University Innovators Win National Award

Posted by pt91 at Dec 20, 2011 04:55 PM |
Members of the University of Leicester’s administration and the University of Derby’s International team have scooped a prestigious national award
University Innovators Win National Award

Tee Holden and Geoff Green receive their award.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 December 2011

Tee Holden, the University of Derby’s International Operations Manager, won the award for Most Innovative Involvement at the 2011 Jubilee Lecture and Awards Ceremony of the Association for University Administrators, AUA. Tee shares the award with Geoff Green, Director of Administration for the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester

Staff from the University of Derby were among the 200 guests at the awards ceremony which was held at the Grand Connaught Rooms. London.

The pair work in partnership as East Midlands Co-ordinators for the AUA. Over the last 18 months they have built a support network for people working in administrative and management roles at universities in the region including Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, Cranfield, Northampton, Loughborough, De Montfort and The Open University.

Tee and Geoff have organised a number of seminars at each of the Universities giving staff the opportunity to network with their peers and to add to their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) portfolios.

Tee said: “I volunteered for the East Midlands AUA co-ordinator role as I felt there was a great opportunity to be had by networking with staff at neighbouring universities in similar roles. I wanted to explore the possibilities of sharing skills and best practice and to offer opportunities to learn from the experts.

“It’s not just about improving how we do our jobs though, it’s about influencing the sector we work in. That’s especially important at the moment. Higher education is in an interesting place right now, and we’re better able to understand our strengths and our challenges by working in collaboration with one another.”

One of the sessions Tee and Geoff organised, entitled Don’t Mention the C-Word: the culture of customer service in higher education, took a surprise turn as the trainer announced that he was going to teach everyone to juggle. The trainer, Kenton Lewis, Head of Widening Participation & Student Recruitment at St George’s University of London explained that the session wasn’t about ′juggling multiple roles′ or ′keeping numerous projects in the air′, it was about learning how to actually juggle as an exercise in concentration, relaxation and enjoyment.

Commenting after the award was given on November 29, Alison Robinson Canham, Executive Director at the AUA, said: “Tee and Geoff have made an outstanding personal contribution to the work of the AUA in the Midlands.

“The seminar series has done much to raise the profile of the Association and improved access to high quality development opportunities right across the region. As an organisation we are indebted to the individuals who give so generously of their time and expertise, and to the employing institutions which support them in this.”

Geoff Green, Director of Administration, College of Science & Engineering at the University of Leicester, said: “Over the last year AUA East Midlands professional development events have reached more than 200 managers working in universities across the region, and it was fantastic that the AUA recognised this contribution in its Jubilee year.

“It was a surprise and a delight to receive the national award for the most innovative involvement in AUA.  Our role has simply been to coordinate and facilitate the efforts of those dedicated and professional university managers who are committed advocates for the AUA and the continuing development of our profession, both within and beyond their own individual institutions.”

The AUA’s next regional conference is being held at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre on June 28, 2012.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the AUA can contact Tee Holden at  or on 01332 591633.


Press release by Press Officer, Annabel Harvey, 01332 591942, email

– Read our latest news at

Notes to editors:

The University of Derby is a thriving institution inspired by a dedication to quality and opportunity. It is an innovator in flexible modular study and e-learning solutions tailoring programmes to students’ needs.

The University is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. A wide range of subjects are offered in the subjects areas of arts, design and technology; business, computing and law; and education, health and sciences.

In 2010 the University won the ‘Outstanding Leadership and Management Team’ category at the national Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards and was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards (category finalist: Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development), the Heist Awards for marketing (category finalist: Best PR Campaign and Best Integrated Campaign) and the Accountancy Age Awards (category finalist: Public Services and Voluntary Sector Finance Team of the Year).

Last year’s successes built on those in 2009 when the University was recognised in the Heist and Times Higher Education awards, and shortlisted in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) awards, amongst others.

The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre.

University of Derby Students’ Union, research centres and academic schools –including The Derbyshire Business School – are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite and a pioneering computer games development suite.

The UK’s first dedicated site for arts, design and technology at Markeaton Street was opened by Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, in autumn 2007. Britannia Mill, a restored Victorian mill, houses the University’s School of Social Care and Therapeutic Practice, and some of our nursing students are trained in Chesterfield.

In 2008, University of Derby Corporate, the business-to-business arm of the University, was launched working with a range of employers regionally and nationally to provide bespoke professional courses. It is now based at the University’s £8m purpose built business facility, The Enterprise Centre, which opened in Bridge Street, Derby, in summer 2010.

The University also has a multiple award-winning £23m campus in the Peak District spa town of Buxton, after five years of careful restoration. It was officially opened by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in February 2006.

The building's centrepiece is a magnificent Dome, larger than St Paul's in London – its facilities are among the finest in Europe and the Buxton Faculty has further education and higher education provisions.

Derby achieved University status in 1992. Professor John Coyne has been the University’s Vice-Chancellor since the summer of 2004.

Share this page:

Older press releases

For press releases issued before 4 October 2010, please visit the old eBulletin site.

Get in touch

T: +44 (0)116 252 2160


The Press Office is open 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

For general enquiries about the University, contact the main switchboard on +44 (0)116 252 2522.