AUA Annual Awards

The AUA would not be the thriving association it is without the hard work and dedication of you, our members and volunteers.

Our annual AUA Awards go some way to recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of you, our members, but we need your help! Please take the time to nominate an AUA colleague, or indeed yourself. Don’t be shy in letting us know what you have achieved!


2017 categories and criteria

2017 AUA Awards Winners

AUA Networks Team award winners: The North Wales and North West Geographical Network whose nomination particularly impressed the judging panel, due to the commitment of the network coordinator Diane Lloyd, deputy coordinator Daniel Taylor, and advocates across the region, as well as the innovative events programme and the impressive increase in the number of Fellowships.













AUA member of the year award winner: Michael Monaghan of Liverpool John Moores University, who through a creative approach has modified AUA CPD materials to build a programme which supports 100 staff members through their Fellowship applications. Michael was unable to attend the ceremony, and Daniel Taylor accepted the award on his behalf.









Lifetime achievement award winner: Ann Hartley, in recognition of her invaluable and continuing contribution to the management of the AUA’s PGCert and of her long career in HE, during which she has so thoroughly embodied AUA’s values.


2017 categories and criteria

Member of the year

This award recognises the contribution of an individual member. The judges will be looking for a high level of commitment and dedication to the AUA. Perhaps an Advocate or Network Coordinator has gone the extra mile to help you, or maybe their work has raised the profile of the AUA. It could be a member who has utilised or adapted our CPD Framework, and any of its related resources, or the PgCert, to support the career development of themselves and others.

Networks team award

Making connections and helping people work together is what the AUA does best. In this award we want to recognise the teams of network volunteers who work together to get you connected. You might want to nominate a team behind your geographic or thematic network, or a team of advocates at your institution.

Lifetime achievement award

The lifetime achievement award is our chance to say a big thank you to a longstanding member whose sustained and significant contribution to the development and leadership of the AUA has helped advance professionalism and promoted excellence across the HE sector.

Annual Awards 2016

AUA Annual Awards 2016

The AUA Annual Awards 2016 were presented on Tuesday 22 March during the Gala Dinner at our Annual Conference and Exhibition, Royal Armouries, Leeds.

Each year the Awards give us an opportunity to recognise members in Higher Education Institutions across the UK who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting the AUA’s values and work.

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Network Award – St Andrews University Branch

2016 Network Award winners - St Andrews University BranchThe University of St Andrews has seen a staggering increase in activity over the last few years. The awards panel were impressed not only by the rapid membership growth at the institution, but also how engaged all these new members have been. The institution has hosted events which have attracted members from across the Scotland Network and the newly formed NE Scotland sub-region will no doubt see further fruitful developments.


Volunteer of the Year – Lisa Burtonphoto-aua-awards-2016-volunteer-of-the-year-award

Lisa Burton is an AUA Advocate at Warwick, a graduate and mentor of the PG Cert, a former member of the PG Cert Board of Studies and a former member of the Perspectives Editorial Advisory Board. In short, Lisa is involved in a lot! All volunteers need to be enthusiastic, but Lisa’s success seems to be down to her remarkable ability to instil that enthusiasm in others





Member of the Year – Rachael Barnes

photo-aua-awards-2016-member-of-the-yearRachael Barnes has been engaged with the AUA at many levels. As a successful AUA PG Cert graduate, Rachael has clearly demonstrated a commitment to her own professional development. The commitment does not stop there though; Rachael actively encourages the same focus in others and has recently volunteered to be a PG Cert Mentor. Rachael is always keen to promote the benefits of AUA membership, but it is clear that the Association also benefits from having Rachael as a member.


Advocate of the Year – Iain Forster-Smithphoto-aua-awards-2016-advocate-of-the-year

The panel were particularly impressed by Iain’s successes in making sure senior staff are on board with the purpose and aims of AUA. From the very beginning, all new members of staff are presented with information about AUA at marketplace induction events. Iain’s enthusiasm has resulted in growing numbers of members at the University of Bath, and their experience of membership is enhanced by having Iain as their advocate.





Perspectives Essay Prize 2015 – Andrew Fisher

photo-aua-awards-2016-perspectives-essay-prize-2015In 2015 the Editorial Board of Perspectives established, for the next three years, an annual essay competition sponsored by the John Smith Group. This competition calls for an original piece of work, no more than 4,000 words on a specific topic, for 2015 this topic was ‘Managers and Markets’. The 2015 winner was Dr Andrew Fisher for his article ‘Towards an orderly exit regime in English higher education’.

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