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23rd June 2010, 11:32am
University of Lincoln shortlisted for top employer awards
The University of Lincoln The University of Lincoln is in contention for a trio of national awards in recognition of the efforts made to support its staff.

Lincoln has been shortlisted in two categories at the Employee Benefits Awards 2010, run by Employee Benefits magazine. It is also in the running for an accolade at the HR Excellence Awards, organised by HR magazine.

The Employee Benefits Awards 2010 will be held at the London Hilton on Friday 25 June. The University of Lincoln is shortlisted in the categories 'Most effective benefits strategy for working parents and carers' and 'Most effective benefits strategy in a public sector organisation'.

The HR Excellence Awards take place at the same venue on Tuesday 29 June, when Lincoln will be competing for the title of 'Best workplace diversity strategy'.

The University provides a range of non-financial rewards and benefits for staff, beyond the core benefits of paid holidays, pensions and policies for family leave and sickness absence. It includes annual team achievement awards, a cycle to work scheme and events promoting health and well-being. It also operates a staff suggestion scheme where employees can put forward ideas for better working practices.

Ian Hodson, Rewards and Benefits Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: "I am delighted that we have been shortlisted and that we have been acknowledged as an employer of choice. To be shortlisted alongside the likes of E-ON and Procter & Gamble is a huge compliment. Our strength is our innovation and that is keeping us ahead of the pack. The challenge remains to come up with new ideas to keep us there."

The 'Best workplace and diversity strategy' award is a new category in the HR Excellence Awards. The University's application detailed the work that has taken place in the last two years to improve staff awareness of and engagement with the equality and diversity agenda. It is shortlisted alongside Tesco, Santander and McDonald's Restaurants.

Claire Bell, Equality and Diversity Manager at the University of Lincoln, said; "To think that as an organisation we have moved the equality and diversity agenda on so far in such a short space of time to the extent that we are shortlisted for a national award is absolutely wonderful. It is really positive to receive public recognition for the University and something that personally gives me a great deal of pride."

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