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Educate North Awards 2018: The shortlist revealed


We’re delighted to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Educate North Awards.

The leading event for the University and Higher Education sector returns for a fourth year on Thursday 26th April 2018, at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester.


Delivered in assocation with Carm Productions, Don’t Panic Events and Prolific North, the shortlist encompasses a total of 17 categories, culminating in the prestigious University of the Year title.

Entries saw a near 40% rise on last year following a major radio campaign with partners Smooth Radio North West, Smooth North East and Heart Yorkshire following a tie-up with parent company Communicorp UK and The Ministry of Results.  

We’d like to thank our sponsors UCLAN, Pilot Group and Duff & Phelps, as well as category sponsors Ministry of Results and Protocol Education.


Pictures from last year’s awards

Educate North Awards – The Shortlist

Business / Industry Collaboration

  • Backstage Academy goes on tour
  • Learning Curve Group
  • SharpFuturesManchester Metropolitan University
  • SharpFuturesThe Manchester College
  • University of Bradford – Bradford Literature Festival
  • University of Chester Work-Based Learning
  • University of Hull
  • Wigan & Leigh College and Wrightington Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust – Grow your own nursing and clinical care staff initiative

Social Mobility Award

  • Lancashire Adult Learning
  • Leeds Beckett University – Junior Leadership Scheme
  • Newcastle University
  • SharpFutures

Employer Engagement Award

  • Backstage Academy goes on tour
  • Liverpool Hope Business School
  • Manchester Metropolitan Business School
  • Maxim Business Training
  • University of Chester collaboration with Royal Caribbean International
  • University of ChesterCWP Partnership

Environmental Industry Award

  • Bradford50@50 – University of Bradford
  • University of Chester – Greening the libraries
  • University of Chester – Hospitality and Residential Services

External Relations Team of the Year

  • Newcastle University – Undergraduate Student Recruitment Team
  • Oldham Sixth Form College Marketing and School Partnership Team – A Partnership for Progression
  • Policy@Manchester – The University of Manchester
  • University of Chester – STEM outreach activities

Innovation Award

  • CiteX
  • Nelson and Colne College – Ambitions Programme
  • UCLan Interdisciplinary retail and architecture project team
  • UCLan Midwifery
  • University of Central Lancashire – Communications and Engagement In The City
  • University of Central Lancashire – Technology Enabled Learning Team Academic Agility – People Places and Practice
  • University of Chester Games Development
  • Virtual Experience University of Bradford

Student Experience Award – Sponsored by Ministry of Results

  • Barnsley College – Enterprise
  • Birkenhead Sixth Form College
  • Newcastle College Sensory Team
  • Newcastle University Careers Service
  • Oldham Sixth Form College Sport Department – A Real Sporting Future
  • The Leadership Hub within the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, The Outdoor Team within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and The Careers Team from the University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester – Active Wellbeing programme
  • University of Hull – Transforming our student experience for the next generation of health professionals

Research Project of the Year

  • Macclesfield College
  • University of Chester – Social and economic conditions contributing to homelessness in Cheshire

International Partnership

  • El Universo del ingles (The Universe of English)
  • UCLan and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine From Devastation to Preston
  • University of Chester Pilot intermediary scheme in New South Wales Australia

International Transnational Education

The judges decided not to realise a shortlist for this category, the winner will be announced on the night.

UK Leadership Award

  • Professor Mike Thomas, The University of Central Lancashire
  • Matthew Webber, Leeds Trinity University

UK Apprenticeship Award

  • Learning Curve Group
  • Macclesfield College Apprenticeship Team
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • The Juice Academy

Students’ Union of the Year

  • Huddersfield Students’ Union
  • Leeds Trinity Students’ Union
  • Liverpool Hope Students’ Union
  • Newcastle University Students’ Union
  • University of Chester Students’ Union

Business School of the Year

  • Liverpool Hope Business School
  • University of Chester Business School

Further Education College of the Year – Sponsored by Protocol

  • Macclesfield College
  • Wigan & Leigh College

Sixth Form of the Year

  • Birkenhead Sixth Form College
  • Sherburn High School Sixth Form

University of the Year – Supported by Dr. John Kennedy CBE, Patron of The Educate-North Awards

  • Keele University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Chester

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