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Alumni Awards 2024

About the Vice-Chancellor's Awards

The University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards marks the annual celebration of the accomplishments of our staff. It is a time for us to take a moment and celebrate the incredible hard work that our people do across the University.

Our people sit at the heart of our strategic plan, enabling us to move closer to achieving our vision of transforming lives.

Through nominations made by our staff and students, we recognise and reward the amazing work of those individuals and teams whose efforts show outstanding commitment to our strategic plan and exemplify our collective values.

Whether that’s through making small changes that have a big impact, publishing ground-breaking research, or being an exemplary tutor, all of our staff make a difference.

Watch our video below to see our Vice-Chancellor and his Deputy surprise our 2022 finalists.


Our staff are recognised across a range of categories:

  • Academic Staff Member of the Year
  • Business Impact
  • Community Contribution Award
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Living the Values
  • Manager of the Year
  • Professional Staff Member of the Year
  • Researcher of the Year
  • Student Experience Award (nominated by staff and students)
  • Teaching Staff Member of the Year (only nominated by students)
  • Team of the Year
  • Technical Staff Member of the Year (nominated by staff and students)

Read more about the criteria for each of our categories

Award categories

Our judging panel

The awards are reviewed by our staff-judging panel, made up of more than 30 judges from different Schools, Business Units, roles, genders, and ethnicities. All judges are required to complete unconscious bias training and must make their decisions against the category criteria and based purely on the nomination itself. The judges create a shortlist before meeting on the main judging day to make their exciting decisions on our finalists and winners.

Each category has three finalists, one winner, and additionally a list of highly commended colleagues who the judging panel wish to recognise.

I am delighted to be co-chair of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards in 2023. I have worked with many talented and hardworking colleagues over my 28 year career at the University of Hertfordshire, and the VCAs are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions made by members of our staff community.

Penny Carey

Dean of Hertfordshire Law School