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Celebrating success - THE Awards 2018

30 Nov 2018 | Advance HE Advance HE congratulates the winners of the two categories it has sponsored in THE Awards 2018. The categories are: ‘Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development’ and ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’. The winners were announced at the THE’s annual celebration of achievement in the higher education sector.

Winners of Advance HE sponsored categories announced

University of Stirling won the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development’. In this category, institutions are judged on ‘imaginative schemes that foster leadership development at any level of management - from governors to departments.’ The University was recognised for its outstanding work in developing a “culture of confident and skilled leaders” who could enable and support their teams and deliver the university’s ambitious strategic plan.

Dr Theo Gilbert, University of Hertfordshire, and a Senior Fellow of the HEA, was named ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’. Dr Gilbert has created a framework that ‘gets students from different backgrounds to mix – and also helps to reduce the attainment gap’. Dr Gilbert has created a number of channels to support staff who want to use the framework and he has also established an international Compassion in Higher Education Network with colleagues from 16 universities and colleges in the US, Canada, Sweden, Greece and Spain. The judges described his work as “inspirational”.


Host Sandy Toksvig, Most Innovative Teacher Theo Gilbert and Advance HE Board Member Amatey Doki

Representatives of Advance HE attended a new strand to the THE Awards, ‘THE Live’, which was an opportunity to interact and share ideas with individuals and teams from across the UK whose expertise and innovation has earned them a place on the THE Awards shortlists in recent years.

‘Leadership and Management’ along with ‘Teaching and Learning’ are two of four interrelated themes in Advance HE’s portfolio; the other two being Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Governance. Advance HE has just launched its new Programmes and Events prospectus, highlighting its portfolio of development opportunities in these areas.


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