The UHR Awards for Excellence in HR in Higher Education 2021 are now open for entries
Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherlands and Workday
This year we will be awarding UHR Awards in four categories as follows:
- Business effectiveness and organisational performance: for an initiative that has driven and demonstrably enhanced organisational performance and competitive advantage, demonstrating new ways of working.
- 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.
After such an extraordinary year we’d love the hard work of your teams during the time of pandemic to be reflected in your nominations. And remember we’ll be announcing the winners during UHR Conference 2021: its theme is Refreshing HR.
Why should you enter?
At our recent Showcasing Good Practice event, an illustrious panel of former winners (comprising former UHR Chair Sandra Heidinger, Patrick Johnson of the University of Manchester, Louise Lindsay of Imperial College, and Rashmi Patel of Lancaster University) gave us their top ten reasons to enter for a UHR Award.
- HR teams need to be seen as credible within our institutions and public recognition of our work from our peers helps us to be trusted to do difficult things
- Public awareness of awards helps to promote careers in higher education HR. Some think of us as a backwater when we are often at a cutting edge. The awards help us highlight that
- The awards promote projects and approaches that you can use or adapt in your own institution. They are a great source of ideas for all of us
- There’s a genuine internal team morale boost associated with winning a UHR Award
- We can’t always talk publicly about the work that we do so this gives a way for meaningful recognition to be gained
- The UHR Awards will give you a platform on a subject that you are knowledgeable and passionate about: that’s good for your own network and collaboration. There is real value here for those willing to share ideas
- That platform might help you influence the sector more widely. Some of the best UHR Award winners have gone on to influence via UUK, EHRC and others
- Winning an award is good for your team’s reputation within your university, and indeed for the wider university too
- An entry will help you focus on the data you have that demonstrates impact – that discipline will help you on other projects
- An awards entry will give you space to reflect on the nature of the achievement. It’s fine and it’s valid to be proud of good work.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 19 March.
Winners will be announced during the UHR Conference 2021.
How can I enter?
Entries are made by downloading the entry form and completing all sections. As the form is a simple Word document you can save it, come back to it after conferring with colleagues, and we often find the best entries are those that pull in several viewpoints to describe the achievement. That makes entering for an award both a constructive and an easy process.
What information should you include in your entry?
Evidence of measurable achievement and impact should be clearly demonstrated, as the purpose of the awards is to be able to spread good practice that actually produces results. It’s important that your entry is a project, initiative or combination of activities that has already been implemented and had a real effect, rather than a good idea with potential that hasn’t yet made a demonstrable difference. Any UHR member HEI, regardless of size or type can enter, but it’s vital to provide evidence of your activity being cutting edge or innovative in the way it’s been implemented, and of its impact.
Who will judge the entries?
A range of people with experience and knowledge of good people management practice within and beyond higher education.
Last year's winners
You can read about last year's winning projects and teams below.
We are very grateful to UHR Premium Partners Eversheds Sutherland and Workday for their support for this year's UHR Awards, the UHR Conference 2021, and their work across the higher educations sector in general.