November 29, 2005

Times Higher Award Winners 2005

The results of the Times Higher awards were announced in last week's issue (25th Nov). Thirteen categories, and what the THES describes as a "celebration of the best of UK higher education". The winners:-

  • Rana Mitter from Oxford won young academic author of the year, for his book A bitter revolution: China's struggle with the modern world.
  • UCE won the widening participation initiative of the year for their "Breakthrough to Learning" program.
  • UHI Millennium Institute won most imaginative use of distance learning for their BA in Culture Studies program. It's a four year course taught via nine academic partners spread across the Highlands and Islands.
  • Proximagen Neuroscience won business initiative of the year. It's a spin-off from King's College doing drug research into Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
  • Julie MacPherson from Warwick's Department of Chemistry won young researcher of the year for her work on science on the nanoscale.
  • Salford won outstanding contribution to the local community for their work on Community Reinvestment Trusts.
  • Sheffield Hallam was employer of the year.
  • The National Cancer Research Institute won research project of the year for their informatics initiative.
  • University of Wales, Swansea won the award for best student experience. They were ranked top for facilities, social life and prospects, and second for course satisfaction and exceeding expectations.
  • Westminster won the award for outstanding support for oversears students, for the work of their Scholarships Department.
  • Exeter won the award for outstanding support for students with disabilities for the work of their Disability Resource Centre.
  • Lewis Elton received a lifetime achievement award. He's 82 and recently accepted a visiting professorship of higher education at Manchester University.
  • Manchester was the higher education institution of the year.

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