AUB has been shortlisted for a university award, following the unveiling of Times Higher Education’s THE Awards 2020 shortlist.
The arts university has been shortlisted in the outstanding support for students category, alongside University of West of England, Edge Hill University, Nottingham Trent University, Solent University and Edinburgh Napier University.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony will take place online on 26 November, and will feature 20 categories covering university activity from leadership, management, administration and academia.
Often hailed as the ‘Oscars of Higher Education’, more than 80 institutions have taken part in the awards nominations and shortlisting. THE Editor John Gill said: “This has been a year like no other, and universities have faced unprecedented challenges as a result of the pandemic.
“While we are by no means through the crisis, the response over the last six months has been immensely impressive, and served yet again as a reminder of the dedication and commitment that exists across UK higher education.
“While this year’s THE Awards will differ from previous years, since we will not be able to gather to celebrate in person, the purpose remains the same: to highlight and champion the very best of the talent and creativity that shines out from our universities.”
He added: “In 2020 more than ever, it is vital to recognise and shout about those achievements, and we have been gratified by the huge number of entries at a time when university staff had so many demands on their time.”
Speaking about the university’s shortlisting, AUB’s Head of Academic and Student Services Heidi Cooper-Hind said: “I’m incredibly proud of our team, who’ve worked hard to ensure that students can access confidential counselling without long waiting lists. Our services focus on providing support at the point of need, not the point of availability; together with training Mental Health First Aiders and recruiting our student Community Champions, it makes AUB’s creative community a supportive and inspiring place to study.
She added: “I’m very appreciative of all of the hard work they do to make a difference at AUB, and very excited to head to the THE Awards this year.”