Three prestigious THE nominations – thank you to everyone involved
We have been shortlisted for three Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 – Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year, Outstanding Communications/Marketing Team and Outstanding Estates Strategy. Known as the THELMAs, the awards celebrate the best examples of innovation, teamwork and enterprise.
Our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “I am delighted that our hard work and achievement in crucial areas such as teaching and research is being recognised by The Times Higher Education in this way. At a time when teaching is a focus of national and international attention, we have worked closely with our students and employers to ensure that our teaching strategy looks deeply into what really matters to students and graduates, as well as what is the best way to ensure we respond to the challenges of the future.
I am delighted that our hard work and achievement in crucial areas such as teaching and research is being recognised by The Times Higher Education in this way.
President and Vice-chancellor
"This is backed up by the approach we are taking to our campus and facilities, as we transform our ability to work with students and industry in new ways, including with the world's first fully reconfigurable Factory of the Future where our engineers and computer scientists work with McLaren and Boeing to revolutionise productivity.
"However, none of this would be possible without our truly international student community and the scholars who teach them, so I am deeply grateful to the THE for its recognition of the #WeAreInternational campaign which has become a shared statement of welcome and the value of international scholarship right across UK higher education. It has never been more timely or more needed."
Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year
This nomination recognises our strategic teaching and learning plans of 2015–16, which focussed on a wide range of sector-leading developments including engaged learning, interdisciplinarity, open online learning, apprenticeship education, and personal and academic support.
The shortlisting also recognises the consultation with over 600 staff, students and external stakeholders to develop our new Learning and Teaching Strategy 2016–21, which will help us to build upon our previous successes.
Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our teaching and learning strategy.
“This nomination reaffirms our University as a unique place to study and a global leader in research and teaching, as well as an institution giving students and staff the opportunity to have a say in its strategic future.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the consultation. This is about us all supporting and engaging with learning and teaching and helping to develop a strategy for our University and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next 12 months.”
#WeAreInternational has inspired the US campaign #YouAreWelcomeHere and a formal signing of shared values between these campaigns is to take place in New York this spring.
Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team
Our shortlisting for the Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team comes as a result of the University’s work in key areas of concern within higher education – both in the UK and globally – through our sector-wide #WeAreInternational campaign.
The nomination celebrates our work creating and sharing un-branded marketing materials and our collaboration with 160 universities across the UK, along with business organisations, the NUS, UKCISA, British Council and government departments.
Some of these resources include the #WeAreInternational videos which have had nearly 120,000 views across all channels, plus many additional downloads from our network of over 200 partners.
Given the wider context of Brexit and the US election, the campaign has also been able to offer support to a rapidly growing sister campaign in the US – #YouAreWelcomeHere – which was originally inspired by our work. A formal signing of shared values between these campaigns is to take place in New York this spring, an exciting step towards further worldwide unity and collaboration.
#WeAreInternational has also recently been lobbying MPs to support an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill, which aims to remove international students from net migration targets and is due to be voted on in the House of Commons soon.
Outstanding Estates Strategy
Our recognition in the Outstanding Estates Strategy category follows our new approach to the University campus and its facilities, particularly our projects within engineering, the city campus and the development of The Diamond.
Our new estates strategy outlines the need for our campus and facilities to match up with the excellence the University offers in teaching and research to ensure the best opportunities and facilities for staff and students.
Initiatives such as the heartspace project and the development of the AMRC’s Factory 2050, the UK’s first fully reconfigurable factory, all come under the new strategy which will run until 2021.
The Diamond is already proving a huge success; delivering innovative teaching facilities and designed at an impressive scale to accommodate up to 5,500 people.
We have also recently been voted joint second for facilities in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.
Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, said: “We are extremely proud to receive this nomination.
“Our estate is central to the delivery of the University’s academic vision and its strategic objectives – it has always been a priority for our campus and facilities to match our excellence in academia.
“We know how important the physical environment is in supporting teaching and learning and we’re delighted to have been recognised for our work in this area.”