Richmond, The American International University in London, is delighted to announce that the University has been shortlisted in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards, in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development.

The Awards, which are now in their 14th year, are known as the ‘Oscars of higher education’ and recognise excellence in all areas of university activity in the UK.   The Award winners will be announced at a gala ceremony taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London on Thursday 29 November, 2018.

The only independent university featured in the Awards, Richmond has been shortlisted in recognition of The Richmond Leadership Academy (RLA) which encompasses all aspects of the student experience at Richmond, with a particular focus on employability and personal development.   The RLA is wide-ranging, including seminars, workshops and one-to one tutorials hosted by staff, but it also includes hands-on initiatives like voluntary work, student leadership activities including membership in student-run clubs and societies, student representation on University committees, internships and work experience, faculty-led research projects, study abroad opportunities and student innovation and entrepreneurship.

Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice President for Student Affairs at Richmond, commented, “We’re so proud to have been shortlisted for these Awards which recognise the fantastic role that the Richmond Leadership Academy has played in maximising the unique UK/US experience offered at Richmond to students. Through the Academy, we’ve fused together the academic experience of small, tutorial-style seminars with the opportunities for all Richmond students to develop transferable skills, and to build flexibility, adaptability and resilience which will ultimately prepare them for lives of leadership beyond graduation.

“This recognition would not have been possible without the hard work of my incredible Student Affairs team, particularly Jamie Macleod and Dan O’Meara who have really shaped the Richmond Leadership Academy and raised the profile of employability at the University.”

John Gill, The Times Higher Education Editor, said, “Times Higher Education is extremely proud to host these awards once again. In yet another record year for entries, and with over 70 institutions represented on the shortlist, it’s a genuine privilege for the Times Higher Education team and our judges to read through these many and varied tales of excellence from all corners of the UK. It’s a significant achievement to make this shortlist, and we look forward to honouring all the finalists at the Grosvenor in November.”