THE UNIVERSITY of Worcester has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year award.
As one of the final six chosen for the award, the university has been nominated for its achievements and performance over the past year, as well as its contribution to society.
In just over a decade since gaining full university status, Worcester has become the most inclusive higher education institution in the UK, through the development of such facilities as The Hive and the University of Worcester Arena.
The University of Worcester Arena is the first mass-participation indoor sports arena in the UK designed to include wheelchair athletes and has won The Guardian’s 2015 award for the most inspiring university building in Britain.
Opened by HM the Queen in 2012, the Hive is Europe’s first joint university and public library and has gone on to become one of the three most visited public libraries in the Country.
University Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this most prestigious award.
“It is testament to the very hard work of all the excellent, and highly dedicated staff at Worcester and their unbeatable commitment to providing all students with the best possible experience and education.”
Worcester is now also in the top 20 English universities for graduate employment, with 24 out of 25 graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their course.
Worcester MP Robin Walker, said: “The University of Worcester has been a positive force for change and a great driver of regeneration in the City, so it is exciting to see it getting such national recognition.
“Whether it is from its strong record in education and excellent relationships with local schools; the growing influence of its Business School, its pioneering work in important areas such as dementia studies or its exciting and ambitious plans for an International Centre for Inclusive Sport; the University is really making a difference.”
Mark Stansfeld, Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Worcestershire has seen the strongest growth in higher level workforce skills of all other LEP areas in recent years and the fact that Worcester has one of the fastest growing universities in Britain, with a 95.8% employment rate within six months of graduation, is undoubtedly a significant factor in this success.”
The winners are set to be announced during a celebration event in London on November 24.