The University of York has been shortlisted for the University of the Year award

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The University of York has been shortlisted for the University of the Year award in The Times Higher Education awards.

The category celebrates "exceptional performance through bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives."

York's nominations recognises the university's achievements in respect of creating an empowered environment to enable staff and students to achieve extraordinary things.

The nomination also takes into account York's work to:

– Deliver innovative teaching a wide range of extra-curricular activities, and programmes co-designed with employers to prepare students to compete in globally competitive labour markets.

– Widen access to higher education and support progression through philanthropy as well as offering stimulating public engagement programmes, including the York Festival of Ideas, to engage diverse audiences to understand the value and importance of higher education.

In addition to the University of the Year award, Dr Glenn Hurst from the Chemistry department has been nominated for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year award for his "inventive use of social media to enhance student engagement, understanding and communication".

Of his nomination, Dr Hurst said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for such a special award. I would like to dedicate this to the marvellous students at York together with my inspirational and supportive colleagues. It is a great privilege to work with so many talented students and to see them reach their potential.”

Koen Lamberts, the university's Vice-Chancellor, said: "I’m delighted that the Times Higher Education shortlisting panel has recognised the innovation, enthusiasm and dedication of our staff and students.

"Innovation is key to our success and the shortlisted initiatives are powerful examples of the ways that we continue to embody the University’s founding principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all."

The awards evening will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018.