11th January 2013, 4:53pm
Vice Chancellor nominated in Guardian University Awards
Professor Mary Stuart The University of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor has been shortlisted for a national award which honours higher education’s most inspirational leaders.

Professor Mary Stuart is in the running for the Inspiring Leader Award in the Guardian’s inaugural Higher Education Awards. The winner will be determined by a public vote on the Guardian Higher Education Network.

The award, which will be presented at the end of February, will recognise an individual who has demonstrated inspirational leadership, vision, and new approaches to working and engagement.

Mary is one of only eight names on the shortlist, which was selected by a panel of experts and includes senior figures from the Open University, Oxford and HEFCE, among others.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said: “Just to be shortlisted is an honour for the entire University, but to win would be a tremendous accolade for the progress Lincoln has made in recent years, so staff, students alumni and supporters are all encouraged to register on the network and to cast their vote.”

Professor Mary Stuart joined the University of Lincoln as Vice Chancellor in 2009. She has renewed the curriculum at Lincoln, growing science provision and establishing the first new engineering school to be created in the UK for more than 20 years in collaboration with engineering giant Siemens plc.

She recently announced plans to create a new science and innovation park, including a school of pharmacy, in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative.

Passionate about the student experience, she has developed new student engagement opportunities at Lincoln, working closely with Lincoln's Students' Union, and has also introduced new programmes to improve graduate employability.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 18th January.  The winner will be announced at the Guardian University Awards on 27th February and online through the Guardian Higher Education Network.

To register to vote, visit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/competition/2012/dec/14/inspiring-leader-vote
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