Edge Hill University has been shortlisted for University of the Year in the 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
This is the fourth time in seven years that Edge Hill has been shortlisted for what is the most prestigious accolade in the Higher Education sector – more than any other University. The shortlisting comes hot on the heels of Edge Hill coming top in the North West in the National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, boasting strong levels of graduate employment and being one of the top two universities in the UK for social mobility.
The University’s Learning Services department has also been shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development category.
Hundreds of nominations for outstanding institutions, departments and individuals were submitted across 18 categories covering the full range of university activity. These awards showcase the pioneering spirit, adaptability and sheer quality of the Higher Education sector.
Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “I’m delighted and proud that Edge Hill is once again shortlisted for University of the Year, an award that recognises best practice in Higher Education as well as exceptional performance in the past academic year. I’m confident that the judges will find much to impress when considering our research, teaching, access and business performance as well as bold, imaginative and innovative new initiatives – for example the first undergraduate MOOC in the world to offer academic credit. I’m also very pleased to see the excellent work of our Learning Services team being acknowledged in the Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development category, where they have been recognised for meeting the twin challenges of rapid institutional growth and ever-increasing demands of change within a multi-professional academic service.”
John Gill, THE editor, said: “This celebration marks the tenth anniversary of the Times Higher Education Awards, 10 years in which higher education has undergone huge changes but has always risen to the challenges it has faced. Our universities and colleges are among the nation’s most respected institutions, both at home and internationally, and it’s THE’s great privilege to have played a part in celebrating their achievements over the past decade.”
The winners will be announced on Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Once again this promises to be a spectacular event with over 1000 guests expected to attend, including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and university staff from all corners of the UK.