• The Guardian University Awards 2018 revealed

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    The Guardian has announced the winners of its Guardian University Awards, recognising the universities that inspire students and transform communities through innovation.

    Hosted by presenter Lauren Laverne, the awards were held at LSO St Luke’s in London. 15 categories gave university departments a chance to showcase their achievements. Judges included Guardian journalists, along with senior professionals and academics from higher education.

    2018 Winners

    Advancing staff equality
    Winner – University of Strathclyde
    Runners-up – Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Sheffield

    Buildings that inspire
    Winner – University of Hull
    Runners-up – Newcastle University, Norwich University of the Arts

    Business collaboration
    Winner – Heriot-Watt University
    Runners-up: University of Kent, University of Lincoln

    Course and curriculum design
    Winner – University of Huddersfield
    Runners-up – University of Salford, University of the West of Scotland

    Digital innovation
    Winner – Open University
    Runners-up – Imperial College London, University of Greenwich

    Employability and entrepreneurship
    Winner – Falmouth University
    Runners-up – Sheffield Business School, the Royal Agricultural University

    Winner – University of Central Lancashire
    Runners-up – Birmingham City University, the University of Nottingham

    Marketing and comms campaign
    Winner – London School of Economics and Political Science
    Runners-up – De Montfort University Leicester, Loughborough University

    Research impact
    Winner – University of Exeter
    Runners-up – Heriot-Watt University, University of Glasgow

    Retention, support and student outcomes
    Winner – University of Strathclyde
    Runners-up – Solent University, York St John University

    Social and community impact
    Winner – Swansea University
    Runners-up – De Montfort University Leicester, University of Manchester and University of Sheffield

    Student experience
    Winner – University of Surrey
    Runners-up – University of Stirling, York St John University

    Sustainability project
    Winner – University of Plymouth
    Runners-up – University of Manchester

    Teaching excellence
    Winner – Open University
    Runners-up – Coventry University, University of Surrey

    Widening access and outreach
    Winner – Birkbeck, University of London
    Runners-up – Nottingham Trent University, University of Sunderland

    Inspiring leader award
    Mary Stuart, vice-chancellor, University of Lincoln

    Accepting her Inspiring Leader award, Mary Stuart told The Guardian that “Universities must not lose sight of the fact that they are communities too” and that “we need to work together to respond to the challenges of the 21st century,” which included “digitalisation and automation, changing the very nature of work and society, of post-truth and the authenticity of knowledge where we find so much information and misinformation.”


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