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News Staffordshire University shortlisted in prestigious HE sector awards

Staffordshire University is celebrating a hat-trick of nominations in the Times Higher Education Awards 2019

Staffordshire University is shortlisted in three categories
Image: Staffordshire University is shortlisted in three categories

The THE Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our talented people and I am thrilled to see Staffordshire University recognised across such a diverse range of categories.

Professor Liz Barnes CBE, Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor

Widely known as the "Oscars of higher education" the 15th annual THE Awards recognises outstanding talent in both academia and professional services across 23 categories.

Hundreds of entries were received from universities across the UK and Staffordshire University is represented in three categories - ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Technician of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Strategic Planning Team’.

Rachel Bolton-King, Associate Professor in Forensic Science, has been shortlisted for ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ which recognises her creative approach to teaching and learning. Rachel is passionate about improving the student experience and was recently named one of 54 new National Teaching Fellows.

Shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Technician of the Year’ is Alison Davidson who has helped to design and deliver new practical classes in Forensic Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Biology, doubling the number of students getting hands-on experience.

Staffordshire University’s Planning and Business Intelligence team has been shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Strategic Planning Team’ for their work in creating an evidence-rich data infrastructure. This has resulted in significant improvements over the past three years in the University’s outcomes and rankings in key sector datasets and league tables.

Professor Liz Barnes CBE, Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor, said: “The THE Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our talented people and I am thrilled to see Staffordshire University recognised across such a diverse range of categories.

“We are a forward-thinking, digital institution which puts students at the heart of what we do and all those shortlisted have demonstrated this. A huge congratulations to all the nominees!”

THE editor John Gill said: "The THE Awards hold a place in the hearts of many in UK higher education and have now been a fixture in the its calendar for well over a decade. This year we decided to incorporate the complementary strengths of our THE Leadership and Management Awards, so that the range of categories better reflects the reality of how universities operate today, and the interwoven nature of so much of what they do. This will be the biggest celebration of higher education that we have ever hosted.”

Staffordshire University has previously won ‘Most improved Student Experience’ at the THE Awards 2017 and was shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Leadership and Management Team’ at THE Leadership and Management Awards last year.

Winners of the Times Higher Education Awards 2019 will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 28 November.

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