UofG makes the shortlist

Issued: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:10:00 BST

The University of Glasgow received a spate of award nominations this week:

Awards: Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016

Categories: Outstanding Strategic Planning Team, Admissions Team of the Year and Outstanding Library Team.

The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) shine a spotlight on the less celebrated teams who work in the engine rooms of Higher Education Institutions.

The University has received an impressive three shortlisting’s this year across the following categories.

Outstanding Strategic Planning Team

Our new strategic plan, Inspiring People: Changing the World, sets our vision to be a world-class, world changing university and it starts with our people. It is hoped that this submission will see us win an award for work in this area which involved many of you, our staff and students, as well as our alumni and partners.

Admissions team of the Year

Over the last 5 years our Admissions Team has transformed the way it operates from centralizing the admissions procedure to taking a ‘one team approach’ in handling undergraduate and postgraduate queries all whilst maintaining excellent ‘customer’ satisfaction.  We hope that this award will recognize their successful journey.

Outstanding Library Team

The Library has been nominated for its commitment to continuously developing space and services to meet the changing needs of students and researchers, with a strong focus on supporting Open Access across the University as a key part of excellent service.

Professor Neal Juster, Deputy Vice-Chancellor said: "Here at the University of Glasgow we deliver world-class and world-changing research, teaching and learning with impact and our shortlisting in these prestigious awards across three categories is a reflection of our ability to do so and the work of our support services. 

“I am delighted to see such positive University activity acknowledged in this way".

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 23 June.

Awards: CIPR Awards

Category: Best use of social media

This award recognises a successful public relations campaign that make imaginative use of social media. The University of Glasgow has been shortlisted for the use of social media during the promotion of the discovery of Gravitational Waves.

Emma Gilmartin, Social and Digital Media Manager: "The Social Media team is delighted to be recognised by CIPR. This nomination reflects weeks of careful planning and creating a mixture of multimedia content (scheduled and real-time coverage) - making the Gravitational Waves story accessible to all our audiences across our social media portfolio. "

Peter Aitchison, Director of Communications and Public Affairs said: “The discovery of gravitational waves was made possible by thousands of people around the globe and researchers at the University of Glasgow played a vital role. When this world wide story broke it was important to ensure the University of Glasgow was recognised for our contribution to the discovery.

“The excellent social media activity carried out played a huge part in putting the University of Glasgow at the forefront of the story. It is an honour for our social media team to be shortlisted for this award and a testament to great collaboration between the Communications Office and the College of Science and Engineering.”

  • A video featuring UofG Gravitational Waves researchers reached over 2 million people and was watched by nearly 400,000 people
  • The total likes on the top UofG Gravitational Waves Facebook post received 11,000 likes
  • There were more than 1,300 retweets of our live coverage of the announcement
  • The snapchat story from the announcement had over 17,500 views

The winners of the CIPR Awards will be announced on 8 June.


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