Fantastic five: UCLan shortlisted for five Times Higher Education Awards
University’s strengths in business, research, teaching and entrepreneurship all showcased after making it onto shortlists for the ‘Oscars of higher education’
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is today celebrating having been shortlisted in no less than five categories for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2022.
It’s one of the highest number of nominations UCLan has ever received and places us alongside the University of Glasgow as being the Universities with the most nominations in this year’s awards.
Widely regarded at the 'Oscars of higher education', UCLan is a finalist in the following THE 2022 categories: Business School of the Year (Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise; Outstanding Entrepreneurial University; Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year (Professor Soo Downe, Professor of Midwifery); Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Domestic Abuse Policy Guidance for UK Universities – Dr Roxanne Khan); and Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year (Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire - Professor Jim Richards and Dr Jill Alexander - and Swellaway Ltd ).
Now in their 18th year, the awards celebrate achievements during the 2020-21 academic year. The shortlists have been whittled down from more than 550 entries, amongst the most ever submitted, showcasing the huge and impressive breadth of activity, talent and innovation at universities across the country.
"What fantastic news. It’s such a testament to the innovation, hard work and commitment at the University of Central Lancashire that we are one of only two universities with an impressive five nominations for these awards"— Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin
Responding on behalf of the University to this year’s incredible nomination success, Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “What fantastic news. It’s such a testament to the innovation, hard work and commitment at the University of Central Lancashire that we are one of only two universities with an impressive five nominations for these awards.
“UCLan is a place where we are always striving to make things better – whether that’s for our students through the real world learning experiences and the support we provide, or through our academics’ strength in research, which can and does change lives. We are all very proud to be recognised on these shortlists once again, as we continue to grow and develop within the sector.”
John Gill, THE’s editor, said this year’s awards “celebrate the best that UK higher education has to offer, across 20 categories covering all aspects of university activity.
“Once again, the shortlists reflect universities doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times, during the 2020-21 academic year, when the pandemic continued to force higher education and all who work in it to respond to an unprecedented challenge. That universities did so with alacrity and creativity is clear from the truly exceptional stories told in the awards submissions…”
This year’s awards will be presented at the Hilton London Metropole on 17 November. The full awards shortlist can be viewed online.