Shortlisting success for Imperial teams
19 April 2012
Staff across the College are celebrating today, following two nominations in the 2012 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.
Staff in the Library have been shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Library Team’ following a nomination by Scott Heath, ICU President. Debby Shorley, Director of Library Services, said: “We are simply thrilled about this news. We enjoy a great relationship with our students, so we are especially delighted that it was the students’ union who nominated us for this award.”
Commenting on why he nominated the team Scott said: “This year the Library’s campaigning to see a fair deal from journal publishers has provided sector-wide savings which will benefit Imperial significantly. They have also shown a desire to provide the best service possible; they were one of the first libraries to offer 24 hour access during term time and trialled longer opening hours during the Easter break.”
Scott added: “We have also seen a real dedication to helping students with the provision of high quality study guides, greater availability of information online, frequent meetings with student officers and a consistently helpful staff team. As well as this, independent research indicated that they have given out the lowest fines of any university library.”
The Department of Medicine has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Departmental Administration Team’ category in which the judges will look for evidence of excellent communication and service delivery based on the needs of students, academics and central administration.
Dr Matt Lee, Departmental Manager, who co-ordinated the entry said: “I am delighted that the excellence of the administration team has been deservedly recognised by this shortlisting. Although located across six campuses, the team is unified in its focus to provide professional, high quality support to academics and students. The strength of the team has been instrumental in the outstanding Departmental performance since its formation in January 2010 and this nomination is a testament to the hard work of every individual involved.”
Now in their fourth year, the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards are designed to celebrate the sector’s leadership, management, financial and business skills. They showcase the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions.
The judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice from the 2010-11 academic year and the winners will be announced on Thursday 21 June at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
— Simon Watts, Communications and Development