The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been announced as a finalist in three categories in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards – including the top honour of University of the Year.
The University of the Year Award will be given to an institution that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the 2011/12 academic year. The main condition for a university being nominated is evidence of particularly bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced the institution’s reputation.
A collaboration between UEA and Harvard has been shortlisted for International Collaboration of the Year. Prof Aedin Cassidy, of UEA’s Norwich Medical School, has worked closely with colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health to conduct nutrition research on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development category UEA has been shortlisted for introducing highland cows onto the outskirts of the campus as a sustainable way of managing the diverse flora and fauna of the fenland, flood plain and meadows that form part of the university’s 300 acre estate.
The announcements come as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary, and follows a summer of success. UEA was ranked number one in the Times Higher Student Experience Survey and second among English mainstream universities in the 2013 National Student Survey.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Edward Acton said: “I am delighted that yet again our institution has been recognised on the national stage as one of the best in the country in such a wide variety of categories. This is proving to be a most successful year for UEA and a wonderful way to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
“I hope our success continues at the awards ceremony in November and provides us with a springboard into the next half century.”
The winners of the Times Higher Education Awards 2013 will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 28.