Vice Chancellor's Awards

Each year ARU publicly celebrates and rewards outstanding contributions made to the achievement of our ambitions.

If you’ve demonstrated a positive attitude and done something which is ambitious, imaginative and/or collaborative, we want to hear all about it. 

The Awards apply to all who work here and we positively encourage nominations from individuals and teams whose work might not be as visible as others', but whose contribution is essential to our success.

Successful nominees will receive £2,000 (£4,000 for teams) to reinvest in their faculty or service; a framed certificate and a lapel pin.

VC Award categories

Excellent Education

Awards in this category seek to celebrate individuals or teams who have contributed to our ambition for ‘an outstanding and inclusive educational experience for our students’.

  • Early Career Excellent Education
  • Sustained Excellence in Education
  • Outstanding Leadership in Education
  • Award for Collaborative Activities

Outstanding Research and Innovation

Awards in this category seek to celebrate individuals or team who have contributed to our ambition for ‘transformative research and innovation’. 

  • Early Career Outstanding Researcher
  • Outstanding Established Researcher
  • Outstanding Doctoral Supervision
  • Outstanding Research Impact
  • Outstanding Knowledge Exchange Collaboration

Outstanding Professional Contributions to ARU

Awards in this category seek to celebrate contributions which help to create a vibrant university community of students, staff and the wider ARU community; distinctive and people-facing approaches to solving challenges; effective, efficient and sustainable use of resources and being innovative.

Eligibility criteria

Colleagues from all professional services as well as academic staff are eligible to apply for a Vice Chancellor's Award.

The Awards will be interpreted in the broadest sense subject to the VC Award Guidance for each category.

Take a look at our winners.