Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine & Science has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2012 in the "outstanding departmental administration team" category.
Nottingham veterinary school has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards 2012 in the "outstanding departmental administration team" category.
The awards, also known as the THELMAs, focus on the skills in management, administration, innovation, business and finance that enable universities to function effectively as large research and teaching institutions with thousands of staff and students.
The University of Nottingham has been singled out for excellence in international strategy and marketing/communications.
Entries are shortlisted on the basis of excellent and innovative ways of working with potential to inform good practice across the sector, the ability to meet challenges effectively, improve performance over the year and improve both the student experience and the service to staff.
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham graduated its first cohort in 2011. There are now 130 staff (including 20 admin staff) and 600 students.
According to the school, it has taken an "unrivalled greenfield opportunity" to implement a new administrative model, whereby admin staff take on administrative roles traditionally undertaken by academics, which has resulted in a dramatic reduction in administrative load for academics, offering them more time to focus on research and teaching, providing a responsive administrative service in school while leveraging the expertise and skill of central university administration.
The admin team uses the latest IT-technologies to deliver and assess the curriculum, e.g. providing all teaching materials only online, accessed by laptops provided to all students, and delivering e-assessments using a 10,000 question database.
Working collaboratively with the university's Learning and Development team ensure that software applications meet the school's needs, learning from best practice undertaken globally in the veterinary and medical fields.
Dr Karen Braithwaite, director of academic support and administration, said: "We are very pleased with been shortlisted for this Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award, it is a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of all the administrative staff at the school who provide an outstanding service in all activities in the school, from student and teaching delivery support through to financial and research grant administration, and much more in between.
"The tangible outcomes of the team are fantastic – top of the National Student Survey (NSS), coupled with a very complimentary RCVS report in our first full year of operations."