Major prize for Nottingham Trent University in THE Leadership and Management Awards

Nottingham Trent University has scooped the Outstanding Human Resources Team award in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards 2015, for its commitment to developing staff through employee volunteering.

Nottingham Trent University has scooped the Outstanding Human Resources Team award in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards 2015, for its commitment to developing staff through employee volunteering.

The annual THE Leadership and Management Awards, which are widely known as the THELMAS and are now in their seventh year, celebrate the work of university managers and administrators across the UK.

The Outstanding Human Resources Award recognises the University’s policy and approach to Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) to support staff development and its corporate social responsibility agenda. The scheme encourages staff to engage in community-based activities such as volunteering and being a charity trustee through the provision of paid time off during working hours, and works alongside the Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach Team.

Ann Meredith, Head of Learning and Development, Nottingham Trent University, said: “We introduced a new policy and approach to ESV in the academic year 2011/12 to support both the development of staff and to further our corporate social responsibility agenda. To be recognised for our efforts by Times Higher Education through this award is a wonderful accomplishment. The team has shown great dedication and commitment to implementing the scheme and ensuring that it has proven value within the organisational context.

“The team developed what was an informal approach to volunteering into a scheme which maps the range of volunteering opportunities supported by the University to the staff competency framework, illustrating to both staff and their managers how these relate to each other and acknowledging the value of such activities. It also helps staff to identify opportunities to develop skills in areas where they feel they have a real passion or interest outside the workplace.”

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, added: “It is a tremendous achievement for the University to win this coveted award. This recognises the efforts, hard work and dedication of the department and we are immensely proud of them.”

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including Alison Johns, Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, David McBeth, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange Services at the University of Strathclyde, and Maja Maricevic, Head of Higher Education at the British Library.

“The judges were impressed by the way in which Nottingham Trent’s employer-supported volunteering had been creative in aligning two strategic priorities with great success and efficiency,” said a panel member.

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    Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, where over 1,000 guests gathered to celebrate outstanding performance in the competitive world of UK higher education.

    The university’s ESV scheme has also helped to address the issue of diversity in access to volunteering. In 2010-11, just 10% of the university’s volunteers were male. By 2013-2014, this was 33%.

    77% of staff who took part in the 2013-14 year felt that volunteering had developed their communication skills, 72% had developed more confidence and 69% reported being more motivated at work.

    In April 2015, Nottingham Trent University gained an Investing in Volunteers for Employers (IiVE) Award for its Employee Volunteering and Community Involvement Scheme. The IiVE Award recognises an organisation’s commitment to best practice in employee volunteering management by supporting its employees to volunteer.

    Nottingham Trent University was recognised for its innovative Teaching and Learning and Business Engagement, winning both these categories at the Guardian University Awards 2015.

    In November 2014 it won a Times Higher Education (THE) Award in the ‘Outstanding Support for Students’ category for its new Student Dashboard - an online resource that helps students to improve their academic performance.

    The university jumped nine places to joint 31st in this year’s THE Student Experience Survey and in April 2015 climbed 22 places to 13th in the UK in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards. In May 2015, it climbed 6 places to 51st in the Guardian League Table.

Major prize for Nottingham Trent University in THE Leadership and Management Awards

Published on 19 June 2015
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