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York shortlisted for University of the Year and Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Awards

Posted on 6 September 2018

The University of York has been shortlisted for the prestigious University of the Year award in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2018.

The Department of Chemistry’s Dr Glenn Hurst has also been shortlisted for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year in the awards, which are known as the ‘Oscars of higher education’.

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University of the Year

The University of the Year category celebrates examples of exceptional performance through bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives. Our nomination recognises our achievements in respect of creating an empowered environment to enable staff and students to achieve extraordinary things, and also takes account of our work to:

  • Deliver innovative teaching, a wide range of extra-curricular activities, and programmes co-designed with employers to prepare our students to compete in globally competitive labour markets
  • Widen access to higher education and support progression through philanthropy
  • Offer stimulating public engagement programmes, including the York Festival of Ideas, to engage diverse audiences to understand the value and importance of higher education

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

Our strength in teaching is also evidenced by the shortlisting of Dr Glenn Hurst of the Department of Chemistry for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, for his inventive use of social media to enhance student engagement, understanding and communication.

Dr Hurst said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for such a special award. I would like to dedicate this to the marvellous students at York together with my inspirational and supportive colleagues. It is a great privilege to work with so many talented students and to see them reach their potential.”

Head of the Department of Chemistry, Professor Duncan Bruce, said: “It is wonderful to see Glenn shortlisted for this award. Here in the Department we pride ourselves in providing a top quality teaching and learning environment – the dedication and innovation of our talented academic staff, as exemplified by Glenn, is crucial in allowing us to achieve this.”

“A significant achievement”

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, said: “I’m delighted that the Times Higher Education shortlisting panel has recognised the innovation, enthusiasm and dedication of our staff and students.

“Innovation is key to our success and the shortlisted initiatives are powerful examples of the ways that we continue to embody the University’s founding principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all.”

Times Higher Education editor John Gill said: “It’s a significant achievement to make this shortlist, and we look forward to honouring all the finalists at the Grosvenor in November."

The winners of the Times Higher Education Awards will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday 29 November.


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