University of Leicester shortlisted for three national awards

Posted by pt91 at Sep 12, 2011 11:52 AM |
Nominations for prestigious awards revealed

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 September 2011

The University of Leicester  has been shortlisted for three Times Higher Education Awards for 2011, which celebrate the excellence within UK higher education institutions.

In announcing the shortlist, the Times Higher Education said, “The unflagging quality and innovation evident in universities across the UK shows the sector's resolute commitment to excellence in the face of a difficult and unpredictable climate. Our shortlist for the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards showcases the sector's standouts.”

Leicester’s nominations are:

Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology

This award recognises and promotes technological breakthroughs at institutions in either products or services that have the potential to significantly enhance the operations of the commercial or the public sector.

In a development that can truly change the way blood pressure is monitored across the world, researchers from the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, the NHS and HealthSTATS International developed a mathematical algorithm that allows for accurate measurement of the blood pressure close to the heart – and, working with industry,  invented a specialised watch that captures the pulse waves at the wrist.

The new technology will lead to better identification of those who will most likely benefit from treatment, particularly in younger patients.

Research Project of the Year

This will be awarded to the individual or team for innovative research that has a far-reaching impact on its field and has caught, or has the potential to catch, the imagination of the public.

The researchers in the Department of Geology were nominated for devising a new method for extracting information from 500 million year old fossils. They studied the way fish decompose to gain a clearer picture of how our ancient fish-like ancestors would have looked.

Their results indicate that some of the earliest fossils from our part of the tree of life may have been more complex than has previously been thought.

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

This award seeks to reward the academic whose imagination and passion have transformed a course and inspired students.

Professor Nisha Dogra of the Greenwood Institute of Child Health has demonstrated both innovation and leadership in the field of psychiatry education at international, national and local levels.   Through her teaching and strategic contribution to curriculum development, Professor Dogra has successfully tackled an acknowledged national problem; the apparent lack of appeal of psychiatry to student doctors.

The University of Leicester has won Times Higher Education awards for every year since 2007 and is former winner of the Times Higher University of the Year award.

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