A brace of Times Higher Education Awards nominations for Leicester

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted in two categories for this year’s prestigious Times Higher Education Awards.

Our work with the University of Kufa Medical School in Southern Iraq is up for the ‘International Impact Award’. Since 2011, the two institutions have been working together to rebuild an effective medical training programme in post-Saddam Iraq. More than 200 Iraqi medical school staff have been trained at a series of workshops.

Five other Iraqi medical schools have subsequently established international partnerships to modernise their medical curriculum along the lines of the Leicester-Kufa model, and the Ministry of Higher Education in Iraq has adjusted its regulations to support the introduction of this modernised curriculum.

Professor Mohammed Al-Uzri, Programme Lead for the collaboration with Iraq, said, "I am very pleased that the good work by Leicester Medical School is recognised in this prestigious award. It will provide further motivation for our staff to continue with this collaboration."

Our second award nod is a bit of a mystery frankly as it’s for the ‘THE DataPoints Merit Award’, one of the categories which doesn’t solicit direct nominations. The awards website has this to say:

“As part of their comprehensive analysis, the THE’s data team looks for interesting patterns among the millions of data points they work with when compiling our suite of World University Rankings, and for both our THELMAs and THE Awards they compile a shortlist of UK institutions who have excelled in a specific area.”

We will find out on 30 November when the awards are presented at a ceremony in London.