Nominations open for first Professional Services Awards

March 23rd, 2022

Nominations are now open for our inaugural Professional Services Awards to celebrate our extraordinary teams around the university.

As mentioned earlier this year, for the first time, on Monday 23 May we will be holding an inaugural Professional Services Awards ceremony.

2020 – 2022 have been extraordinary years for the university, and in particular for the Professional Services teams who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, often unnoticed, to ensure that our campuses and core services remained operational under unique and often trying circumstances.

To fully reflect the breadth and depth of services that are supported by our Professional Services teams, we have identified 8 nomination categories that align to university core goals and values. All nominations are team-based to reflect the extraordinary collective efforts that we have all witnessed during the past 24 months.

Any member of the university’s staff or student community can nominate a team and Professional Services staff will also be able to self-nominate for any of the categories. Activities on which nominations are based should have taken place between 1 March 2020 – 24 April 2022.

Who are Professional Services?

Professional Services includes all of Administrative Professional and Managerial (APM), Technical Services, Operations & Facilities and Childcare Job Families, including roles based in Schools and Faculties as well as central functions.

You can find a full list of staff groups that fall under ‘Professional Services’ here.

Nomination categories

Team of the Year
For teams who have demonstrated outstanding effort and contribution that has gone above and beyond to deliver services of value to the university

Team award for embodying university values
For teams that continually uphold and exhibit the university values of Fairness, Respect, Inclusivity, Ambition, Openness in their everyday duties

Team awards for enhancing the Campus Experience
For teams who have demonstrated a collective effort to enhance the student, staff or visitor experience on campus (this could be a physical activity or process or supporting technology)

Team award for contribution to sustainability
For teams whose activities have demonstrated value to the university but also a strong consideration for future sustainability (e.g. developing a sustainable service or way of working)

Team award for fostering creativity and discovery
For teams that are innovative and think out of the box when solving issues or are proactive in identifying new solutions

Team award for embedding collaboration
For teams who have truly embraced collaborative working in a cross-functional way with other university areas/teams

Team award for supporting potential
For teams that have encouraged each other or those they are engaged with to grow and thrive

Team award for solving problems and improving lives
For teams who have delivered solutions, services or activities that have made a significant difference to individuals or communities

Nomination process

Please nominate a team using the button below or find out more on our Professional Service Awards webpages.

Colleagues can vote in as many categories as they like, as long as they relate to a UoN Professional Services team.

Size and scale of activity is not a primary factor and all submissions are welcome against any of the eight defined categories.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Sunday 24 April 2022.

The guide for written nominations is no more than 200 words and any audio/video nominations should be no more than two minutes in length. Postcard nomination forms will be distributed to key staff and student networks by the end of March.

Nominees will be notified by the end of April – early May.

If you have any questions or queries about the Professional Services Awards or would like to volunteer to be involved in the celebratory event on Monday 23 May 2022, please contact Sharon Caine.

Find out more about the Professional Services Awards 2022 here.

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March 28th, 2022 at 5:56 pm


The PDF of full list of staff groups that fall under ‘Professional Services here’ does not include APM staff who work in Schools and Faculties.

Could it be clarified if APM staff in Schools and Faculties are eligible?

March 29th, 2022 at 9:30 am

Cyrus M

Hi Stephen, thanks for getting in touch. Professional Services includes all of Administrative Professional and Managerial (APM), Technical Services, Operations & Facilities and Childcare Job Families, including roles based in Schools and Faculties – so yes, APM staff in schools and faculties are definitely eligible for a Professional Services Award. Thanks

April 21st, 2022 at 9:46 am


It is really hard to make a constructive and complete case in only 200 words! We have tried to explain a particular issue and our corresponding solution, but the word limit is extremely tight.

April 21st, 2022 at 1:32 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Mark, thanks for getting in touch. We’ve had a word with the team, and they can extend the word count to 350 words, but no more than that I’m afraid. This is so that the judging team have enough time and space to make their decisions, as they will be reading through a lot of nominations. Thanks, I hope that helps.

April 25th, 2022 at 11:20 am

Katarzyna Lis-Slimak

Please can you include an option of sending a copy of nomination form or confirmatory email to the person nominating? It would be useful to have a record of it. Thanks

April 26th, 2022 at 5:42 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Katarzyna, thanks for getting in touch. I’ve passed your feedback onto the team, and hopefully they can use it in next year’s award nomination submissions. Thanks

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