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.