University of Leicester up for total of eight awards

Posted by er134 at May 13, 2013 09:40 AM |
Success in Richard III Communications campaign sees University shortlisted for national awards

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 May 2013

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted for a clutch of national awards, in part following worldwide attention for the Discovery of King Richard III.

The first awards nomination is in the 2013 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards which celebrate the sector’s leadership, management, financial and business skills. They are designed to showcase the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions.

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted in two categories:

  • Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team
  • Outstanding University Fundraising Initiative

The University’s work surrounding openness in communicating animal research, its work on the Search for Richard III and the development of the debating platform Leicester Exchanges led to it being shortlisted for Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team.

Fundraising for the University’s Cardiovascular Research Centre led to the nomination for Outstanding University Fundraising Initiative.

In the second awards competition, the University of Leicester has been shortlisted for six national 2013 Heist Awards for Education Marketing.

The University has been nominated in the following entries:

  • Best PR/ Advocacy Campaign
  • Best Alumni or Fundraising Campaign
  • Best Postgraduate Prospectus
  • Best Student Recruitment Campaign
  • Best Undergraduate Prospectus
  • Heist Awards’ Marketing Department of the Year

The PR/Advocacy campaign category focuses on the media strategy surrounding the announcement of the Discovery of King Richard III and is a major component of the bid for Marketing Department of the Year.

Richard Taylor, Deputy Registrar, said: “Leicester is the only university in the UK to have won six consecutive THE Awards. There’s a good chance now that we may add a seventh. It’s pleasing to see the University shortlisted for such a range of awards. Working closely with academic colleagues, my marketing colleagues have been able to deliver some excellent projects and publications this year”.

Winners of the Times Higher Awards will be announced on 20 June while the Heist Awards ceremony will take place in Manchester on 11 July.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society

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