Edge Hill University has been named University of the Year in the 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

This is the most prestigious accolade in the Higher Education sector and the University was chosen as the winner from a list of six shortlisted institutions after a visit from the judges in September this year.

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said:

“I’m delighted and extremely proud that Edge Hill has won University of the Year. The University is stronger than ever before and I’m honoured to have been involved in its consistent growth and improvement during my tenure as Vice-Chancellor. It is a privilege to work alongside all those who strive to fulfil Edge Hill University’s commitment to changing lives – our staff, our students, our alumni, our Students’ Union, our partners and our friends and it is rewarding to see this enterprising spirit recognised. I have no doubt that the University will enjoy continued success in the future.”

The award rounds off a year of great accomplishment for the University, with the institution being named as the top diversified University according to the Graduate Social Mobility Index, and gaining the North West region’s highest rating for student satisfaction across all 23 questions in the 2014 National Student Survey. This year has also seen the opening of the University’s flagship Creative Edge computing, music, film and TV production facility, one of the latest developments in a programme of campus investment totalling a quarter of a billion pounds in the last decade.

Hundreds of nominations for outstanding institutions, departments and individuals were submitted across 18 categories covering the full range of university activity. These awards showcase the pioneering spirit, adaptability and sheer quality of the Higher Education sector.

The University’s Learning Services department was shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development category.

The winners were announced on the evening of Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London in a spectacular event with over 1000 guests in attendance, including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and university staff from all corners of the UK.

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