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University Alliance Awards 2022

The Alliance Awards are returning for the third year running! The Awards were founded to recognise excellence in higher education and research across the UK’s leading professional and technical universities.

Nominations open: 2 March 2022

Nominations close: 6 April 2022

Awards ceremony: 7 June 2022


The winners will be announced at the Alliance Awards evening on 7 June. Hosted at Kingston University’s award winning Townhouse building, the evening of celebration will include guest speakers, entertainment and dinner.

This year, we have seven awards up for nominations, which include a new award: The Jubilee Award for services to education. This brand new category recognises an individual who has delivered a lifetime of exceptional services to higher education.

Who can make a nomination?

Anyone can make a nomination for the Alliance Awards, whether you are part of an Alliance institution or not.

Who can I nominate?

You can nominate individuals, teams or yourself, provided that those being nominated are part of a University Alliance institution (this does not apply to the DTA Alumni Award, where there are alumni from other institutions who are still eligible for nomination)

See the award categories below:


The Braveheart Award

For the team or individual that have demonstrated conviction and integrity in their actions and decisions.




The Professionals Award

For the team or individual who have demonstrated true professionalism and positivity in the face of adversity.




The Innovation Award – sponsored by UCAS

For the team or individual who have come up with solutions and innovations to the biggest most difficult problems or challenges.




The Alliance Award

For the team or individual who have demonstrated great collaborative working whilst respecting and embracing different viewpoints.




The Star Award

For the team or individual who have motivated others through their ability to stay upbeat, even in the toughest of times.



The Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) Alumni award

For the DTA alumnus who has demonstrated their commitment to one or more of the UA principles of: openness and honesty, professionalism and positivity, solutions-focused and impactful working, democratic and collaborative behaviour, an attitude that encourages fun and enjoyment – taking them forward from the DTA programme into their post PhD activities.


NEW: The Jubilee Award for services to education

For the individual who has delivered a lifetime of exceptional service to their institution, students and to the higher education sector as a whole.



The shortlist for each award category will be decided by a dedicated panel of experts from across the sector. Our panel spans higher education, with members from sector press, government and sector bodies.

With thanks to our hosts for the awards event, Kingston University, and our sponsors, Technology One and UCAS.