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Cardiff Met shortlisted for prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2016



​The University has been shortlisted in three categories at this year's Times Higher Education Awards. Now in their 12th year, these are a highlight of the academic calendar and a celebration of the top establishments within the Higher Education sector.

Cardiff Met is shortlisted for Most Improved Student Experience, Contribution to Local Community for Sport Cardiff's School Holiday Enrichment Programmes and International Student Strategy.

Most Improved Student Experience is not a category that universities apply for, but a title that is secured through data gathered via the awards' YouthSight 2017 Student Experience Survey. The University's reputation for student experience has been widely recognised previously – Cardiff Met has a stellar track record in the National Student Satisfaction Survey and has been ranked top in the UK for overall international student support for six years in a row, according to the International Student Barometer.

School Holiday Enrichment Programmes (SHEP) is a collaborative venture with Sport Cardiff, the City Council's Sports Development Team, which is based on the Cyncoed campus since signing a Joint Venture Agreement with the University in 2014.

SHEP is a multi-agency pilot providing quality meals, nutrition skills and sports education to children living in areas of social deprivation in Cardiff.

Sport Cardiff focuses on providing sporting opportunities in the city's deprived neighbourhood management areas, particularly with women and girls, disabled groups and black and ethnic minorities.

SHEP were devised to influence policy locally and nationally to reduce health inequalities by demonstrating the growing issue of Family Food Insecurity and to develop an effective model of best practice to help meet Wales' commitment to eradicating child poverty by 2020 within the framework of the Future Generations Act.

As well as Cardiff Met and Sport Cardiff, the SHEP steering group includes Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Public Health Dietitians, Food Cardiff and City of Cardiff Council Education Catering, who all worked in partnership with schools and key stakeholders both in Cardiff and nationally.

Among other accolades, the programmes have been awarded the Public Health England Award for contributions to public health at the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2016 and have been shortlisted for the NHS Wales Awards 2016.  

The University's International Student Strategy effectively combines recruitment, retention and support for students at home and overseas.

Strategically aligning the University's outward mobility, student experience strategy and partnership work has led to greater integration between home and international students; improved retention rates; heightened learning outcomes; increased employability prospects and higher student satisfaction levels.  

This year's awards have received more entries than ever with winners being announced at a high profile awards dinner in London on Thursday, November 24th.

The University has won several THE Awards in various categories over recent years.

Over 1000 people will attend the celebrations, including politicians, senior sector figures and a great number of academic and professional staff from universities in all corners of the UK.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Jacqui Hare said: "We pride ourselves on the long-standing reputation we have garnered with our students and alumni in relation to how much they enjoy their time at Cardiff Met.

"This Student Experience nomination is a particularly valuable acknowledgement, as the award is based on student feedback rather than a formal application or nomination.

"It is wonderful to be recognised as among the best in the higher education sector alongside peers from other universities for outstanding work in these categories.

"It would be very rewarding to be recognised for our International Strategy and it is also a particular honour to be associated with Sport Cardiff and the inclusive grassroots sports projects they deliver – it is a great example of the creative collaborations we initiate for the benefit of the wider community, our students and the future of the City of Cardiff."