University of Northampton ‘Highly Commended’ at Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014

Date 16.11.2015

The University of Northampton’s Human Resources team were ‘Highly Commended’ at yesterday’s prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014 (THELMA) in the Outstanding Human Resources Team category. The judges commented specifically on the visionary approach adopted by Northampton and the unique way that a clear line of sight was established between an individual’s performance objectives and the strategy of the institution.

Under the guidance of Deborah Mattock, Director of Human Resources, the team have revised their ways of working and have reinvigorated staff development by offering a unique approach to leadership, management development, appraisal and induction. The Staff Development team has developed three new programmes; Core Management Skills tailored for managers of people, Leadership Development aimed at future strategic leaders and UN Essentials, which supports the development of all staff members.

​Speaking on the award, Deborah Mattock said: “We were a bit disappointed not to win the award but to be one of the only Universities to receive such a commendation is great.  I am so proud to be part of the HR team and it is a real achievement to have our work  across the University recognised in this way.  As a team we want  to enable all our staff to achieve their goals and build on the skills they need to be successful, whatever their role.  If we are to continue to grow and become stronger as  an institution, then our people are key. Providing the opportunity for all our staff to benefit from development opportunities is  critical to maintaining our place as a Top 50 University.”