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Ulster University Impact Excellence Awards

Celebrating Ulster University’s Civic Partnerships. The Awards celebrate the positive impact our students and academic staff are having on societies and economies, both locally and internationally. 

Deadline for nominations:
Monday 5 February 2018

The Ulster University Impact Excellence Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018 at Titanic Belfast.

  • Employer self-nominations (Placements)

    In this section

    • Over 50 Employees
    • Up to 50 Employees
    • Public Sector placement
    • Nomination form International placements
    • Rules and Regulations

    Things to know before you start

    Employers will be asked to describe how placement students are introduced to the business and to outline the support and feedback provided during the experience. Judges will be interested to know what in particular makes the experience within your organisation exceptional.

    Over 50 Employees Placement employer nomination form information

    Each nomination will be judged according to set criteria, in your submission you MUST refer to each of the following:

    • Induction
    • Placement Support
    • Placement goals and objectives
    • Student assessment, monitoring and feedback
    • What made work experience in your organisation exceptional

    Nomination form

    Up to 50 Employees Placement employer nomination form information

    In your submission you MUST make reference to how you, as a small or micro enterprise, approached each of the following criteria:

    • Introduction to the business
    • Placement goals and objectives
    • What made work experience in your organisation exceptional

    Nomination form

    Public Sector Placement employer nomination form information

    Each nomination will be judged according to the following criteria, in your submission you MUST refer to each of the following:

    • Induction
    • Placement Support
    • Placement goals and objectives
    • Student assessment, monitoring and feedback
    • What made work experience in your organisation exceptional

    Nomination form

    International placements nomination form information

    Please state below why the organisation nominated should win an award for recognition of their contribution to international work-based and placement learning at Ulster University (250 words maximum). In your submission you must refer to each of the following:

    • Engagement with the University (example activity undertaken as a placement provider)
    • Orientation and ongoing mentoring support provided to Ulster students.
    • How Ulster students were helped to understand and compare the work culture overseas through the international experience.

    Nomination form

    Rules and Regulations

    • 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 5 February 2018.
    • Placements completed within the University are not eligible.
    • Ulster students currently on industrial placement for the 2017/18 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 employees category 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.
  • Nominations from Students and Staff

    In this section:

    • Student nomination for GB and Ireland placements
    • University Staff nominations
    • Rules and regulations

    Things to know before you start

    International partners, Ulster University students and staff will be asked to state how the nominated employer has made a contribution to student knowledge and skills development.  It will be important to highlight how the support given in the workplace helps students integrate and contribute to a successful organisation.

    Student nomination for GB and Ireland placements form information

    Please state why the organisation nominated should win an award for recognition of their contribution to work-based and placement learning at University of Ulster (250 words maximum).  In your submission you MUST refer to each of the following:

    • Management and organisation of placement
    • Training and development provided to Ulster students
    • Mentoring and support (e.g. your induction or ongoing developmental appraisal)
    • Feeling part of the organisation

    Nomination form 

    Ulster Staff Nomination form information:

    Each nomination will be judged according to set criteria, in your submission you MUST refer to each of the following:

    • Level of engagement with the University (length of time as a placement partner, other activity undertaken as a placement provider)
    • Quality of the placement experience (impact on teaching and learning)
    • Management and organisation of each placement
    • Mentoring and support offered to each student

    Nomination form

    Rules and Regulations

    • 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 5 February 2018.
    • Placements completed within the University are not eligible.
    • Ulster students currently on industrial placement for the 2017/18 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 employees category 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.
  • Impact Excellence Awards for Research

    This section is applicable to staff only.

    Introduction

    World-leading research is at the core of what we do at Ulster. Our people continue to deliver excellent research with global significance and meaningful impact that positively contributes to society as a whole. We collaborate with external stakeholders both locally and internationally to ensure our research is making a difference beyond academia.

    To celebrate this, the University seeks to award our partners who are collaborating with us to deliver impact, at the Impact Excellence Awards 2018.

    Academics and researchers are asked to nominate businesses, organisations or stakeholders where the partnership with Ulster University has delivered considerable impact.

    Categories

    We welcome applications for the following awards:

    Impact Excellence Award for Research (4 awards)

    • 1 x Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • 1 x Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
    • 1 x Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
    • 1 x Ulster University Business School
    Eligibility/Criteria

    The impact generating activities / project benefits must have occurred within the last 18 months.

    Impact Excellence Award for Research should demonstrate:

    • Strong link between underpinning research and the impact generated
    • Reach of the impact generated
    • Significance of the impact generated
    • Long term sustainability of the impact

    The top three projects in each faculty will be invited to the awards night where the winning project will be announced.

    Nomination form

    Completed application forms should be submitted to kj.reid@ulster.ac.uk ext 66982 before 12pm on Monday, 5 February.

    Awards Panel

    The Awards Panel will include the Associate Deans for Research and Impact, the Faculty Impact Manager, and will be chaired by the Fiona McElroy Head of Innovation and Impact.

    The Decision-Making Process

    Members of the Awards Panel will receive all documentation from nominees that has been properly received by the closing date.

    No late applications will be considered.

    A scoring matrix will be used by which all awards committee members will score each of the criteria out of a total of 5 marks.  The total score will be additive with equal weighting for each criterion.

    The decision of the Awards Panel will be final.

    Notification

    All nominees will be informed of the outcome by Friday, 23 March.

    The top three projects in each faculty will be invited to an awards night where the winning project will be announced.

  • Impact Excellence Award for Knowledge Exchange (1 award)

    This section is applicable to staff only.

    Nominations for best Knowledge Exchange project, made to a business where a collaboration has resulted in significant benefit and impact, is also open. This award recognizes projects that do not fit the traditional definition of research and impact.

    Eligibility/Criteria

    The impact generating activities / project benefits must have occurred within the last 18 months.

    Impact Excellence Award for Knowledge Exchange should demonstrate:

    • The impact of the knowledge exchange on the partner organisation
    • The impact of the knowledge exchange on Ulster University
    • The impact of the knowledge exchange on wider society
    • Long term sustainability of the impact

    The top three projects will be invited to the awards night where the winning project will be announced.

    Nomination form

    Completed application forms should be submitted to kj.reid@ulster.ac.uk ext 66982 before 12pm on Monday, 5 February.

    Awards Panel

    The Awards Panel will include the Associate Deans for Research and Impact, the Faculty Impact Manager, and will be chaired by Fiona McElroy Head of Innovation and Impact.

    The Decision-Making Process

    Members of the Awards Panel will receive all documentation from nominees that has been properly received by the closing date.

    No late applications will be considered.

    A scoring matrix will be used by which all awards committee members will score each of the criteria out of a total of 5 marks.  The total score will be additive with equal weighting for each criterion.

    The decision of the Awards Panel will be final.

    Notification

    All nominees will be informed of the outcome by Friday, 23 March.

    The top three projects will be invited to an awards night where the winning project will be announced.