Date of release: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A1947-Prize-nominationThe University of Greenwich has been shortlisted for two prestigious prizes celebrating leadership, management and business skills in universities.

Times Higher Education magazine has named Greenwich as a contender for two of its Leadership & Management Awards: Outstanding Research Management Team and Outstanding Departmental Administration Team.

The achievements of the university’s Greenwich Research & Enterprise (GRE) office have been recognised in the nomination for Outstanding Research Management Team for the second successive year. Twenty professional support staff in GRE worked with 300 academics to generate research and contract income of £15.4 million last year, a record increase of 27%.

New initiatives include the launch of a business-focussed web site to showcase the university’s research expertise, which has also doubled the number of visitors to the site. GRE supports the university’s relationships with a wide range of public and private sector clients ranging from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to multinationals such as BAE Systems and numerous small and medium sized enterprises in London and Kent.

Greenwich’s second award nomination, for Outstanding Departmental Administration Team, honours the work of a dozen administrators in the university’s Natural Resources Institute (NRI). They help to run a £8 million operation which carries out research and development in the agriculture sector to reduce poverty and malnutrition in some of the poorest places on the planet. The team has an extraordinary range of expertise and last year was called on to procure unusual items such as African bird blood and artificial cows, approve kidnap procedures and risk assessments, and support staff who are working in conflict zones and areas of civil unrest.

Professor Tom Barnes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise says: “The university is very proud to have been shortlisted for these high-profile awards. They recognise the excellent professional standards achieved by our administrative and support teams. I also know that these staff provide a great service to the university’s customers and clients, whom I hope will join with me in celebrating this success.”

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Photo caption: Professor Tom Barnes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise, University of Greenwich.


University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich is a large university with three campuses - in Greenwich, at the Old Royal Naval College, a World Heritage site; in Avery Hill, south-east London, set among 86 acres of parkland; and in Medway, at an elegant Edwardian red-brick campus in Chatham Maritime. The university is home to a thriving community of nearly 29,000 students, one in five of them postgraduate, and combines strong regional, national and international links with a record for excellence in research and a mission for access to higher education.

The university carried out more than £15 million of research and consultancy for companies, research councils and other public and private bodies last year. The quality of the university's research work has been recognised in the award of three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education. The university has also won four recent Times Higher Education awards.

Alongside its major economic, social and cultural contribution, the university prides itself on its high standards of teaching, careers guidance and personal support. The two most recent Sunday Times University Guides have placed Greenwich at the top of the London league table for student satisfaction. In the 2011 Sunday Times Guide, Greenwich was ranked 26th overall for student satisfaction, placing it among the top quarter of all UK universities. Greenwich also topped the publication's national league table for student satisfaction in a variety of subjects including Civil, Chemical and other Engineering courses, Law, and Medical Sciences and Pharmacy. The Sunday Times added that students at the Greenwich campus "have some of the most exquisite university grounds in the country".

People from more than 100 countries choose to study at Greenwich, as part of an international student community of 5,000. The university also has an extensive international network of partnerships with universities and overseas colleges.