The third Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards come at a time of uncertainty and huge challenges for the sector. The work of professional staff will be in the spotlight like never before, and examples of best practice that can be applied more widely will be more valuable than ever.
It is fitting that the winner of this year’s top award has already faced and overcome what could have been total disaster.
In September 2007, the government decided to remove funding from students taking an equivalent or lower-level qualification (ELQ). The move dealt a devastating blow to Birkbeck, University of London. But the institution’s leadership and management team picked itself up, dusted itself off and implemented a successful strategic review. To make up for the loss in ELQ cash, they refocused their offering - which resulted in a 38 per cent rise in student recruitment.
The judges were impressed by the way the senior team used the opportunity to transform this unique and much-loved organisation to face the future with confidence.
Of course we congratulate all our very worthy winners, and I would like to thank our experienced and enthusiastic judges who took their role seriously and performed it with professionalism and aplomb.
Times Higher Education
THELMAs 2011 winners:
The winners were announced at the gala Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2011 dinner on 16 June 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Outstanding Leadership and Management Team
Birkbeck, University of London
ICT Initiative of the Year
University of Huddersfield
Outstanding Library Team
Outstanding Procurement Team
University of the West of England
Outstanding University Fundraising Team
University of Bath
Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team
University of Nottingham
Outstanding Human Resources Team
Outstanding Finance Team
University of Bedfordshire
Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year
Outstanding Research Management Team
University of Northampton
Outstanding Student Services Team
City University London
Outstanding Student Admissions Team
University of Warwick
Outstanding International Strategy
Birmingham City University
Outstanding Departmental Administration Team
University of Greenwich
Outstanding Registry Team
University of Derby
Outstanding Estates Team