Life-changing and game-changing: THE Awards 2017

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Published on 07 September 2017

Our University has been shortlisted in two categories in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

The national awards recognise excellence in Higher Education across a number of categories, they are extremely sought after and attract hundreds of nominations from Universities throughout the UK.

John Gill, Editor, Times Higher Education, said: "Once again these awards have attracted hundreds of entries from the length and breadth of the nation, and from institutions of every hue. All those shortlisted can be immensely proud to have made it through this first phase, and we at Times Higher Education look forward to honouring the winners for their talent, creativity and commitment at a time for the academy when these qualities are increasingly essential."

Shirley Atkinson, Vice Chancellor, University of Sunderland commented: “We’re clearly delighted that the University of Sunderland has been shortlisted in two categories for this year’s Times Higher Education Awards. These prestigious awards attract strong submissions from across the UK, so making it through the first phase is a tremendous achievement for our University community.

 “We are particularly pleased with the categories we have been shortlisted in: Most Improved Student Experience is voted for by students and as we have continued to invest in delivering an excellent, life-changing experience this recognition is the best possible feedback that our efforts are appreciated by our students.

“Our unique Living Lab, developed in collaboration with our health partners, was designed to simulate the patient care scenarios and is being successfully used for the high-level teaching of nurses, paramedics and pharmacists. Our stretching ambition is to improve patient care across the North East and we are making great progress, being shortlisted in the Technological Innovation of the Year category is a great endorsement for our efforts and achievements to date.”

Categories that the University of Sunderland has been shortlisted in are:

Technological Innovation of the Year - which recognises and promotes technological breakthroughs in universities that have the potential to significantly enhance operations. The University of Sunderland nominated the Living Lab in the Sciences Complex in this category and its submission detailed the major impact that this unique space, developed in collaboration with health partners, has had on the teaching of health professionals including nurses, paramedics and pharmacists. Judges in the category were looking for evidence of interdisciplinary science as well as collaboration between industry and academia.

Most Improved Student Experience – is a category voted for by around 20,000 students who anonymously rate their institution’s academic reputation, teaching, social life and facilities.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of November.