University shortlisted for national business support & innovation awards 


The University of Gloucestershire has been shortlisted for two awards in this year’s national Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

This follows the University’s success in winning the top award in two THELMA categories last year –  for outstanding financial performance, and for outstanding marketing and communications team.

This year’s shortlisting recognises the University’s achievements in two areas:

The Growth Hub at the University’s Oxstalls campus has been shortlisted as an outstanding example of employer engagement and services to business.

The University’s innovative new approach to the quality management and enhancement of teaching and learning has been shortlisted as an excellent example of Registry services.

University Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston said:  “For the second year running, the University’s achievements have been recognised in this leading national awards programme.  Having been judged best in the University sector for two categories last year, I am delighted that we are again shortlisted in two new categories.”

“The University’s core ambitions include providing outstanding teaching and learning for our students, and supporting business growth and economic development in our community.  So it is fantastic to get this national recognition for our work in both of those key areas.”

Since 2014, 8,000 businesses have benefitted from the Growth Hub’s business services to support growth, increase productivity and recruit new talent.

With funding from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), the University launched the Growth Hub at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester.  It opened in October 2014 to help local businesses increase productivity and grow the economy in Gloucestershire. Three years on, the Hub has helped over 8,000 businesses, including 905  high growth businesses, helped 1,872 University of Gloucestershire graduates take up jobs in Gloucestershire and created 13,655 work placements and internships.

The Hub is also creating opportunities for University students to build their contacts and understanding of how to set up, run and grow a business.  This commitment will be strengthened when the University’s Business School is integrated with the Growth Hub in a new building opening at Oxstalls this September. With Growth Deal funding support, it will bring together businesses, students, staff and the full range of the University’s business support and economic development activities in one place.

In the THELMA category for Excellence in Registry Services, the University’s shortlisting recognises the innovative project undertaken by the University over the past two years to redesign from first principles its approach to the management and enhancement of the quality of its teaching and learning.

The THELMA awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 21 June in London when the winners will be announced.