The 2019 Independent Higher Education Awards will be presented at our 2019 Annual Conference, celebrating innovation and best practice across the independent sector.
The 2019 Awards are as follows:
Advancing International Education
This award will recognise an independent higher education provider who has shown innovation and commitment to advancing international education.
Excellence in Student Collaboration
Partnership and collaboration amongst students and staff can enhance a students’ sense of belonging and support student retention and success.
Outstanding Industry Partnerships
Many independent higher education providers share strong partnerships with their industries, facilitating industry standards and providing life-long learning opportunities.
Breakthrough Course Innovation in Design or Delivery
Independent providers are known for doing things differently, providing an alternative to a more traditional degree course. To celebrate this diversity this award will recognise providers who transform the learning experience through innovative course design and delivery.
Leaders in Student Outreach
Students at Independent Higher Education universities and colleges come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries. This diversity is often the result of unique, inclusive and innovative student outreach and recruitment programmes designed to meet the needs of learners who may otherwise feel precluded from taking a step into higher education in the UK.
To enter your institution please complete the IHE Awards Application Form. Nominations should not try to cover all criteria but instead focus on one specific criteria per award. Nominations should go into depth to explain how the project/initiative/partnership achieves this and evidence should be provided to back this up. Nominations should highlight which criteria they are addressing. Each member is entitled to submit unlimited entries, but only one in each category.
Entries should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17.00 on 21 October 2019.
Having worked with higher education providers for more than 25 years, our team of more than 150 lawyers across Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific has a wealth of expertise in the sector. We specialise in supporting transformational change, providing OfS regulatory advice, advising on all types of financing, academic collaborations, complex governance and constitutional advice, and digital transformation including IT and procurement. We also manage a reputational crisis, handling potentially damaging incidents to minimise the impact of fraud, sexual violence and student protests. We help clients with joint venture needs, seeking IP protection, dealing with regulatory obstacles and immigration.
Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm, ranked 52 in the top 100 that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country. Our multi-disciplinary team delivers a broad range of specialist legal services, and particularly stands out for its expertise within Education, including Independent Providers, Higher Education, Further Education, Academies and Independent Schools. We pride ourselves on protecting and growing businesses and personal wealth. Our approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent and what’s coming around the corner.
Applied Inspiration provide advisory services and programmes to the education sector. In HE we primarily focus on Access and Participation, including review, development and implementation of this agenda and the related areas of outreach and recruitment; student experience and support; and careers and employment. Applied Inspiration is the home of SEER (Specialist Evidence, Evaluation and Research), a collaborative service for small, specialist and newly registering providers. We provide effective and efficient analysis and application of data, evaluation and research for Access and Participation, responding to OfS regulatory requirements for evidence-based, data-driven activity; and collaborative ventures to generate value. We work extensively with schools and communities, having delivered outreach programmes across England. Our “UniFIT” programme supports positive education and career journeys for pupils Y7-13.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has been supporting international students and those who work with them since 1968. It provides advice, guidance and information about all aspects of the international student experience, from immigration and fees to mental health, culture shock and orientation. It is a membership organisation for institutions, students’ unions and organisations working with international students. It aims to:
- increase support for international education and raise awareness of its values and benefits
- promote opportunities and identify work to reduce obstacles to greater student mobility
- encourage best practice, professional development and the highest quality of institutional support for international students throughout the education sector
Established in 1922, the National Union of Students is a confederation of almost 600 students’ unions across the UK. Through them and our National Society of Apprentices, we represent the interests of around 7 million apprentices, learners and students, by promoting, defending and extending their rights and building strong and active students’ unions.