THE Awards 2021
The Times Higher Education Awards have been recognising outstanding achievements in UK higher education for the best part of two decades, but never before have they shone a light on the level of effort and creativity that was demanded of universities throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
The response required, and delivered, in the face of a global pandemic was unique, and many of the awards submissions reflected those unprecedented circumstances.
Universities’ great strength is not just that they respond to circumstances, but that they also provide a level of constancy at times of uncertainty and change. The award winners profiled in the pages that follow demonstrate that 2019-20 was not just a year of pandemic disruption, it was also a year in which incredible achievements were made in all the areas you would hope and expect: world-changing research, brilliant learning and teaching, international and industrial engagement, and the full gamut of activities that run through universities like words through a stick of rock.
We hope that you will find inspiration reading these stories of excellence, as we did. Many congratulations again to all of our winners, and to all of those shortlisted.
– John Gill, editor, THE
The winners were announced on 25 November 2021, view the photos of the ceremony in our Flickr album .
Below are the shortlists and winning entries, and here you will find an e-book profiling all the winners .
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Business School of the Year
Sponsored by Salesforce
International Collaboration of the Year
Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year
Most Innovative Teacher of the Year
Sponsored by Advance HE
Liam Jarvis, University of Essex (winner)
Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team
Sponsored by Unibuddy
University of Oxford (winner)
Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year
Sponsored by Elsevier
Outstanding Support for Students
Sponsored by Studiosity
De Montfort University (winner)
Outstanding Technician of the Year
Sponsored by Technician Commitment
Andrew Filby, Newcastle University (winner)
Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Nottingham (winner)
Research Project of the Year: STEM
Sponsored by Elsevier
Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year
King's College London (winner)
Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year
Manchester Metropolitan University (winner)
THE DataPoints Merit Award
Sponsored by THE DataPoints
Entries were not required for this category.
University of Aberdeen
Bournemouth University (winner)
University College Cork
University of Dundee
University of Exeter
University of Manchester
University of Surrey
THE Outstanding Achievement Award
Sponsored by Anderson Quigley
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert (winner)
(There is no shortlist for this category.)