Sheffield named ‘University of the Year’ at annual THE Awards

The University of Sheffield has scooped the top prize of University of the Year at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

Announced as the winner at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London, last night, the judges said Sheffield had stood out as a result of a strategy “based on its values and rooted on its founding principles”. In particular, they praised the institution’s “determination and grit” in focusing on its local community.

Other winners included the University of Derby, which took two awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community and Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative, and Coventry University, which won the title of Entrepreneurial University of the Year and shared the Outstanding Support for Students award with Loughborough University.

The event also honoured Tessa Blackstone, who recently retired as vice-chancellor of the University of Greenwich, with the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the citation for her award, Baroness Blackstone, a former education minister, is described as “unique in higher education” for her roles in academia, politics and academic leadership.

Ann Mroz, editor of THE, said: “It has not been an easy year for higher education. Yet even in these challenging times, these awards demonstrate that our universities continue to create, innovate and excel at what they do. The UK’s higher education sector truly is one of this country’s best exports.”

  • A gallery of pictures from the evening can be found here

The winners in full:

Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award: Tessa Blackstone

Excellence and Innovation in the Arts: University of Warwick

Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers: University of Manchester

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community: University of Derby

Widening Participation Initiative of the Year: Realising Opportunities Partnership, submitted by Newcastle University

Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative: University of Derby

Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year: University of Southampton

Outstanding Support for Students: Loughborough and Coventry universities

Most Improved Student Experience: Royal Veterinary College

Research Project of the Year: University of Strathclyde

International Collaboration of the Year: Cardiff University

Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development: Harper Adams University College

Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology: University of Leicester

Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year: University of York

Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development: Durham University

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year: David Gibson, Queen’s University Belfast

Entrepreneurial University of the Year: Coventry University

University of the Year: University of Sheffield

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