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University of York Nominated for University of the Year Award 2021

University of York Nominated for University of the Year Award 2021

The sudden outbreak of the global pandemic was one of the most unexpected crises that occurred without any prior information and eventually led to ruckus worldwide in 2021. However, we agree that it was a mess for everyone, but institutes and government organizations still helped people with their whole heart. 

One such was ‘University of York‘, which helped thousands of staff and students through practical, supportive measures to rescue them from this troublesome situation. The university’s management team had come forward and made 6,000 welfare emails and phone calls to the students who were in quarantine during the pandemic period. 

For all this heartwarming gesture, the University of York has been shortlisted for the ‘University of the Year Award in the Times Higher Education Awards 2021’ for the pandemic support where the jury panel is looking out for the universities who implemented innovative strategies to help the students and staff during the outburst and delivered exceptional performance in 2021. 

In addition to making several calls and emails to the self-isolated students, York authorities had also shared the ‘Emergency Student Support Fund’ details, which had emergency funds up to £2 million wholeheartedly donated by the ex-alumni staff students and other social individuals. 

It’s indeed a proud moment for York – stated by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery. He’s definitely in awe with how everyone from the university has worked together to help the students and staff amidst the pandemic. He stated that getting shortlisted is a proud moment for York and its city, where people are coming together to fight against the pandemic in the best possible manner.

 Cllr Keith Aspden ( Leader of the City of York Council and Chair of the York Outbreak Management Advisory Board) also appreciated York on getting shortlisted for this popular award in the UK and stated that it’s truly commendable for a university on getting acknowledged this way all across the globe. He also agreed that the joint collaborative approach had been a master tool for keeping the individuals safe in the city and will be implemented further to help York cope with the after-effects of the pandemic.

John Gill ( Times Higher Education Editor) stated that the biggest accomplishment for York is that it has made it to the shortlisting list out of 600 nominations, which is undoubtedly a joyful moment. He also stated that they’re looking forward to celebrating this happy response with the university staff in the Oscars of Higher Education Award ceremony around November. 

The appreciation doesn’t end here, as Patrick O’Donnell ( President of the University of York Students Union) said he’s extremely glad for York to get shortlisted for the award. All of this completely reflects the hard work, commitment, and dedication exhibited by the staff and students of York who have worked together and made sure that the campus life continuous to go with ease. He also stated that everyone at York is proud of the achievement.

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