Aston celebrates top Times Higher Education awards

17 June 2011

THE Awards
At this week’s Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2011, Aston was shortlisted and nominated for three awards. Coming out ahead of many other institutions, Aston won the THE Award for Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year, and the Award for Outstanding Human Resources Team.

No other University won more awards than Aston. Presenter Julian Clary said: “Aston, you are doing very well. You will need a bigger trophy cabinet for all these accolades. You must be an incredible place”.

THE Awards are a prestigious demonstration of the achievements of Aston’s management and professional staff.

Dr Phil Extance, Pro Vice Chancellor for Business Partnerships & Knowledge Transfer, said: “The Knowledge Exchange Award recognises the huge success of the Innovation Voucher programme. It is entirely demand-led. The programme awards SMEs in the West Midlands with a voucher worth £3,000 which they can use to access the knowledge and expertise and facilities of Universities within the region. During the year, 104 Innovations Vouchers were issued with 253 applications in total.”

Adele MacKinlay, Chief Operating Officer, said: ” We are thrilled to have been awarded the THE Leadership and Management Award for the Outstanding Human Resources Team of the Year. Of the many HR initiatives that we could have included in our submission, we focused on the recently implemented ExCL (Excellence, Capability, Leadership) programme in which 200 managers from across the University participated. This programme has been fundamental in supporting the delivery of Aston First – making Aston an even better place to work and study”.

The THE Awards are a further indication of the dynamic role Aston plays within the City of Birmingham, and the dynamic way in which Aston is developing its internal culture.