Best contribution to student employability, capability and skills development
GRIT are a charitable organisation that has provided development and support to NTU staff and students. Their work address the restrictive beliefs, attitudes and limitations that individuals impose on themselves, creating leaps in participant expectation that enable them to achieve what has previously seems out of reach.
For undergraduates, attainment goes up, retention increases, behaviour improves and students' increase their self-esteem and sense of belonging. These are essential traits that the University is trying to develop in our students through the Success for All programme.
Shortlist: Enterprise Rent a Car and Gradconsult
Best contribution by a small or medium enterprise supplier
Winner: Gradconsult for Enabling Innovation
NTU's Employer Engagement team has worked with Gradconsult on a number of projects to adopt a strategic, high-impact approach to employer engagement. Their agile and bespoke solutions to project briefs has meant that they have been able to undertake multiple projects including the Innovation Community Lab (ICL), Talent Management Consultancy (TMC) and Finders Keepers programmes - sector-leading projects, that help to visibly express NTU's commitment to engaging with local businesses and graduates.
Gradconsult have orchestrated and coordinated both graduate and employer facing programmes that deliver real value to both the participants and NTU, and have helped to place NTU as the 'go-to' place for SME's within the area looking to recruit.
Shortlist: Pinfold Promotions, Bird Brick Houses and Edge Property Solutions.
Best contribution to improving value for money and the student experience
Winner: Studylink Tours - providing services for Student Group Travel
Studylink have been successful in achieving this award for offering various areas that have contributed towards value for money and the student experience; cost savings initiatives, the My Tour Manager tool and a three quote process. This includes contracted rates for travel at below advertised rates, as well as using their expertise to provide various dates and travel options for trips to ensure the University gets value for money.
Shortlist: Pinfold Promotions and PULSE Fitness
Best application of new technology or innovation
Winner: Abintegro for Employability Online - career support and guidance to NTU students
Our Employability and Enterprise team were looking for an innovative solution to improve our employability resourcing and online presence. Abintegro's platform and support has enabled us to achieve the vision of a well-resourced e-service and single 'way in' to NTU's Employability services. Abintegro's responsive and flexible team have become a fundamental part and extension of our Employability service and team. Their solution, and dedication to us as a customer has been invaluable in improving our service and efficiency.
Shortlist: Maber and AlphaGraphics
Best contribution to social value and sustainability
Winner: Baker Consultants - for biodiversity of the estate
Baker Consultants have been working closely with NTU's Brackenhurst Campus on its ambitious redevelopment programme to ensure biodiversity of the estate was not only protected, but enhanced. The protection of the populations of Great Crested Newts was paramount; Brackenhurst Campus supports one of the largest and best studied populations in the country.
Working with NTU, Baker Consultants were successful in obtaining a Phased European Protected Species License for the entire Brackenhurst development programme. Only a handful of phased licences have been issued across England, and this is the first of its kind for a University campus. Implementation of the licence will require collaboration and input from contractors, staff and students, and NTU has committed to undertake a twenty-five year management programme. Baker Consultants will continue to work with NTU to ensure that the conditions of the licence are implemented, and that our biodiversity assets are protected, monitored and enhanced.
Shortlist: Hambleside Merchandise and Urban Wilderness
See our 2017 winners here.