N8 universities were awarded five of the 18 honours at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2011 on 24 November, including the prestigious ‘University of the Year’ award, which went to the University of Sheffield.
The awards won by the N8 universities included an award for widening participation, won by Newcastle University, an award for supporting early stage researchers, won by the University of Manchester and an award for outstanding engineering research team of the year, won by the University of York.
The University of the Year Award went to the University of Sheffield because in the words of Ann Mroz, Editor of THE, it “had the courage in a climate of financial uncertainty to go back to its roots and focus on the values of a civic institution: serving the people and the economy of the city.”
These awards demonstrate the wealth of research expertise and innovation in the North of England, which the N8 Research Partnership (the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) seeks to harness and grow.
Winning N8 universities:
- Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers: University of Manchester
- Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development: Durham University
- Widening Participation Initiative of the Year: Realising Opportunities Partnership, submitted by Newcastle University
- Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year: University of York
- University of the Year: University of Sheffield