The team were named the Outstanding Research Management Team at the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, and were presented with their award by comedian and celebrity Julian Clary.
Karen Lewis, Research and Strategic Bidding Manager, The University of Northampton, commented:
“We were up against a strong field in the category so we were particularly delighted to win. The Research and Strategic Bidding Office was only created less than three years ago and although we are a small team, we have quickly developed good relationships with colleagues right across the University. We wouldn’t have won this without the enthusiasm and commitment of our academics and close working relationships with other professional services.”
The Research and Strategic Bidding Office provides support to academics and other members of staff in bidding for external funding for research and other projects. All stages of the process are covered – from generation of ideas and identification of funding sources, to help with submission procedures and feedback on drafts. As well as assisting individuals, the RSBO also provides training and workshops and contributes to the Graduate School’s Research Staff Network, a programme designed to support career development for our researchers.
The University was also nominated in the categories of Outstanding International Strategy and Outstanding Finance team at The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.
The Outstanding Research Management Team award was the second award win for The University of Northampton on 16 June, following the accolade of ‘Outstanding HEI (higher education institution) Supporting Social Entrepreneurship’ at the national ‘Dare to be Different’ conference in Sheffield, as well as a nomination there for the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur category.
Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford, The University of Northampton, added:
“Two awards in one day, plus nominations for three more, is a great success for The University of Northampton. These accolades are testament to the hard work of colleagues around the institution.”