University of the year shortlist award

Edge Hill University is celebrating after reaching the shortlist for the prestigious Times Higher Education Award for the UK’s University of the Year 2011 title.

The University is competing for the star prize in the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector against five other institutions. It is the third time that Edge Hill has been shortlisted for University of the Year after being nominated in 2007 and 2010.

He said: “To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award for the third time against stiff competition from across the country is an achievement in itself and reflects how far the University has come over the last few years. We provide an outstanding student experience with a strong focus on employability and this is consistently reflected in our continued success in league tables, awards and student feedback. Not one to rest on our laurels we’re constantly striving to improve even further. This year alone we’ve completed building a new £15 million Student Hub to provide better facilities for our students and staff. Together with a growing range of applied research projects that make a difference, I think we make an excellent contender for this year’s award.”

For the University of the Year title, judges look at the institution’s performance in several areas such as research, teaching, access and business performance. Judges also look for specific evidence of particularly imaginative and innovative initiatives that have enhanced the University’s reputation. Those shortlisted are regarded as examples of best practice in higher education.

The University has been placed in the north-west’s top two universities for overall satisfaction for the fifth consecutive year in the National Student Survey 2010/11. It was recently ranked in the top four out of English universities for graduate employment, and was awarded Grade 1 ‘outstanding’ across all 33 areas in its recent OFSTED inspection; this covered all three phases of initial teacher training –  Primary & Early Years, Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

With an improved ‘personal best’ in prestigious national league tables and in the top ten for courses and lecturers in, it shows Edge Hill University in a position of considerable strength.

Edge Hill University is competing for the accolade against Dundee, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton and Sussex universities.

The winner of the 2011 award will be announced on 24th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.