University of Leicester shortlisted in 10th annual Times Higher Education Awards

Posted by er134 at Sep 04, 2014 09:21 AM |
University recognised for Outstanding Support for Students

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 September 2014

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted for a national Higher Education award – and is the only university to have won a Times Higher education award for every year since the inception of the awards.

Hundreds of nominations for outstanding institutions, departments and individuals were submitted across 18 categories covering the full range of university activity. These awards showcase the pioneering spirit, adaptability and sheer quality of our sector.

John Gill, THE editor, said: "This celebration marks the tenth anniversary of the Times Higher Education Awards, 10 years in which higher education has undergone huge changes but has always risen to the challenges it has faced. Our universities and colleges are among the nation’s most respected institutions, both at home and internationally, and it’s THE’s great privilege to have played a part in celebrating their achievements over the past decade.”

Leicester is shortlisted in the Outstanding Support for Students category.

Raj Patel, Engagement Manager for the Career Development Service said: “Our commitment to students has always been that coming to Leicester doesn’t just mean a great degree, it means developing an extra dimension; the skills and qualities that will make them the stand out choice for employers. The fact the Career Development Service has been shortlisted again in the ‘Outstanding Student Support’ category is a welcome endorsement of this.”

Bob Athwal, Director for Student Experience, added: “I’m extremely proud that the Career Development Service has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award. Like the rest of the University, the team is committed to excellence and the nomination is a testament to the impact these efforts are having on students’ employability. This work is offering students a much richer experience when they come to Leicester. I think it’s an exciting time to be a student at the University. The next academic year will see even further developments in our drive to make the student experience at Leicester second to none.”

The nomination in the ‘Outstanding Student Support’ category recognises the innovative approach the Career Development Service have taken and, more specifically, its commitment to ensuring every student studying at Leicester has access to opportunities that will develop their transferable skills.

These include, but are not limited to:

-          the expansion of the Leicester Award Programme to accommodate more than a 1,000 students each year

-          improving the volume and accessibility of part-time jobs on campus; there were over 1,200 paid opportunities for students in the last academic year

-          the development of Talent Academies that involve employers and have been incorporated within the degrees of first year students.

Most recently, this commitment to employability and student development has extended to the provision of internships and the class of 2014 will be amongst the first who can take advantage of this.

The full shortlist for all 18 categories is published in today’s issue of Times Higher Education, and is also available on the awards website:

The winners will be announced on Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Once again this promises to be a spectacular event with over 1000 guests expected to attend, including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and university staff from all corners of the UK.



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