Norwich University of the Arts shortlisted for top higher education award

Norwich University of Arts has been shortlisted for a national award. This is a painting from NUA's

Norwich University of Arts has been shortlisted for a national award. This is a painting from NUA's MA show, which was on display to the public this week. Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is in the running for one of the most prestigious awards for the higher education.

The news that NUA is on the shortlist for the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2013 caps what has been the body's first year since being awarded full university status.

As reported yesterday, the University of East Anglia is also in the hunt for awards glory, having been shortlisted in three categories: University of the Year, International Collaboration of the Year, and Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development.

The category which NUA is nominated in aims to recognise pioneering work to promote the arts taking place in universities, and is open to all higher education institutions in the UK.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday, November 28, with those attending expected to include government ministers and academic and university staff from across the sector.

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Professor John Last, vice chancellor at NUA, said: 'Norwich University of the Arts has been earning a string of accolades this year.

'We have been rated as the best specialist institution in art and design by the Complete University Guide and our students rated us as the top specialist arts institution in the UK in the National Student Survey.

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'This latest plaudit is gratifying in that it recognises the pioneering work the university is doing to promote the arts through its work with communities, businesses, international artists and its engaging gallery exhibition programme which presents national touring exhibitions to the public throughout the academic year.'

The awards recognise the creativity and quality to be found throughout universities across the UK.

John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, said: 'The entries were of an exceptionally high standard this year and (NUA) have done remarkably well to be shortlisted.'

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