THE Awards 2016 :: Sponsors
2016 award winners announced

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Higher Education Academy

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Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

The Higher Education Academy is dedicated to enhancing teaching and the student learning experience in higher education. It works with higher education institutions across the UK to support, professionalise and recognise teaching in higher education and support, inspire and promote  innovative academic practice. It manages the UK Professional Standards Framework on behalf of the higher education sector, providing a shared framework for initial and continuing professional development of staff teaching and supporting student learning. It supports a number of award schemes recognising achievements in teaching.


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Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research

Jisc is an independent education charity, owned by AoC, GuildHE and UUK. It provides UK higher education, further education and skills sectors with support in the use of digital technologies.
Its vision is to make the UK the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.
It aims to achieve this by enabling the education sector to perform at the forefront of international practice by exploiting fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content and connectivity.

Amity University

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Business School of the Year

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

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Outstanding Contribution Leadership Development

We provide a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management for all the UK’s universities and higher education colleges. Our offer is for all levels of staff- academics, professionals, managers - right through to those in the most senior roles in higher education. We are a membership organisation that delivers leadership development and consultancy advice to higher education institutions in the UK and around the world.  All our work is supported by a highly regarded research that underpins the leadership development programmes and stimulates innovation. Our mission is to serve our members, drive development and catalyse change.  

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Entrepreneurial University of the Year

The National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) is the lead body supporting higher education to build its enterprise programmes. We have a unique and strong alumni network and recognised by Universities UK and HEFCE making us a partner of choice for the growth and development of enterprise and entrepreneurship.


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The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award

Veredus is a leading provider of executive search and interim management services to the higher education sector. We advise a global client base on their leadership and senior talent challenges, delivering our clients real and diverse choice in the appointment of senior academic and professional service leaders.


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Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year 

UCAS connects more than 650,000 people to courses in higher education each year. We work with universities, schools, colleges, advisers and parents, supporting applicants at every step of their journey.

Password English Language Testing

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Outstanding International Student Strategy

Designed by Professor Cyril Weir’s world-leading team of academics in testing and assessment, Password online testing has been developed specifically for use by universities and colleges with their own incoming students.  It is used to implement good practice principles, improve outcomes for students and institutions, and aid international student recruitment.  
Password tests assess academic English, are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference and have shown extremely high levels of accuracy since their launch in 2008. They are constantly being refreshed with new questions and are securely delivered online.  
Password tests are used both pre- and post-arrival in more than 50 countries around the world.

Shakespeare Martineau

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International Collaboration of the Year

Shakespeare Martineau was established on 15th June 2015 following the merger of SGH Martineau and Shakespeares. The merged firm has over 900 people across nine offices with a combined aggregate annual turnover of £75m, and will continue to follow a sector strategy. Our education focus will be much enhanced by the additional depth of resource the merged firm will offer and we look forward to many more years of working with the sector.


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Most Improved Student Experience

EvaSys Automation Software transforms the way HE providers capture student feedback and makes it possible to quickly close the loop with the stakeholders who value the results most, such as the academics and students themselves. 

Used by more than half of all universities in the UK and 1000 institutes worldwide to evaluate courses, modules, examinations, workshops and student services EvaSys is also being used in the UK to benchmark performance between institutes at module level and raise the overall performance of the sector.

EvaSys is delivered in the UK by Electric Paper Ltd.

UK Council for Graduate Education

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Outstanding Research Supervisor of year

The UK Council for Graduate Education is a membership body developed for the postgraduate sector by the postgraduate sector. The Council plays a key role in supporting, developing and representing the postgraduate sector. With 95% of UK HEIs as members, UKCGE helps its members contribute to the development of the UK's postgraduate education sector by systematic enquiry into, creative thought about, and critical analysis of issues relating to postgraduate education.  Its mission is to be the authoritative voice for postgraduate education in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a strong and sustainable postgraduate education sector.

National Centre for Universities and Business

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Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration

The National Centre for Universities and Business develops, supports and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK.
We are:
  • Led by leaders and guided by our networks of universities and business;
  • Informed by research, providing independent myth busting analysis;
  • Digital innovators and curators of opportunities for universities, business and government; 
  • Change managers, through our Task Forces which tackle talent and innovation challenges.
The National Centre is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation bringing together universities and business to influence government and solve the country’s challenges. 


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Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology

Scientia is the global market leader in optimised timetabling and resource scheduling for higher education institutions. Its suite solutions include timetabling, scheduling, programme and space management; it has long-serving training and support services, and is focused solely in the HE space.  As well as supporting growth through optimised resources, or delivering business process improvements, Scientia is focused on improving student experience and student retention and offers both staff and students more choice and personalisation. We are dedicated and passionate experts in our field, and have built our reputation over 27 years of service based in our Cambridge offices.


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Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 

The Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD):
  • provides a forum for debate and exchange for senior managers and regional member networks;
  • seeks to influence and initiate policy in higher education in art and design at national and other levels;
  • is formally consulted by government, by quality assurance and funding bodies for higher education;
  • works closely with major arts organisations, e.g. the Arts Council, England and the Design Council, through the CHEAD/Links Group;
  • works with subject associations (e.g. National Association for Fine Art Education, the Association of Fashion/Textiles Courses, Design Education Association) through the CHEAD/Subject Association Links Group.

Randstad Student Support 

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Outstanding Support for Students

As the UK's leading provider of support to students with disabilities and learning needs, Randstad Student Support worked with 28,000 students last year to enable them to succeed academically.  160 colleges and universities already work with us to ensure learning and disability support is provided to students in a way which meets their individual plans and the institutions challenging budgets.


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Research Project of the Year

Worktribe is a UK company that provides software solutions for the Higher Education sector in both research and curriculum management. Its flagship system, Worktribe Research Management, is trusted across the UK higher education sector by many universities including several in the Russell Group. Founded in 2002 in Nottingham, Worktribe has a long-established track record of on-time and on-budget delivery, excellent reliability and great support. Worktribe develops its software in-house from offices in Bristol and Nottingham.

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Tim Mustin
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