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University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor shortlisted for Inspiring Leader Award 2014 by The Guardian

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University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess

University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess has been selected as one of Britain’s inspirational leaders in higher education by The Guardian.

He is shortlisted for the Inspiring Leader 2014 Award announced today. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 26 February where the University of Leicester is also shortlisted for another award - for the excellence of its media and communications work around the discovery of King Richard III.

Also on the shortlist is Richard Taylor, until recently the Deputy Registrar at the University of Leicester and now the Chief Operating Officer at Loughborough University.

The Inspiring Leader 2014 Award, sponsored by the Leadership Foundation, recognises and showcases inspirational leadership in the UK higher education sector. The category is open to leaders at all levels and aims to reward an individual who has brought out the best in their team, resulting in exceptional results.

A spokesperson for The Guardian said: “For this award, leaders are nominated by the Guardian University Awards panel.

“We are looking for leaders who champion innovation and collaboration, deliver real change for their institution and the sector, and inspire the confidence and support of the higher education community who will decide the winner in an open poll published on the Guardian Higher Education Network.”

Professor Burgess has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester for 15 years - 2014 will mark his final year at Leicester as he retires at the end of September.

He said: “I am honoured to be nominated for this award in my final year as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester.  I would not, however, have been able to achieve the results I have at Leicester without the full support of all my colleagues whose hard work and dedication is testament to their commitment to the institution.  This is also borne out in the University’s other nomination for the work around the discovery of King Richard III.”

Professor Burgess has presided over a significant increase in Leicester’s success that has now been sustained over a number of years. The University has increased its position in the national league tables and won University of the Year and has, this year won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the third time and is the Sunday Times University of the Year runner up.  The Vice-Chancellor has also guided the University to its highest ever ranking in the Times Higher Education World University guide.

With international plaudits for its work around the discovery and identification of King Richard III, Leicester’s claim to fame is embedded in its culture of inter-disciplinary and collaborative approach to world-class research and innovative teaching.

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Leicester was named runner-up University of the Year in the Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2014 and the Students' Union was named HE Students' Union of the Year in the NUS Awards.


2014 shortlist

The 2014 shortlist was put together by the Guardian’s expert judging panel. The winner will be decided by public vote on the Guardian University Awards website: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/competition/2014/jan/14/higher-education-inspiring-leader-vote

Jamie Agombar, Ethical and Environmental Officer, NUS

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

Tricia King, Pro-Vice-Master for Student Experience and Director of External Relations, Birkbeck, University of London

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Surrey

Richard Taylor, formerly of the University of Leicester and now Chief Operating Officer, Loughborough University

You can find out more about the Guardian Awards here:  http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/university-awards

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