University staff attend glittering THE award ceremony

Members of staff from the University attended the prestigious Times Higher Education award ceremony in London last night.

The University was shortlisted for three award categories in the Times Higher Education (THE) awards: Most Innovative Teacher of the Year; Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development and Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers.

The glittering award ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane and was hosted by comedian Rob Brydon with a 1970’s-themed disco with Keith Chegwin as the Master of Ceremonies.

The University’s Researcher Development Unit (RDU), part of the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office (LTEO), was shortlisted for the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers Award.

The RDU’s team, led by Helen King, Head of Academic Staff Development, was chosen for its Images of Research exhibition organised and run by Tracey Stead, Jeanette Muller and Samantha Kiely.

Launched three years ago, the aim of the Images of Research exhibition is to provide researchers with an opportunity to engage with the wider public community and communicate their work in a creative and innovative way.

Also at the award ceremony was Alex Wright, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, who was shortlisted for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.

Alex, who was also a winner of this year’s University Teaching Award for Innovation, demonstrates a hugely impressive track record as an imaginative, reflective and innovative teacher.

The third representative of the University was the Staff Development Unit, based in the Department of Human Resources, which was shortlisted in the category Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development.

The nomination recognised the support that the Staff Development Team gave during the faculty reorganisation, which comprised leadership and management programmes and close support for the faculty team managers, directors of administration, deans and associate deans.

Dr Simon Inger, Head of Staff Development, attended the event along with Staff Development Manager Angie Allcock.

Dr Inger said: "We were very pleased to be shortlisted and it was great to have such a strong Bath contingent at the award. Although we didn’t win, it was a very enjoyable night."

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