Testimonials

"The awards, now in their 14th year and widely known as the 'Oscars of higher education', shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions working in our sector today.

“We are absolutely thrilled to win the THE University of the Year Award. We particularly valued the feedback from the judges about what makes Essex stand out from the crowd. The recognition of the great things we are doing is a real boost to our work.

“I am delighted that this award recognises the values we embody and the achievements of our community of members.

“We are honoured to join a select group of 13 other universities that have won the THE University of the Year Award. This is a tremendous accolade for the work of our staff and students at Essex"

Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex
University of the Year Award 2018


“This is award is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work of the team, and all the staff who took part in our innovative ILM programmes.  “We look forward to continuing the roll-out of these courses, to ensure the University has a leadership community equipped with the skills and abilities to meet its strategic goals and deal effectively with the demands of the 21st century.” 

Martin McCrindle, Director of HR and Organisation Development, University of Stirling 
Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development 2018


“A huge thank you to everyone we work with, NCEE and Times Higher Education for naming us Outstanding Entrepreneurial University, it means so much. The world of work is changing and we work hard to prepare King’s students, staff and alumni with the skills and entrepreneurial mindset they’ll need to succeed. We’re a small, passionate Entrepreneurship Institute team who’ve come up with innovative new programmes and partnerships to make this happen across all King’s 9 faculties and 31,000 students. 

Entrepreneurial minds at King’s have pioneered and influenced many of the advances that shape our lives and continue to do so, building the next generation of exciting ventures that are creating jobs and contributing to the UK economy.” 

Julie Devonshire OBE, Director, Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London 
Outstanding Entrepreneurial University 2018


“I am over the moon to win this award. We have worked extremely hard to bring forward a ground-breaking new type of publisher. We are the only student-led trade publishing house within a University in the world. We’ve proved that it’s possible to make a bestseller and we will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible. Winning this award is a real thumbs up for our efforts. Onwards and upwards!”

Debbie Williams, Director of UCLan Publishing & Department of Publishing
Excellence & Innovation in the Arts 2018


We are very proud to be named THE Awards University of the Year. This award is testimony to our governors, business partners, colleagues and students whose hard work is the foundation of all our success, and represents the dedication, creativity and expertise of all those who support the ambitions of the University every day to enable our students to succeed. As a University with over 30,000 students from diverse backgrounds we are particularly proud to provide an education that is transforming the lives of so many young people, and that this has been recognised through the University of the Year award.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University
University of the Year 2017


The University of Glasgow was delighted to receive the THE Outstanding Contribution to Leadership award in recognition of our Leadership Behavioural Framework and related 360 diagnostic tool.  We know there is always strong competition for these prestigious awards.  The framework is the result of a co-creation of the University’s leadership community in articulating what they expected of their leaders to achieve success so we are celebrating receiving the award on their behalf as well as the Employee and Organisational Development team who led on this project.

June Cullen, Organisational and Learning Development Lead, Employee and Organisational Development, University of Glasgow
Outstanding Contribution to Leadership award 2017


"I was honoured and proud to receive the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community on behalf of the CAER Heritage team along side Dave Horton from our community partner Action in Caerau and Ely and Viv Thomas, long term community volunteer and Ely resident. That we all went up to accept the award together reflects the close partnerships and co-production values that underpin our project.  It is wonderful that that those partnerships and values have now been recognised by the Times Higher Awards. Indeed, this is not simply an award for Cardiff University, it is an award for a myriad of project partners including Cardiff Council, the Cardiff West Community High school, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Story Museum and the Glamorgan Archive. Most importantly, it is an award for the hundreds of local volunteers who have contributed to the project and the immensely warm and talented communities of Caerau and Ely. It recognises the incredible significance of heritage assets for communities facing social and economic challenges and highlights that through embedding academics in their host communities, universities have the power to effect real and lasting positive change through the co-production of knowledge. "

Dr David Wyatt, Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History, Community and Engagement 
Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community 2017


"The decision to submit an entry for a THE award can be nerve-wracking as you know that something you are immensely proud of will be subject to intense scrutiny. However, once you collect your winning trophy all that is forgotten. We are so pleased to have won the award  for Outstanding Support for Students as it acknowledges the hard work and commitment of our staff, and in particular the dedication of the Student Success Project team, to ensure that all our students are given every opportunity to fulfill their academic potential regardless of background. Winning this award means a great deal to us all."

Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of Kent 
Outstanding Support for Students 2017


“We were delighted to be named University of the Year 2016. When the Ebola epidemic got out of control it was our duty to mobilise to help stop this outbreak. Thank you to our committed community of staff, students and alumni for their outstanding work and ongoing dedication to meeting urgent challenges in public and global health.”

Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 
University of the year 2016


"I am honoured to be the recipient of the THE Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award. In my history courses at Canterbury Christ Church University, I have sought to balance a rigorous curriculum and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, with developing a variety of graduate skills amongst my students. I am thrilled that this award has recognised the diverse teaching methods that I use to introduce students to early modern history, from workshops and trial recreations with invited external scholars, to interactive assessed debates and exhibitions involving the local community. Perhaps most importantly, it reaffirms the value that these methods bring to students’ experience, by assisting them to make sense of material for themselves in a creative and collaborate environment not only within the university, but also in a professional capacity."

Dr Sara Wolfson, Director of Employability, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award


“I am honoured to be the first recipient of this award in full awareness that there are many other committed research supervisors here and overseas.  I am delighted that the success of social work doctoral students, the excellence of the work of PhD students who are British Sign Language users and the diversity of other doctoral students with whom I have worked can be celebrated through this award.”

Alys Young, Prof of Social Work Education & Research, The University of Manchester


"Becoming University of the Year is a tremendous achievement and one that every member of staff, every student past and present, every governor, every friend and every partner has contributed to. We are delighted to receive the recognition our peers have decided we deserve. Sometimes it’s nice to know we make a difference to peoples’ lives, and the hundreds of congratulatory emails in my inbox alone in the days following the fantastic award ceremony have been testimony to that. Thank you."

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor, Edge Hill University
University of the Year


“We are delighted that our University has been recognised with the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts Award, which is an especially significant and important accolade for a specialist creative institution such as NUA. The award recognised that the experience students receive at NUA prepares them to not only produce outstanding creative work, but also to become fully prepared to operate in professional industries. Our 92% graduate employment rate points to our continued success in achieving this commitment.”

Sarah Steed, Business Director, Norwich University of the Arts 
Excellence and Innovation in the Arts Award


"As Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Experience, I am delighted that Cardiff Metropolitan University has received the THE Award for the Most Improved Student Experience. The University remains committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of its work. Staff work in partnership with the Student Union and Student Representatives to enhance the student experience in a deliberate strategic approach and gaining this award is testament to the significant progress we have made."

Jacqui Hare, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Experience, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Most Improved Student Experience


"We were thrilled to accept the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year Award for UCLan’s Digital Shift programme. We set out to truly transform the student experience and this ambitious programme of cultural change has combined technology and teaching pedagogy to leverage institutional-wide benefits for both staff and students. We are fortunate enough to have worked with an innovative and dedicated set of academics throughout the programme and have of course benefitted from the use of excellent JISC resources. It is an honour to achieve such a prestigious award, thank you THE!"

Lisa Banks Director of Learning and Information Services, University of Central Lancashire
Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year Award


"We are delighted to have won this major award, which is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of all at the University. Our re-launch and continuing management of Derby Theatre has seen it go from strength to strength, in a way which benefits both our students and the wider theatre-going public."

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby