University shortlisted for major accolade

An aerial view of Northumbria University, in Newcastle. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
An aerial view of Northumbria University, in Newcastle. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Northumbria University, in Newcastle, has been nominated for the prestigious University of the Year accolade in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

Described as the Oscars of UK higher education, the awards attract hundreds of entries each year that exemplify talent, dedication and innovation across all aspects of university life.

Northumbria is one of just six institutions to be shortlisted for the award, which recognises exceptional performance as well as bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced the institution’s reputation during the academic year 2015/16.

The nomination is acknowledgment of Northumbria’s continued focus on quality which has enhanced its global reputation for academic excellence.

Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, vice-chancellor and chief executive for the university, said: “To be shortlisted for these highly-coveted awards is a significant achievement and testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff.

“The nomination is a clear acknowledgement of the significant progress we are making in delivering our strategic vision as a new kind of excellent university.”