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2018 UHR Awards for Excellence in HR

The winners of the 2018 UHR Awards for Excellence in HR were announced at the UHR Conference in Bristol. 

A key UHR aim is to enable HR innovation and learning from each other, and to build our professional skills base: these awards give a great opportunity to do this, and highlight creativity and success.  We want to show the sector and the HR professionals beyond HE that our HR practitioners introduce cutting edge and impactful practices which enhance organisational culture and performance within UK universities.

It’s a great opportunity to encourage and motivate the HR team, even in preparing an entry – and even more so if you win.  The publicity that follows from winning these awards is also incredibly valuable, and entries often feature in national events and publications about effectiveness and good practice in the sector.

The categories

  • Business effectiveness and organisational performance: for an initiative that has driven and demonstrably enhanced organisational performance and competitive advantage.
  • Organisational development and culture change: for an initiative that achieved transformational culture change or greater staff engagement, or involved collaborative work with another organisation, enabling the university effectively to meet future challenges and uncertainty.
  • Equality and diversity: for an initiative that improved equality or diversity in the organisation, and brought demonstrable improvements to performance or engagement.
  • Exceptional HR: for exceptional achievement by an HR team or individual.



Business effectiveness and organisational performance

Northumbria University


Runners Up

Liverpool John Moores University


Shortlisted Universities


Staffordshire University


Organisational development and culture change

Imperial College London


Runners Up

University of Birmingham


Shortlisted Universities

University of Huddersfield

Leeds Beckett University


Equality and Diversity

University of Edinburgh


Runners Up

Glasgow Caledonian University


Shortlisted Universities

Aberystwyth University


Exceptional HR

University of Liverpool


Runners Up

Canterbury Christ Church University


Shortlisted Universities

University of Exeter

Leeds Trinity University



Who has judged the entries?

A team of key people with experience and knowledge of good people management practices within and beyond higher education, including:

  • Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter (a 2017 UHR award winning organisation) and former President of Universities UK
  • Karen Grave, President-elect of the PPMA
  • Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, author and opening plenary speaker at the UHR 2018 conference
  • Sandra Heidinger, Chair of UHR and Director of HR, University of Strathclyde

The awards were presented at our UHR annual conference in Bristol, on the evening of 24 May, during the conference gala dinner.  Our theme for the conference was Universities: competitive advantage or collective advancement?

The 2018 UHR Conference focused on the people management implications of identifying opportunities for competitive advantage and distinctiveness in our own institution’s mission, whilst recognising the value of collaboration as a sector in responding to common opportunities and threats. This set the context for the 2018 awards.


2017 Awards

See the 2017 winners and runners up








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