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Church universities nominated for Times Higher Education ‘Oscars’

29 September 2017


On site: Chester University’s main entrance and chapel

On site: Chester University’s main entrance and chapel

SIX church universities and their staff have been nominated for The Times Higher Education’s “Oscars”, to be presented at a London ceremony in November. The awards are designed to recognise the universities’ adaptability, efficiency, and creativity. Those nominated are:


• Dr Michelle Mattison, of the University of Chester, for international collaboration, based on her project using intermediaries in sex-abuse cases in Australia;

• The University of Cumbria, in association with the prison at Haverigg, for widening participation and outreach;

• Trinity St David, University of Wales, in association with NHS Wales, for its innovative contribution to business-university collaboration;

• Dr Duncan Reavey, of the University of Chichester, for the most innovative teacher for his work on outdoor education;

• Canterbury Christ Church University for the most improved student experience; and

• The University of Winchester for the overall category of university of the year.


The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin, who is the Bishop for Higher Education, congratulated the universities. He noted that “these nominations are all in areas which reflect the emphases which the church universities, as values-driven institutions, place on the needs of their students and of the wider society within they work.”

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