The UHR Awards for Excellence in HR in Higher Education 2021 are now open for entries


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This year we will be awarding UHR Awards in four categories as follows:

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.



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.


Category: Business Effectiveness and Organisational Performance

WINNERS: Nottingham Trent University


Category: Organisational Development and Culture Change

WINNERS: Manchester Metropolitan University


Category: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

WINNER: University of Bristol


Category: Exceptional HR - our 'Team of the Year' category

WINNERS: Keele University




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.