The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2010 were marked last night by a gala dinner held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Aston University had been shortlisted for the accolade of ‘Outstanding International Strategy’ this year and although the University did not claim the title this year – it was won by University of Greenwich – Aston has much to be proud of.
Professor Helen Higson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Relations said: “This nomination is testimony to the hard work of Aston’s staff. The aim of the international strategy is for Aston University to be a centre of excellence in intercultural learning, ensuring that our staff and students are prepared to operate in a global working environment through international competence. Being shortlisted for this award has confirmed the University’s commitment to becoming a world leader in this area.”
The awards, now in their second year, are designed to celebrate the sector’s leadership, management, financial and business skills. They showcase the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions.
Aston now has over 2,000 students from outside the EU; this equates to approximately 20 per cent of our students. Another 7 per cent come from EU countries outside the UK.
The universities also shortlisted for the award of ‘Outstanding International Strategy’ were Heriot-Watt University, Northumbria University, University of Nottingham and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
There were 18 categories, covering procurement, estates, HR, administration, finance and fundraising, communication, library, ICT, student services, international strategy, admissions and registry, recruitment, research management and knowledge transfer.
Words by Louise Russell