We’re thrilled to have won the Outstanding Student Services THELMA this year. Our Student Engagement Interns have made an incredible difference to the experience of our students, helping those that need support in continuing their studies and fulfilling their potential. 

At LSBU we aim to transform the lives of our students, and it's wonderful that the team’s hard work is being recognised. I'm incredibly proud to lead the LSBU Student Support and Employment department.  Our staff are innovative and inclusive in all they do, and this particular initiative had a positive impact on student experience, student outcomes, University success and gave our graduates a wonderful opportunity to enter the world of work with us.

Kirsteen Coupar, Director, London South Bank University

Outstanding Student Services Team 2018

We were delighted when the School of Engineering and Digital Arts’ name was announced at the THE Leadership and Management Awards 2018 at the luxurious Grosvenor Hotel in London. Our colleagues are very precious to us, and being recognised as the winner in the category of Workplace of the Year  was a welcome recognition of the engaging and creative ways in which we strive to create a workplace culture of community, of camaraderie and of equality, diversity and inclusivity.  Distinguishing us in this way boosts our determination, and reflects Kent’s institutional commitment to improving the experience of HE professionals through staff-focused events and social responsibility initiatives. Such activities reinforce our sense of belonging, allowing us to truly connect with our workforce. 

Catherine Butler, Communications and Engagement Manager, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent

Workplace of the Year 2018 

‘The University of Huddersfield has come to the end of its most recent five year strategic plan and has had some great successes including a gold TEF award, improved student retention, satisfaction and employment outcomes.  There are a great many teams working hard behind the scenes to make this happen and to turn the strategy into a reality that will improve the student experience.  The THELMAs are the only place where the ground breaking behind the scenes work can be recognised on a national stage and for this we are truly grateful.  I won my first THELMA seven years ago and it very much drives you forward and on to greater achievements in the sector and seven years later my team are winning their very own award which makes me very proud.’

 Paul Youngson MEng MSc PhD MCMI CMgr - Head of Planning

Outstanding Strategic Planning Team- 2018

The THELMA for Outstanding Leadership and Management Team recognises the university’s truly excellent progress in delivering its visionary strategic plan, underpinned by investment in infrastructure, academic staff and our curriculum. The award also highlights the fantastic dedication and exceptional performance of a team working effectively with the board and staff, while always putting our students first. The THELMAs shine a light upon best practice in our sector, which is invaluable, and this recognition of achievement inspires our continuing drive to widen participation in higher education.

 Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor, UWL

Outstanding Leadership and Management Team 2017

“To win the 2017 Outstanding Strategic Planning team THELMA was a fantastic experience, bringing national recognition to the collaborative approach we’ve been taking at the University of Strathclyde to widen access. Staff right across the University have demonstrated huge commitment to providing opportunities for students from all backgrounds to benefit from the educational experience we offer in a research-intensive environment. 

We are enormously proud of the innovative way in which we, in the Strategy and Policy Directorate, are developing tools and systems to ensure our colleagues have the best quality information available to enable them to make evidence-based decisions. It is what strategic planning is all about! That this was commended at a UK national level via the THELMA is particularly gratifying, raising awareness within and outwith the University of this high priority area. 

“The celebratory and uplifting atmosphere at the awards ceremony really allowed the sector to come together to share in each other’s success.”

Rona Smith, Director of Strategy and Policy, University of Strathclyde 

Outstanding Strategic Planning team 2017

Winning the Workplace of the Year at this year’s THELMA ceremony is a huge accolade for Strathclyde.  It reinforces that our people strategy is best in class and that Strathclyde is a really special place to work.  We are proud to be a socially progressive employer and the THELMA award recognises the support which we have been providing to staff at all levels.”

Sandra Heidinger, Director of Human Resources, University of Strathclyde

Workplace of the Year 2017

"Winning the THELMA for Alumni Engagement has been an overwhelming experience for all of us. It feels like the sector has recognised the committed, focused work of our Professional Mentoring team over the last ten years, while also recognising the significant time and effort that our alumni voluntarily dedicate each month to enhancing the employability of our current students.  We feel deeply proud and are honoured to receive such a high accolade."

