Edge Hill University was runner up for the University of the Year title in the 2010 Times Higher Awards (25th November).
The institution was shortlisted together with Birkbeck (University of London), Lancaster University, Newcastle University and the University of York for the accolade in ‘the Oscars’ of the higher education sector.
It is the second time that Edge Hill has been shortlisted for University of the Year after being nominated in 2007, when it was pipped at the post by Exeter.
Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor at Edge Hill University, said: “To be shortlisted twice for the prestigious title of University of the Year in the last three years reflects how far the University has come.
“We have invested more than £130m towards creating one of the best campuses in UK higher education, climbed several prestigious national league tables and have seen unprecedented growth in the demand to study here. Since Edge Hill received university status in May 2006 we have become the UK’s fastest growing university and seen applications grow almost four-fold.”
For the University of the Year title, judges looked at the institution’s performance in several areas such as research, teaching, access and business performance. Judges also looked for specific evidence of particularly imaginative and innovative initiatives that have enhanced the University’s reputation.
This latest nomination follows hot on the heels of earlier successes this year.
Dr Cater added: “For me, the most important measure of the University’s success comes from the people that really matter – our staff and students. This year has seen excellent results in the National Student Survey with Edge Hill being voted the best performing institution in the north-west. We were also ranked top in the region, and second only to Oxford nationally, for personal development while our nursing practice was again voted the best in the UK. We were also the highest placed ‘terrestrial’ university in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work in the Public Sector and in the top 20 overall, confirming our commitment to staff as well as to our students.
“Add to this the fact that Edge Hill is one of the top two universities in the country for employability, with fewer than 4.6% graduates not in work or further study, and it’s not hard to see why Edge Hill is progressing rapidly. I believe that we can become one of the UK’s leading universities while still remaining true to the principles that have sustained us for the past 125 years.”