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The THE Awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector.

Each year we attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life, showing us countless reasons why our institutions continue to prosper.  

And after our esteemed judging panel has toiled over this treasure trove of excellence, our awards evening – where a thousand people gather for dinner in the Great Room at London's world-renowned Grosvenor House Hotel – gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary breadth and depth of our higher education sector. 

As ever, the THE Awards are free to enter, and open to all UK higher education institutions.


This year’s categories are as follows:

  1. THE Outstanding Achievement Award
  2. Outstanding Estates Strategy
  3. Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team
  4. Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  5. Research Project of the Year: STEM
  6. Outstanding Entrepreneurial University
  7. Outstanding Technician of the Year
  8. International Collaboration of the Year
  9. THE DataPoints Merit Award
  10. Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year
  11. Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year
  12. Business School of the Year
  13. Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year
  14. Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year
  15. Outstanding Support for Students
  16. Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  17. Outstanding Library Team
  18. Most Innovative Teacher of the Year
  19. Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  20. University of the Year


Please click here to see the full criteria.

The entry deadline is 23:59 on Monday 15 June 2020.

The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 26 November 2020.