Ulster University Excellence Awards


About the awards

The Ulster University Excellence Awards are our annual celebration and recognition of outstanding partnerships that have made a contribution or significant impact on our societies and economies, both nationally and internationally.

The awards seek to recognise and reward placement partnerships that have enriched the personal and professional development of our students and cutting-edge collaborations between our academics and researchers with external stakeholders.

This year we have a number of award categories and welcome nominations from staff, students and business partners.

Nominations open 7th December 2019

Award categories

There are five overall categories - with placement and research awards within each. Find out more and submit your nominations below:


Rules and Regulations

  • Research
    • The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Research projects will be ongoing or will have been completed during the 12 months leading up to 4 February 2019.
    • PhD research students are permitted to enter, along with academics and researchers employed at Ulster University.
    • Each member of University staff is permitted to nominate for any category only ONCE.
    • In the first instance, information provided is strictly confidential, however winners will agree to take part in publicity for the Awards.
  • Placement
    • The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Placements or internships will have been completed by a student / recent graduate of the University during the 12 months leading up to 6 February 2020.
    • Placements completed within the University are not eligible.
    • Ulster students currently on industrial placement for the 2019 /20 academic year are not eligible to submit a nomination.
    • Each member of University staff is permitted to nominate for any category only ONCE.
    • In the first instance, information provided is strictly confidential, however winners will agree to take part in publicity for the Awards.
    • Nominations within the up to 50 employee’s categories must be "autonomous” employers, i.e. they must be independent with no participation in other enterprises and no enterprise has a participation in the business.


2019 Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists

The event, which took place at St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, recognised the University’s collaborations with partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, both locally and globally.

View 2019 winners and finalists