Awards

Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

This award aims to recognise the pioneering work that is taking place in universities to promote the arts. It is open to teams and all higher education institutions in the UK.

  • Describe the background to and context of your entry. Does the entry represent a new effort to establish a reputation in the arts, or does it further an already strong position in the field?
  • Explain the nature of your excellence or innovation. Have you launched new initiatives? Set up new courses?
  • Describe the impact of your work. Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success.
  • Is there a collaborative or interdisciplinary element to your work? If so, please tell us about it. 

Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year

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This award will recognise and reward an institutional ICT initiative that has demonstrated an innovative, strategic and far-reaching use of ICT in support of the goals of that institution. The judges will be looking in particular for evidence of the contribution of the individuals involved, how they gained support within their institutions, overcame challenges and brought about real change with a significant impact.

  • Describe the background to and context of your entry
  • Outline the form the initiative takes, how it works and why it is innovative and effective
  • Detail how the individuals involved contributed to the success of the initiative
  • Explain how you built awareness of what you were doing
     

Research Project of the Year

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This will be awarded to the individual or team for innovative research that has a far-reaching academic impact on its field and has caught, or has the potential to catch, the imagination of the public. If your project has significant economic, social, cultural or other public benefit, please tell us about it. The award is open to individuals or teams in any discipline at a UK institution. Nominations must be endorsed by the applicants’ institution.

  • Explain the background to your project. Why was the research necessary, and what were its primary objectives?
  • Describe how the research was funded, what the work involved and what challenges arose.
  • What did the results reveal, and what are the potential wider benefits to society? Has it led to other projects or new avenues of exploration?
  • Judges will look for evidence of significant or novel results, creative collaborations and imaginative communication of research results.

Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development

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This award seeks to recognise and reward imaginative schemes that foster leadership development at any level of management - from governors to departments. It is open to institutions, departments or teams in the UK.

  • Explain the development needs that your initiative sought to address.
  • What form does the support take? Detail how your initiative or initiatives work, and explain why it is innovative and effective.
  • Describe the impact of your work. Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success. Include feedback from staff who have benefited from your support.

Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative

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The award will recognise a strategic and innovative approach to delivering employers’ workforce development needs. It is open to institutions in the UK.

Judges will look for:

  • New ways of working with employers
  • Evidence of high-quality, flexible provision, responsive to employer and employee needs
  • Evidence of positive impact on businesses (proven and future impact permitted)

Provision must be new from 2011, and evidence should be shown of impact in the current academic year. Entries must not be focused solely on employability (including student placements).


Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year  

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This award will go to the most imaginative and innovative project that encourages people from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education or extends the reach of the institution to new areas of activity. It is open to individuals, departments or institutions in the UK.

  • Describe the background to and context of your widening-participation or outreach initiative.
  • How was it rolled out?
  • What were the results? Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success, including impact on student recruitment.
  • How does your initiative differ from standard practice in the sector? Is it transferable as an example of good practice?

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

This award will be given to the individual, team or institution that has made the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically.

  • Describe the background to and context of your initiative.
  • Explain the nature of the work, and the challenges involved.
  • Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success. Show how the project has made a difference to the target community.
  • Outline how staff and students contributed to the success of the project

The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award

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This award will be given to the individual who, in the opinion of Times Higher Education’s editorial board, deserves to be honoured for his or her contribution to higher education above and beyond their own academic interests. Institutions and individuals are welcome to submit nominations for consideration.


Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development

This award seeks to recognise and reward those institutions or departments that can demonstrate the most imaginative and joined-up approach to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

  • Describe the background to and context of your initiative.
  • Detail the nature of your work. If it relates to buildings, explain what you have done and the targets you have set; if relates to how you manage or operate facilities, spell out your objectives and achievements to date.
  • How does your contribution differ from standard practice in the sector?
  • How does this work fit within your institution’s overall corporate social responsibility strategy?

Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology

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This award recognises and promotes technological breakthroughs at institutions in either products or services that have the potential to significantly enhance the operations of the commercial or the public sector. It is open to institutions, teams or individuals in the UK.

  • What has your institution done that has had a major impact on innovation and technology?
  • How it is novel and innovative?
  • Explain the nature of the work and the challenges involved.
  • What were the results? Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success. Detail the market potential as well as the impact and fulfilment of customer/user needs
  • What could be the impact if your initiative were adopted more widely?
  • The judges will look for evidence of interdisciplinary science as well as collaboration between industry and academia.

Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers

This award will be given to the individual, team or institution that has developed the most innovative or exemplary scheme to enhance and develop the transferable and careers skills of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

The submission should outline an example of support for the career development of postgraduate researchers and/or research staff. The judges will be particularly interested in support that:

  • Is of an innovative, exemplary or collaborative nature
  • Has tangible outcomes (for example, what researchers have done as a result)
  • Relates to the implementation of the concordat to support the career development of researchers.

Entrants should summarise in no more than 500 words what they were trying to achieve, how they set about achieving it and how the impact of the support is measured and evaluated.


Outstanding Support for Students

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This award will be given to the UK institution that helps students gain the maximum benefit from their study.

  • Describe the background to and context of your initiative.
  • Explain the nature of the support package. Detail how it works, and explain why it is innovative and effective.
  • What were the results? Have you attracted more students? How were the measures received by student bodies? Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success. 
  • Outline your principal achievements from 1 July 2011 to 15 June 2012
  • Summarise in no more than 500 words what you were trying to achieve, how you set about achieving it and how you plan to monitor the impact of their scheme.

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

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This award seeks to reward the academic whose imagination and passion have transformed a course and inspired students. It is open to academics in all UK higher education institutions. Up to five members of staff can be nominated from any one institution.

  • Explain how you evaluate and develop your own professional progress with regard to teaching.
  • How has your engagement with students impacted positively in and beyond your academic role? If applicable explain how it has had an effect beyond your own institution.
  • Judges will be looking for evidence of sustained commitment to advancing and positively influencing the student experience.
  • Student testimonials will be welcomed

Most Improved Student Experience

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This award will not be judged. Up to 20,000 students will be polled by the student market research specialists YouthSight to rate the academic reputation, teaching, social life and facilities of their institutions.

  • Students will be polled anonymously. No entries are required.

International Collaboration of the Year

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This award will recognise exceptional projects carried out jointly between a UK institution and one or more international partners. It is open to individuals or teams in any discipline at a UK institution. Nominations must be endorsed by the applicants’ institution.

  • Explain the background to your project. Why was the research necessary, and what were its primary objectives? What was the relevance to all the universities involved in the collaboration?
  • Describe what challenges arose and how you worked with your international partner/s to overcome them.
  • Has the collaboration led to other projects or a long-term relationship with your partner institution/s?
  • Explain how your collaboration has enhanced your institution’s international profile
  • Judges will look for evidence of creative collaborations and imaginative communication of research results.

Business School of the Year

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This title will be awarded to the business school demonstrating the most outstanding performance in the past academic year. It is open to all business schools in the UK, including those situated within universities and those in the private sector.

  • Evidence should be given of exceptional performance against specific indicators such as innovation, teaching, research, student experience, alumni relations and development or in work with business.
  • However, the main factor will be bold and creative strategies and initiatives that have helped the school to improve and flourish in the year in question.
  • Entrants should provide a narrative of no more than 500 words setting out clearly and concisely, with evidence where necessary, why they stood out from the crowd in this most competitive of marketplaces during the 2011-12 academic year.

Entrepreneurial University of the Year

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This award recognises a university that has developed an environment and culture that fosters enterprising attitudes among all members of its community and delivers significant entrepreneurial impact at regional, national and international levels. In particular judges will be looking for:

  • Vision and strategy: how has the university transformed its vision and strategy to place enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation at the heart of the organisation?
  • Culture and mindset: how has the university stimulated an environment that supports entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in both staff and students?
  • Entrepreneurial impact: how have the university’s efforts affected the nature of entrepreneurial activity among staff, students and alumni and stimulated a strong entrepreneurial impact locally, nationally or internationally?
  • Policy and practice: have the university’s experiences and activities influenced policy at all levels and clearly demonstrated good practice and effectiveness?

 


University of the Year 

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This will be awarded to an institution that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the past academic year. It is open to all higher education institutions in the UK.

  • Although research, teaching, access and business performance will be taken into account, the main criterion will be evidence of particular bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced the institution's reputation during the 2011-12 academic year.
  • Judges may request further information, including a visit to shortlisted candidates

THE AWARDS

Winners of the ninth Times Higher Education Awards are revealed!

GALLERY

See a great selection of photos from the 2013 Awards in our online photo gallery

PREVIOUS WINNERS

Join those who have showcased the greatest ideas, finest practice and the very best researchers and teachers in our universities.

2013 Awards Night:

The ceremony took place on Thursday 28 November 2013, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London