Educate the North logo with TelegraphFollowing its successful debut in June this year, we are pleased to announce that the second Educate North awards and conference will be held on Thursday 21 April 2016.

Educate North aims to celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England with a focus on HE and related institutions. We are delighted that The Telegraph Media Group has once again agreed to be the lead media partner for the initiative.

Over 160,000 people are directly employed by universities alone across the North of England with annual capex budgets of billions and exports of HE services valued at over £12 billion.

These unique awards, focusing solely on the North of England, will be presented at a black tie dinner in Manchester with a dedicated conference taking place on the afternoon of the day.

The inaugural Educate North awards and conference proved to be a resounding success and all the feedback we have received to date indicates that the second year of this initiative will prove to be even more successful with several HE and other organisations, who watched from the sidelines in year one, have subsequently decided they are now keen to engage!

Information on the inaugural 2015 Award winners can be found here.

Full details of the speakers and topics at the conference will be released in January.

Entries to the awards are now open and the closing date is 12 February.

A list of the award categories can be found here.

Professor Cary Cooper

Professor Cary Cooper

The 19 award categories open for entry, recognise advancement and success in a number of fields, ranging from institutional excellence to research and collaboration achievements along with awards for employer engagement, international outreach and environmental developments. There are also categories which recognise leadership and student experiences.

We are also delighted that Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, who earlier this summer moved from his former role as Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Lancaster to the Manchester Business School, has agreed to be the academic chairman of the initiative once again. And in turn he will be ably supported once again by Professor Phil Harris of The University of Chester, who will chair the judging panel. A full list of the judges can be found here.


Rob McLoughlin

The Educate North Awards and Conference initiative was conceived by the broadcaster Rob McLoughlin OBE of Carm Productions and is jointly staged by Carm Productions, Prolific North and Don’t Panic. Educate North is delivered in association with The Telegraph Media Group.

Rob McLoughlin added: “2016 promises to be a year of real change for the North and for the University sector.

“We will again celebrate world class success and consider the threats and opportunities ahead.

“Educate 2016 will be another fascinating, high oxygen event.”