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City, University of London shortlisted for three THELMAs

City has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards


This year City has been shortlisted in three categories of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

The annual awards recognise innovation, teamwork and enterprise at Higher Education institutions across the UK. They aim to reward those teams and individuals who work “in the engine rooms” of Higher Education, guiding institutions and laying the foundations for future success.

City has been shortlisted in three categories this year: Alumni Engagement; Outstanding Strategic Planning team; and Outstanding Leadership and Management team.

Commenting on the shortlisting, President Professor Sir Paul Curran said:

I am delighted that the talent, commitment and achievements of staff across City have been recognised nationally. This is a recognition of our recent progress that was capped, of course, by our joining the University of London.

Alumni Engagement

This award category recognises institutions that demonstrated innovation, creativity and success in encouraging alumni engagement and philanthropic giving. Judges looked further than the amount of money raised and level of alumni engagement.  Instead, they searched for innovative strategies and evidence of improved overall performance against previous years.

City’s shortlsting recognised the Professional Mentoring Scheme, operated jointly by the Professional Mentoring Team in Student & Academic Services and colleagues in Development and Alumni Relations; and its effective recruitment of alumni as student mentors.

City’s Professional Mentoring Scheme matches students with individuals in businesses and professions in which students are interested in developing careers. It is one of the largest schemes of its kind in a UK university and since 2009 has established relationships between more than 3,000 individuals. This has led to 84% of the “mentees” reporting that they feel more employable as a result of participating in the scheme.

The Professional Mentoring Team achieved the success through its partnership with Alumni Relations. The team recognised that City’s richest source of mentors are City alumni who give time to help students develop both personally and professionally.

Outstanding Strategic Planning team

This award recognises exceptional performance from a team, or individual that made a significant and demonstrable impact on strategic change across their university.

Shortlisting was a recognition of the way in which City’s Strategic Planning team responded to the EU referendum vote. Through scenario planning and modelling, the team was able to establish the quantitative impact a Leave vote might have on areas including funding, student progression, recruitment and research. The team considered the institutional risks and opportunities of both Leaving and Remaining and, as a result of the analysis and planning, City’s Council was able to make an informed decision when approving City’s Vision & Strategy 2026.

Outstanding Leadership and Management team

This award celebrates institutions that demonstrate the greatest breadth and depth of leadership and management skills.

The Leadership and Management team at City was shortlisted for its implementation of the Strategic Plan 2012 to 2016 and subsequent achievements. Since 2010, the number of academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research has more than doubled, our estate has been transformed, there has been a very significant increase in student satisfaction and finances returned to surplus after seven years of operating deficits.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 22nd June 2017.

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