Dr Graham Daborn, Executive Officer to the President, City, University of London

Alumni Engagement Award 2017

"It was a huge honour for our Destination Leaders Programme to win the THELMA for Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative. It is a huge testament to the work that we have done with our key partner Scottish Enterprise over the last 4 years to build leadership capacity in the Scottish Tourism Industry and we would like to dedicate it to all of the amazing industry particpants who have been through our programme and the employers who have supported it."

Dr Jane Ali-Knight, Associate Professor in Festival and Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University

Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative 2017

"Winning the award has not only provided appropriate recognition for our dedicated team of staff who are engaged in exploiting the intellectual capital within the university for the benefit of businesses, but it has also significantly raised the profile of the University of Wolverhampton regionally, nationally and internationally, leading to new collaborative opportunities and income generation. Receiving such a prestigious award is a fantastic endorsement of our university's work and very much appreciated"

Ian Oakes, deputy vice-chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

"The University of Edinburgh’s Procurement team was delighted that its quality, innovation and leadership was recognised at the THE Leadership and Management Awards. The team was especially pleased that the award gave recognition to its consistently high standard over a number of years. Being considered outstanding amongst its HE peer group has helped raise the profile of procurement within the university, and in Queen Margaret University (who share our services), and it has given the whole team a tremendous boost”

Karen Bowman, director of procurement, University of Edinburgh

“We were delighted that Newcastle University won the Outstanding Leadership and Management Team award, especially as this was for enhancing the student learning and teaching experience in light of the increase in tuition fees. The reward reflected not only the strategic input from Council, Senate and the senior management team but also the excellent partnership working between academics, professional services and students. The reward gave a huge endorsement to our approach and the recognition was celebrated across the University”

Suzanne Cholerton, pro vice-chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University

"We were absolutely thrilled to win the THELMA for Outstanding Student Services Team for Swansea University. It was a great boost to staff morale after a difficult year and we had a fantastic night at the awards ceremony. Winning really helped to boost our profile within the University as well as with external partners and the initiative that secured the award has received a lot of attention as well as additional funding. As it was based on working in partnership with colleges, the award has really enhanced our credibility with academic staff and raised awareness of all the work we do as a department"

Sarah Huws-Davies, director of student services, Swansea University

“The finance team was delighted to have received national recognition from such a prestigious organisation as THE for its efforts and achievements in advancing many aspects of financial management. It has been a real boost to the confidence of the staff involved and it underlines the University of Hertfordshire’s commitment to acting in a business-facing manner”

Alistair Moffat, University of Hertfordshire

"We were delighted that student administration colleagues at our Scarborough Campus were recognised for their truly outstanding work in the THE Leadership and Management Awards. The award was a great boost after a challenging change process and enabled their excellent achievements and innovative approach to be recognised and celebrated very publicly"

Craig Gaskell, University of Hull 

"We were delighted to win the THE Outstanding Registry Award. The award recognised the contribution of registry staff to improving the student experience and provided a valuable platform to showcase a new initiative which has helped significantly reduce the numbers of student complaints received"

Kathy Sherlock, head of registry, University of Huddersfield

"Winning the THELMA for Outstanding Marketing / Communications Team was terrific for two reasons: it provided affirmation from our peers that the quality of our press and communications work around the Dig for Richard III was world class and, secondly, it helped the University of Leicester achieve the distinction of being the only university to win THE awards every year since their inception"

Ather Mirza, director, News Centre, External Relations, University of Leicester

“We were delighted to win the THE Outstanding Fundraising Initiative Award. The prestige of this award is recognised widely in the sector and is wonderful recognition for the inspired work and professionalism of the university’s Development and Alumni Relations team and the tremendous support of our benefactors. It has certainly helped to raise the profile of fundraising at Leicester and spur us on to achieve even greater things”

Crysta Campbell, development executive, University of Leicester

"The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards celebrate all that is truly valuable and innovative about higher education in the UK. No other organisation can bring this diverse sector together in such a positive way"

Tricia Wombell, director of marketing and communications, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education