The Student Success Project celebrated last night, Thursday 30th November 2017, as it won the Outstanding Support for Students award at the Times Higher Education awards 2017.
The highly competitive awards see hundreds of entrants from across the higher education sector. The judges said that Kent ‘stood out from the pack with its impressive and innovative approach to improving academic outcomes for the least advantaged students. By creating a comprehensive network of tailored support and dedicated institutional research opportunities for such students in nine pilot schools, the University has made outstanding progress in narrowing the attainment gap, and has created a model that can be rolled out across the institution’.
The THE awards, now in their 13th year and widely recognised as the ‘Oscars of higher education’, were established to ‘shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions’.
Dave Thomas, the project’s central development officer, who was at the award ceremony said “Students are at the heart of our provision. It was wonderful to be here with the University of Kent Afro Caribbean Society president, Kent Union president, along with the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, and other members of senior management and the project team. It was a truly collaborative effort. It is always nice to be recognised.”
The Project would like to echo this sentiment, so much of what we do is in collaboration with teams and departments across the university and we look forward to continuing this worthwhile work into phase 2.