26 Mar 2010 00:00:00.000
The University of Nottingham has been shortlisted three times in a national competition to highlight the best of UK higher education.
Nottingham is in the running in three categories of the Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards 2010, which recognise the best-managed institutions in the sector.
The awards, also known as the THELMAs, focus on the skills in management, administration, innovation, business and finance that enable universities to function effectively as large research and teaching institutions with thousands of staff and students.
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The University of Nottingham has 39,000 students, 6,700 staff and a turnover of £500m per year. It has four campuses in the UK, one in Malaysia and one in China.
Nottingham is shortlisted in the following categories:
• Outstanding Research Management Team — focusing on the role played by the Research Innovation Services team in managing activities relating to the University’s £140m annual research income.
• Outstanding International Strategy — focusing on the University’s ‘Knowledge Without Borders’ strategy, which has seen Nottingham become a global player in higher education and the largest recruiter of overseas students to a British university campus.
• Outstanding Departmental Administration Team — focusing on excellence in the management and administration of the University’s Graduate School.
Entries are shortlisted on the basis of excellent and innovative ways of working with potential to inform good practice across the sector, the ability to meet challenges effectively, improve performance over the year and improve both the student experience and the service to staff.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on June 17 2010.
Ann Mroz, Editor of the Times Higher Education, said: “These awards are designed to celebrate the sector's leadership, management, financial and business skills. They showcase the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions.”
A full list of the categories, and shortlisted institutions, can be found at:
The Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards were launched in 2009. The University of Nottingham was successful in the inaugural year of the awards — winning ‘Estates Initiative of the Year’ for the latest phase of its Jubilee Campus. The £30m expansion of Jubilee has transformed a brownfield site into a showpiece of stunning new architecture, complete with ‘Aspire’, the tallest free-standing sculpture in the UK.
The Leadership & Management Awards are distinct from the Times Higher Awards, which are held in the autumn and have an academic focus.
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Notes to editors:
The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City