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. Activities which have successfully addressed the limitations of the pandemic on our provision and our student experience, are welcome. 

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 Business 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 nomination form.

VC Awards for Excellent Education

Guidance on nominating for the VC Awards for Excellent Education

Excellent Education Award nomination form (individual)

Excellent Education Collaborative Activities Award nomination form (team)

VC Awards for Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU

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

Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU Award nomination form (individual)

Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU Award nomination form (team)

VC Awards for Outstanding Research and Innovation

Guidance on nominating for the VC Awards for Outstanding Research and Innovation

Business Collaboration Award nomination form (individual)

Business Collaboration Award nomination form (team)

Doctoral Supervision Award nomination form (individual)

Doctoral Supervision Award nomination form (team)

Outstanding Researcher Award nomination form

Research Impact Award nomination form (individual)

Research Impact Award nomination form (team)

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 3 September 2021.

Please submit your nominations to staffawards@aru.ac.uk by 24 September 2021.

Please direct any inquiries to Dr Jaki Lilly (Education and Professional Contributions) or Dr Michael Millan (Researcher)