Posted on 26 November 2010
The University of York has been named University of the Year in the 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
The Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor received the award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night. York was one of five universities shortlisted for the award sponsored by Santander Universities.
The judges were impressed by the University’s drive to combine academic excellence with social inclusion and its record in scientific discovery. They also said that York was investing more in the arts and humanities than any other university.
Shearer West, chair of Research Councils UK’s research and development group and one of the judges, said: “York has an impressive record for outstanding research, high-quality teaching and social inclusion. It has been undergoing a period of physical expansion, with improvements to its student and research facilities. It is also leading the way in reinforcing its fine track record in the humanities through major investment.”
This is brilliant news for everyone at York. It is a tremendous tribute to the hard work, dedication and ability of staff, students, alumni, friends, colleagues and partners, here in York and throughout the world.
Professor Brian Cantor
Professor Cantor said: “This is brilliant news for everyone at York. It is a tremendous tribute to the hard work, dedication and ability of staff, students, alumni, friends, colleagues and partners, here in York and throughout the world. They have all contributed to this success.
“The University of York’s success is founded on three principles: we are an academic community dedicated to excellence; we have a deep commitment to social equity; and we have an exciting, modern and innovative spirit. It is a privilege for me to work for such an outstanding University.”
There were nearly 500 entries across 18 categories of the THE awards which are now in their sixth year. York was also shortlisted in three other categories. The University was shortlisted for the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year and the International Collaboration of the Year for the work of Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) on its Artemisia Research Project.
Dr Nicola McDonald, of the Department of English and Related Literature, was also shortlisted as Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.
It is the second time the University of York has won a University of the Year award – it was given a similar accolade in 2003 by the Sunday Times.