Awards

Outstanding Leadership and Management Team

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This award will go to the institution that demonstrates the greatest breadth and depth of leadership and management skills, including those recognised in other award categories. Outline all the areas in which you have excelled and ensure that you provide benchmark data to show exactly how your institution has delivered across the board. Describe the impact of your work. Provide examples of creative management across the institution, ways in which you have anticipated change in the higher education system and environment in which you operate, and any relevant leadership in your dealings with external stakeholders. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Describe how your work improves on standard practice in the sector.


 

Outstanding University Fundraising Initiative

This award will be given to the team that can best demonstrate innovation and success in fundraising, and as such is not simply about the amount raised. Describe a creative or ground breaking initiative that has encouraged fundraising and explain how the team contributed to the outcomes. How successful were you? Qualify and quantify your statements. Judges will look for evidence of innovative strategies, of targets being surpassed, and of fundraising responsibility being integrated across the wider leadership and management team. Show how your team has added value and built external relationships, and explain how its work improves on standard practice in the sector while addressing new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Human Resources Team

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Judges will look for good all-round strategic performance, including but not limited to: organisational development tools; effective communication between HR and the wider academic community; cross-institutional ownership of HR by non-HR leaders (academic and professional); internal evaluation of your department’s effectiveness; initiatives to support your institution’s strategic plan; succession planning and talent management; HR’s contribution to improving institutional performance; and use of appropriate methods and approaches from other sectors. If you have been involved in restructuring, downsizing or other initiatives linked to funding cuts, outline how these have been achieved. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Detail how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Estates Team

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This award aims to recognise outstanding work in estates departments, and will reward the institution with the best story to tell about the academic year 2011-12. Outline key achievements in property and facilities management over the past three academic years. Examples could include redevelopment and renovation of existing buildings, innovative new buildings or the successful implementation of a new estates strategy. How are you developing and encouraging sustainable solutions in your buildings and around your campus? How have you worked to reduce estates costs, and what savings have you delivered? For example, have you looked at sharing the management of your facilities with other educational establishments or implemented new structures or contract arrangements in commercial partnerships? Show how you have engaged the wider institutional leadership in estates issues, and provide examples of the adoption of solutions and practice from other sectors. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Outline how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Finance Team

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This award recognises outstanding work in finance departments. The submissions should include an overview of your institution’s financial strategy and show how your team contributed to its development and implementation. Judges will look for evidence of the overall impact on the institution and its sustainability. Highlight other substantial achievements such as supporting a cost reduction programme or developing additional income streams, efficient budgeting process or the smart implementation of relevant leading-edge practices from other sectors delivering clear benefits. It is important that you demonstrate how your team successfully communicates financial initiatives and works with others in your institution to foster a sense of shared ownership across non-finance leaders and managers. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, describe the deliverables set from outset and how your team contributed in achieving them. Describe how your team’s work could be useful to improve on the standard practices in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Marketing / Communications Team

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This award recognises outstanding work in marketing and communications departments. Show how your communications strategy and initiatives have delivered quantifiable changes in the public perception of your institution or have reshaped behaviour within it. Supply examples of shared collaborative ownership of marketing and communications initiatives across your institution’s leadership and management teams and highlight the effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Outline your objectives for the past year, and explain how your team met or exceeded them. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Library Team

This award recognises outstanding work in library and information-services departments. Explain how your team has personalised the delivery and support of library space, services and content provision. Describe how the team developed the library’s digital environment to benefit users. Detail how your team exploited physical and virtual space to provide a complementary, blended service. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Judges will look for evidence of collaboration with other administrative and academic departments that enhanced your team’s delivery and for examples of the effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

ICT Initiative of the Year

This award recognises innovative use of ICT to improve institutional performance. The project should have been started within the past 18 months but, providing impact can be demonstrated, judges will consider projects which aren’t yet concluded. Describe the initiative and the technologies and approaches used. Describe why your initiative is innovative and improves on standard practice in the sector. Describe how you have overcome cultural, financial and other barriers and provide examples of shared collaborative ownership of your initiative across the institution. Judges will particularly look for an initiative that has transferability or addresses emerging challenges and opportunities and therefore has potential wider benefits if adopted elsewhere. They will also look for effective use of leading-edge practices from sectors outside higher education.


