Times Higher Education writers have won praise for their work at an awards ceremony recognising the best in UK education journalism.
The CIPR Education Journalism Awards 2016, held in central London on 17 November, saw six THE journalists pick up prizes, including the winner and runner-up for Outstanding Use of Data in Education Journalism.
Reporter Jack Grove won that category with a feature analysing in detail the statistics on the number of black and ethnic minority students and staff at every level of universities. Chris Havergal picked up the runner-up prize for an article modelling how the upcoming teaching excellence framework could shake up established hierarchies in UK higher education.
Other categories that brought success for the team included Outstanding Higher Education Journalism, in which deputy news editor John Morgan and reporter John Elmes were joint runners-up with separate entries. John Morgan won praise from the judges for a feature on Germany’s higher education system, while John Elmes was recognised for articles about the murder in Egypt of University of Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni.
THE’s coverage of the EU referendum, called “agenda setting” by the judges, also won prizes at the event, held at Warwick Business School’s London campus at The Shard.
Carly Minsky, THE’s student content editor, was runner-up in the Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism category for articles considering the impact of Brexit for students, while news editor Simon Baker was runner-up in the new Editorial Excellence category for THE’s news coverage before, during and after the historic vote.
THE was shortlisted a total of nine times in this year’s awards, with Chris Havergal picking up two further nominations and Ellie Bothwell also shortlisted.
John Gill, THE editor, said the success “reflected the hard work and dedication shown by the team in covering the impact on universities of a momentous year for higher education.
“It was especially pleasing to see THE scoop both top prizes in the data category, showing our expertise in delving into the statistics and metrics that underlie a complex and fascinating sector.”