RGU shortlisted for hat-trick of THE awards

Thursday 10 September 2020

Sir Ian Wood Building
Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been shortlisted for a hat-trick of Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 awards, having made it as a finalist for Outstanding Entrepreneurial University of the Year, Business School of the Year and Innovative Teacher of the Year.

The annual awards celebrate the breadth and depth of the higher education sector and RGU has been recognised for its approach to embedding entrepreneurship within its culture, its business-connected learning, teaching and the innovative approaches of its staff.

Principal of RGU, Professor Steve Olivier said he is proud to see the university being recognised in the prestigious awards.

He said: “RGU is a professionally focused university which aims to create an environment that encourages entrepreneurial mindsets, industry-focused learning and innovative teaching practices and I am delighted that RGU has been shortlisted for three very prestigious awards which recognise those important attributes.

“RGU has a long history of enterprise and we have taken significant steps to stimulate an entrepreneurial environment within the university and across the region, supporting the creation of diverse businesses products and services.

“Being shortlisted for Business School of the Year for the second year in a row further strengthens Aberdeen Business School’s reputation as a leading business school. Our excellence in teaching is key to the university’s success and it is great to see the hard work and efforts of Shonagh Douglas, who teaches Financial Accounting and Finance at ABS, has been recognised as an Innovative Lecturer of the Year finalist.”

The 16th annual THE Awards has 20 categories in total, covering the full range of university activity across leadership and management, administration, and academia.

THE editor John Gill said: “This has been a year like no other, and universities have faced unprecedented challenges as a result of the pandemic. While we are by no means through the crisis, the response over the last six months has been immensely impressive, and served yet again as a reminder of the dedication and commitment that exists across UK higher education.

“While this year’s THE Awards will differ from previous years, since we will not be able to gather to celebrate in person, the purpose remains the same: to highlight and champion the very best of the talent and creativity that shines out from our universities.

“In 2020 more than ever, it is vital to recognise and shout about those achievements, and we have been gratified by the huge number of entries at a time when university staff had so many demands on their time.”

The winners of the awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on 26 November.

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