 

Outstanding Student Services Team

This award recognises outstanding work in student services teams. If you have delivered a great service in this area, detail what you have done, what improvements it has led to and in particular how students have benefited. Judges will look for evidence of impact and innovation and shared ownership of initiatives across your institution’s leadership and management teams. Submissions could include details of a successful new collaboration with another department, professional service or students’ union, or with an external partner such as another higher education institution, the NHS or other agency; they could also include such things as a recent reorganisation of student services or the implementation of new IT systems that have improved service or efficiency. Explain how your team used feedback and evaluations from staff, students and other sources to improve its performance and to evaluate the outcome of any changes. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to its success. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding International Strategy

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This award will be given to the institution with the most innovative internationalisation policy. Outline your institution’s strategy and aims. These may cover anything from initiatives to attract more international students and efforts to deliver teaching and research right up to full-scale international partnerships. Explain how your institution’s professional and support staff contributed to building its international capacity. Show evidence of your strategy’s effectiveness. This may include how you established your institution’s brand; engaged with overseas partners; dealt with changes in government policy or the wider environment in which you operate; ensured a high-quality experience for international students; employed technology and maintained effective communications with staff overseas; and learned from other sectors. Provide evidence of shared collaborative ownership of initiatives across your institution’s leadership and management teams. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Knowledge Exchange / Transfer Initiative of the Year

This award recognises the most innovative and original initiative in knowledge exchange or transfer in the academic year 2011-12. Outline the initiative’s origins and explain what makes it new and pioneering. Describe its objectives and detail how these have been met or exceeded. Judges will look for effective collaboration between academics, administrators and business partners and for the effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Explain how your initiative has had a transformative effect on both your institution and your non-academic partner or partners, and demonstrate how it addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Student Admissions Team

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This award recognises outstanding work in student admissions. Outline your admissions processes. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Describe how your team has built links with local schools and colleges as part of your institution’s widening-participation remit. Demonstrate how you have reached out to other groups, such as international, disabled or mature students, and how you worked with them during the application process. Provide evidence of shared collaborative ownership of initiatives across the institution’s leadership and management teams and show effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Registry Team

This award recognises outstanding work within registry teams. Outline your team’s structure and objectives, and show how these feed into the successful running of your institution. Explain how your team supports strategic and operational planning, innovation in teaching and learning and the implementation of government initiatives. Judges will look for evidence of excellent communication with both internal and external customers and stakeholders and will expect to see shared collaborative ownership of initiatives across the institution’s leadership and management teams. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Provide evidence of the effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities.


 

Outstanding Departmental Administration Team

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This award recognises outstanding work in departmental administration. Judges will look for evidence of excellent communication and balanced delivery based on the needs of students, academics and your institution’s central administration. Describe the challenges faced in the academic year 2011-12 and how your team met them. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Provide evidence of shared ownership of initiatives across the institution’s leadership and management teams and highlight the effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Explain how your work improves on standard practice in the sector and demonstrates innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities from new agendas facing higher education.


 

Outstanding Procurement Team

This award recognises outstanding work in procurement. Explain how your procurement strategy supported institutional aims and objectives. Outline how your team developed and implemented procurement policies and released savings and efficiencies to reinvest in your institution. Judges will look for evidence of excellent communication with internal stakeholders as well as suppliers, purchasing consortia and other organisations with similar goods and services requirements. If your entry is based on a particular initiative or initiatives, explain how your team contributed to the outcomes. Provide evidence of shared ownership of your initiatives across the institution’s leadership and management teams and highlight the effective use of leading-edge practices from other sectors. Describe how your team’s work improves on standard practice in the sector and addresses new and emerging challenges and opportunities and, in particular, contributes towards the attainment of the recommendations set out in Professor Ian Diamond’s 2011 report for Universities UK ‘Efficiency and Effectiveness in Higher Education’.


AWARDS

Now in their fifth year, the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards are a highlight of the academic calendar and a celebration of the best of the sector.

GALLERY

See a great selection of photos from the 2013 Awards in our online photo gallery.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

It will be the fifth year the Awards have celebrated the sector’s leadership, management, financial and business skills. Join those individuals and teams who have showcased extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen.

Awards Night:

Took place on Thursday 20 June 2013
Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London