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Our achievements

    • April 2021: The University was named one of the world’s top 30 Higher Education institutions (HEIs) for tackling inequality in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. The University was placed 27th out of 699 HEIs in the world, and 11th in the UK, for its performance in working towards goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities.
    • April 2021: The University was highly commended in two categories at the 2021 Association of University Directors of Estates Awards. UON was also runner up in the Estates/Facilities Team of the Year and Reaching Higher categories of the awards. This adds to a number of other estates-related awards the University has collected since moving to Waterside in 2018. The full list can be found in our news article.
    • March 2021: AccessAble resources launched. These show how accessible the University’s estate, rooms and facilities are, to help disabled staff, students and visitors.
    • February 2021: The University pledges to become net zero carbon by 2030.
    • November 2014: Became the first University to have a £231.5 million bond guaranteed by HM Treasury for its brand-new £330m brand-new Waterside Campus.
    • August 2014: Student satisfaction increases to 89% (National Student Survey 2014).
    • June 2014: Maintain top 50 UK university placing in the Guardian University Guide.
    • February 2014: The University is named Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year (winner).
    • January 2014: The brand-new St John’s Hall of Residence was officially opened and was shortlisted in the Best Urban Regeneration Project category of the 2015 Brick Awards.
    • November 2013: Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year (shortlisted) and Business School of the Year (shortlisted).
    • September 2013: Recognised as the highest climbing university in the Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2014.
    • June 2013: Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Outstanding Leadership and Management Team (shortlisted).
    • June 2013: Recognised as a top 50 UK university and the highest climbing university in the Guardian University Guide 2014.
    • April 2013: Recognised as the highest climbing university in the Complete University Guide 2014.
    • February 2013: Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year (winner).
    • February 2013: Awarded Changemaker Campus status by AshokaU and recognised as number one for social enterprise.
    • November 2012: Times Higher Education Awards Enterpreneurial University of the Year (shortlisted).
    • August 2012: Recognised by HESA as number one for employability amongst full-status universities in England.
    • February 2012: Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year (winner).
    • November 2012: Times Higher Education Awards Enterpreneurial University of the Year (shortlisted).
    • August 2012: Recognised by HESA as number one for employability amongst full-status universities in England.
    • February 2012: Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year (winner).
    • November 2011: Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Outstanding International Strategy (shortlisted).
    • August 2012: Recognised by HESA as number one for employability amongst full-status universities in England.
    • February 2012: Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year (winner).
    • November 2011: Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Outstanding International Strategy (shortlisted).
    • June 2011: Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Outstanding Finance Team (shortlisted).
    • June 2011: Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Research Management Team (winner).
    • June 2011: HEFCE/UnLtd Champions of Change Recognition Awards Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Enterpreneurship (winner).
    • May 2011: Guardian University Guide – recognised as number one for Value Added.

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