Shortlists celebrate diversity

September 29, 2006

More than 90 of the UK's 115 universities have taken part in this year's Times Higher Awards. The shortlisted candidates are revealed today in a special awards supplement, writes Gerard Kelly.

Entries were received from every part of the country and several parts of the Commonwealth. The huge number of fields today's universities are engaged in is reflected in the range of submissions - from bus services in Hertfordshire to satellites around Saturn.

John O'Leary, editor of The Times Higher , said: "What is very gratifying is the way the sector has swung behind the event. Not only have far more universities participated this year but the quality and diversity of entries is exceptional.

"I would particularly like to thank the Higher Education Academy, Research Councils UK, the Office for Fair Access, Forum for the Future and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Toshiba, Hobsons and Microsoft for their support and inspiration and our judges for their expertise."

The awards, now in their second year, are higher education's only comprehensive set of honours. Their number has risen from 13 last year to 18.

Bill Rammell, the Higher Education Minister, said: "I'm delighted to be attending The Times Higher Awards ceremony for the second year running.

This is a great opportunity to reward the massive contribution British universities make to the economic and cultural strength of the country.

This year there are more categories, which means even more success stories."

The winners will be revealed on November 15 at the Hilton Hotel, London. If you wish to attend, contact Kelly Booker or Jon Pressley on 0207 782 3034/3401.

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