Loughborough University scooped the top prize at the inaugural Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, run in association with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
The award for the outstanding leadership and management team was presented at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on 9 June.
The judges made special mention of Loughborough's vice-chancellor Shirley Pearce's "inclusive" management style in the award citation.
A survey carried out by Capita on behalf of Loughborough found that 95 per cent of staff considered the university to be a good place to work, while 92 per cent said the vice-chancellor and her senior team led the institution well.
"The panel was really impressed by the amazing statistics," said Ewart Wooldridge, chief executive of the Leadership Foundation and a member of the judging panel.
Loughborough also won recognition for its student accommodation team, while Cranfield University was awarded outstanding new student residence.
Northumbria University took the prize for outstanding financial initiative, and the University of Derby was honoured for its finance team.
Birmingham City University won in the outstanding recruitment campaign category, the University of Bedfordshire received the award for best student recruitment team and Bournemouth University's library team also picked up an accolade.
In human resources, the judges said Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education had the best team and the University of Bristol the outstanding initiative.
Birkbeck, University of London took the outstanding marketing and communications team award, Cardiff University was the winner of outstanding ICT initiative, while it was Edinburgh Napier University that scooped the award for outstanding ICT team.
The estates team at Sheffield Hallam University was named as outstanding, and the University of Nottingham was recognised for its estates initiative.
Nottingham Trent University took the award for outstanding fundraising team.
Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher Education, said: "The strength and depth of the sector was evident in every category, and the judges had a tough job. The awards were a great success in their inaugural year, and a pleasure to oversee."