THE Awards 2022: shortlist announced

More than 70 institutions in the running for awards across 20 categories after 550 nominations

September 1, 2022
View of THE Awards ceremony

The shortlists for the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards – the “Oscars of higher education” – have been announced.

Having recovered from the initial shock of the pandemic, the sector was regaining its feet by the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Stories of how institutions in the UK and Ireland successfully picked themselves up and moved ahead are well represented in the shortlist for the 18th iteration of the awards.

More than 70 institutions and teams are in the running, the standouts from over 550 entries from all corners of the UK and ­Ireland. The 20 categories cover the full range of univer­sity activity – both academic and professional services, from front-line staff through all levels of leadership and ­management.

The University of Glasgow and the University of Central Lancashire share the honour of making the most appearances in this year’s shortlist, with five each. The University of Leicester came a close second with four. In only the second year that Irish institutions have been invited to enter, two – Dublin City University and University College Cork – have received three nominations apiece. They join Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Manchester, Newcastle University, the University of Salford and Sheffield Hallam University in recording a hat-trick of nominations.

In the running for the coveted University of the Year title are Edinburgh Napier, Loughborough University, Newcastle, Northumbria University, the University of Plymouth and Sheffield Hallam.

John Gill, THE’s editor, said the awards will “reflect universities doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times, when the pandemic continued to force higher education and all who work in it to respond to an unprecedented challenge.

“That universities did so with alacrity and creativity is clear from the truly exceptional stories told in the awards submissions,” Mr Gill added. 

This year’s awards will again be presented at the Hilton London Metropole on the evening of 17 November. The ceremony will follow the two-day THE Campus Live UK & IE event, held at the same venue.

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Shortlists for Times Higher Education Awards 2022

Outstanding Entrepreneurial University

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Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year

Business School of the Year

Outstanding Library Team

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International Collaboration of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Outstanding Support for Students

Sponsored by Studiosity

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

Sponsored by Advance HE

Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year

Sponsored by Elsevier

Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team

Outstanding Estates Team

Outstanding Technician of the Year

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Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year

Research Project of the Year: STEM

Sponsored by Elsevier

Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by Veredus

THE DataPoints Merit Award

Sponsored by THE DataPoints

Universities cannot just act on sustainability, they must also be transparent in formalising their institutional approaches so as to serve as beacons of global best practice. This year, we re-examined data submitted by UK and Irish institutions for our Times Higher Education Impact Rankings to identify measures that reveal the most open, visible leadership in this area.

THE Outstanding Achievement Award

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There is no shortlist for this category. The winner, chosen by Times Higher Education, will be announced at the awards ceremony.

University of the Year

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Reader's comments (1)

You would wonder why all of the ongoing excellent work and that which will be showcased and celebrated at the awards ceremony only merits a paltry 3% cost of living pay rise, far behind those we are seeing being granted in other sectors. Well done Times HE for giving these people the recognition they deserve and acknowledging the contribution they make to society, if only our employers would do the same.