The Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

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The Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

The ‘THE Awards’ are widely recognized as the Oscars of the higher education sector. Each year THE Awards attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication, and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life, showing countless reasons why their institutions continue to prosper. As ever, the ‘THE Awards 2018’ are free to enter and open to all UK higher education institutions.

Who May Eligible:

  • The awards are open to anyone involved in UK higher education.
  • Entries can be completed by those working at institutions or their suppliers (architects, PR companies, etc.). If you are entering on behalf of an institution, make sure they are happy for you to do so.
  • Some institutions now insist on all awards submissions going through a centralized process, but if this is not the case at your institution, they would still ask that potential entrants make their senior management and marketing teams aware that they are making a submission.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To apply, the applicants must submit an online entry through the given link:


  • You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.
  • Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your institution name, the nominee and the category you have entered. This email will also contain a unique ID number that will be used in future THE Awards 2018 correspondence relating to your entry.
  • Submissions should consist of up to 500 words of text specifically addressing the key criteria set out for the relevant category. You may also attach up to three sets of supporting materials, which should be no more than six sides of A4 in total.
  • Documents should be in PDF or Word doc format.
  • Up to three sets of supporting documents may be submitted, but in total, they should comprise no more than six sides of A4.
  • Supporting materials may include photographs, tables, graphs, documents containing statistics, testimonials, supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, promotional materials and media coverage (PowerPoint and video files will not be accepted; however, you may submit screenshots).
  • Any information submitted outside these guidelines will not be considered as part of the submission.
  • You may also submit more than one entry per category where projects or initiatives are distinctive and unrelated. Otherwise, they advise you to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry.


The ‘2018 THE Awards’ will cover all the following categories:

  • The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year
  • Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
  • Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration
  • Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Research Project of the Year: STEM
  • Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
  • Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  • Technological Innovation of the Year
  • Outstanding Support for Students
  • Most Innovative Teacher of the Year
  • International Collaboration of the Year
  • Business School of the Year
  • International Impact Award
  • THE DataPoints Merit Award
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurial University
  • University of the Year

Application Deadline:

The ‘2018 THE Awards’ are open for entries until Midnight on Wednesday 27 June 2018. The winners will be revealed on Thursday 29 November 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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