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London Higher Awards 2024

Event information

When: 6 June 2024

Where: One Moorgate Place

Event type: Event

As a part of London Higher’s 25th birthday celebrations, we look forward to celebrating the successes of London HE through recognising the work of our member institutions on 6 June 2024 at our awards ceremony.

We are now pleased to invite entries to our 12 award categories (outlined below). For the full entry guidelines, see this page.

Award categories

This year’s awards focus primarily on activity undertaken in the 2022-23 academic year to present. Submissions may be based on work that commenced before this time period, but judges will be looking for significant activity during 2022-23 on initiatives, projects and partnerships.

1. Widening participation or outreach initiative of the year  

This award recognises an initiative delivered by a London university and with a specific focus on widening participation students that has made a tangible impact on pre-HE readiness/attainment, or progression to HE. Judges will be looking for: 

  • The background to the initiative and its theory of change: why it came about, who it targets and the context in which it was delivered 
  • Clear evidence of demonstrable success 
  • How your initiative stands out from standard practice in the sector 

2. Healthcare partnership of the year 

This award recognises an exceptional partnership formed between a London Higher (including London Healthcare & Medicine) member and another entity or entities in the realm of healthcare. These may be other institutions or organisations in the public or private sector. Judges will be looking for clear evidence of: 

  • The background of your partnership: what it aimed to achieve, why the specific partners were chosen, and how it met its objectives.  
  • Any challenges that were overcome 
  • The length of the partnership 
  • Clear evidence of how the partnership has enhanced a particular area within healthcare 
  • NB: Projects supported by LHEG/LMED project funding are excluded from this category for fairness, however recipients of LHEG/LMED funding can still submit other initiatives to this award 

3. Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity & inclusion in London 

This award recognises a London Higher member that is making a significant contribution to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion on campus. Initiatives may be focussed on staff, students or a whole university approach, on one or more EDI areas, and may be in conjunction with other partners. Judges will be looking for: 

  • The EDI issue(s) that the project/initiative or series of work aims to address 
  • The form of the work and why it has been transformative 
  • Clear evidence of how the work is unique to the field and how it has provided an impact on your university 

4. Outstanding contribution to the local London community 

This award recognises a London Higher member that has made an exceptional impact within London – on local Londoners and the local community. Successful initiatives may be in a wide range of areas but will be judged on the transformational impact and benefits they bring to the places and people around them. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Background of the initiative, how it came about and the local context 
  • Explain any challenges the work sought to address  
  • Show clear evidence of how the project/initiative/work has been transformative to the local community socially, culturally and/or economically  

5. Best entrepreneurial initiative at a London university

This award recognises a London Higher member that has demonstrated an exceptional approach to embedding entrepreneurship within its community and brings benefits to students, the wider campus community and London industry. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Evidence of an environment that fosters entrepreneurship among students, graduates and staff 
  • An initiative that is beneficial to the community, and/or that is transferable to the sector more widely 

6. Outstanding wellbeing support for students in London

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This award recognises a London Higher member that has demonstrated exceptional support for students in London to ensure they can make the most of their higher education experience in the capital. Successful initiatives can be pastoral or academic in nature, and may include collaboration with a third party. Judges will be looking for: 

  • The scope of the support package, which groups of students it is targeted at and why it is innovative 
  • Evidence of demonstrable results e.g. better student satisfaction, better retention, attracted more students… 
  • How the work is different to other support provided, and how it has positively impacted your institution and students 

7. Outstanding contribution to sustainability leadership in London (initiative or partnership) 

This award recognises a London Higher member that has demonstrated clear leadership in the sustainability agenda and can demonstrate a positive impact on improving the environment in London. Successful initiatives may be at a campus level, a hyper-local level or a London-wide level, with or without the involvement of other civic partners. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Description of the approach and the aims of the initiative/partnership 
  • Evidence of success and impact across the sector, local area or society as a whole 

8. Best research/knowledge exchange collaboration in London (two HEIs working together)

This award recognises an exceptional project or joint venture between at least two or more London Higher member institutions on an inspiring knowledge exchange or knowledge transfer initiative in London which has had demonstrable benefits within or across the London region. It recognises partnerships between academics, professional service staff and industry partners, or a combination thereof. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Description of the issue/challenge you are working together to address or what you aim to achieve, and context behind the formation of the partnership 
  • Description of any challenges that arose and how you overcame them 
  • Clear description of what each partner contributes to the collaboration 
  • Demonstration of the benefits that the partnership has brought within or across the London region 

9. Outstanding contribution to enhancing the overseas student experience in London

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This award recognises a London Higher member that has implemented an outstanding initiative or support package to help international students coming to the capital. Initiatives may be pre-arrival, during study or enhancing transition into work, and may be either academic or welfare related. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Description of the context / background of the initiative or support package and its nature, explaining why it is different and innovative compared to other offerings 
  • Clear evidence of the measurements used and demonstrable success against these goals 
  • If an ongoing initiative, outline what made the 2022-23 year exceptional 

10. Best communications campaign aimed at promoting London HE 
This award recognises an impactful campaign led by a London university to promote London as a study destination within the UK or abroad. You must demonstrate success with clear campaign metrics. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Details of why and how the campaign was designed, and which audience it was targeting 
  • Clear evidence of campaign aims and objectives and how these have been achieved  
  • Evidence of how the campaign has made a difference socially and to students 

11. Outstanding contribution to student employability

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This award recognises a real commitment to ensuring students have access to what they need to boost their employability post-graduation. It is a truly innovative and unique contribution that has had proven success. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Background to a specific programme of work or institutional strategy targeting student employability 
  • Clear demonstrable metrics indicating a positive upwards trend in student employability linked to the initiative/programme

12. London creative arts initiative of the year
This award recognises a truly unique contribution to London’s vibrant creative arts scene from one of our members. Judges will be looking for: 

  • Detailed description of the initiative and background to why it came to be 
  • Clear explanation of how the initiative is unique and what it contributes to London’s creative arts scene 

For the full entry guidelines, see this page.

Awards timeline 

  • 8 January 2024 Awards open for submissions 
  • 7 March 2024 Awards submissions close 
  • 14 March 2024 Shortlist is announced 
  • Between March – June Awards judge panel will meet to select winners 
  • 6 June 2024 – Awards take place 

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