying health issues just by having a free test."