Winning a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award is recognition of a most impressive achievement: making an exceptional contribution to the success of one of the UK’s most precious assets, our universities. It is our great privilege at Times Higher Education not only to celebrate your achievements with you, but also to write about them week in, week out.
Hard graft, creativity and a steady nerve are among the essential qualities for those leading our higher education institutions at a time of uncertainty and rapid change. Fortunately, all three traits are in plentiful supply, and the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2013 recognise some of the best examples of both individual and team excellence across the spectrum.
When we said last year that we were experiencing a period of uncertainty for the sector, we probably all hoped that things would be looking up by the time of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2012. In truth, the challenges remain very real, and with the introduction of higher tuition fees just a few months away, the work of the professional staff who keep our universities working so smoothly will be more important than ever.
The third Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards came at a time of uncertainty and huge challenges for the sector. The work of professional staff was in the spotlight like never before and examples of best practice that can be applied more widely was more valuable than ever. It is fitting that the winner of this year’s top award has already faced and overcome what could have been total disaster.