Double shortlist success

The University has been shortlisted in two categories of the Times Higher Education Awards 2016.

Leeds University Business School (LUBS) makes the shortlist for the Business School of the Year award, whilst the School of Earth and Environment – working with the Leeds College of Art – is a finalist in the Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research category.

The LUBS entry highlighted the School’s exceptional achievements and impact, which included accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and an award of a ‘gold’ Small Business Charter in recognition of its support for small businesses. Other examples of how LUBS is leading the way, were demonstrated through industrial research collaborations with companies such as M&S and Rolls Royce, the Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme for our undergraduates, and the Leaders in Residence initiative for senior executives from external organisations.

The School of Earth and Environment’s entry focused on the ‘Virtual Landscapes Project’. Produced with Leeds College of Art, the project uses a computer game engine to create a virtual landscape that simulates aspects of geological field work. Students explore and interact with this landscape before their first mapping class, visiting virtual outcrops to collect data, determine location, and map regional geology. Students and staff have found the exercises are good preparation, with students making fewer errors in the field and having more confidence going into mapping. 

The collaborative project forms an interdisciplinary bridge between STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) and Arts disciplines. It has been well received and is now in use in other UK Geoscience departments, as well as at universities as far away as the USA and Guyana.

All the winners of the THE Awards will be announced on Thursday 24 November.

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