Vice Chancellor's Awards

Each year ARU publicly celebrates and rewards outstanding contributions made to the achievement of our ambitions.

If you’ve demonstrated a positive attitude and done something which is ambitious, imaginative and/or collaborative, we want to hear all about it. 

The Awards apply to all who work here and we positively encourage nominations from individuals and teams whose work might not be as visible as others', but whose contribution is essential to our success.

Successful nominees will receive £2,000 (£4,000 for teams) to reinvest in their faculty or service; a framed certificate and a lapel pin. The presentation of the Awards is to be advised.

VC Award categories

Excellent Education

Awards in this category seek to celebrate individuals or teams who have contributed to our ambition for ‘an outstanding and inclusive educational experience for our students’.

Nominations are required for the following awards:

  • Early Career Excellent Education
  • Sustained Excellence in Education
  • Outstanding Leadership in Education
  • Award for Collaborative Activities

Outstanding Research and Innovation

Awards in this category seek to celebrate individuals or team who have contributed to our ambition for ‘transformative research and innovation’.

Nominations are required for the following awards:

  • Early Career Outstanding Researcher
  • Outstanding Established Researcher
  • Outstanding Doctoral Supervision
  • Outstanding Research Impact
  • Outstanding Knowledge Exchange Collaboration

Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU

Awards in this category seek to celebrate contributions which help to create a vibrant university community of students, staff and the wider ARU community; distinctive and people-facing approaches to solving challenges; effective, efficient and sustainable use of resources and being innovative.

Eligibility criteria

Colleagues from all professional services as well as academic staff are eligible to apply for a Vice Chancellor's Award.

The Awards will be interpreted in the broadest sense subject to the VC Award Guidance for each category.

Guidance and application forms 

Please read the relevant VC Award Guidance document (below) carefully and then complete the respective application form. 

VC Awards for Excellent Education

Guidance on applying for the VC Excellent Education Awards

Early Career Excellent Education – Individual application

Sustained Excellence in Education – Individual application

Outstanding Leadership in Education – Individual application

Excellent Collaborative Activities - Team application 

VC Outstanding Research and Innovation Awards 

Guidance on applying for the VC Outstanding Research and Innovation Awards

Early Career Outstanding Researcher – Individual application

Outstanding Established Researcher – Individual application

Outstanding Doctoral Supervision – Individual application

Outstanding Doctoral Supervision – Team application

Outstanding Research Impact – Individual application

Outstanding Research Impact – Team application

Outstanding Knowledge Exchange Collaboration – Individual application

Outstanding Knowledge Exchange Collaboration – Team Application 

VC Awards for Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU 

Guidance on applying for the VC Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU Awards

Outstanding Professional Contribution - Individual Application

Outstanding Professional Contributions - Team Application

Submitting an application 

Please see the guidance for each category of application.   
For all categories, the final submission date to: 
line managers for their supporting statement is 9 September 2022. 
staffawards@aru.ac.uk is 23 September 2022. 

Please direct any inquiries to:

Dr Jaki Lilly (Education and Professional Contributions) 
Jenny Young (Researcher)