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UnionCloud wins top Times Higher Education award

Tuesday 25-06-2013 - 00:00

NUS Digital’s UnionCloud platform has scooped a top prize at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2013

The awards, hosted by comedian Dara O Briain, covered everything from international strategy to student services, from fundraising to HR and estates to admissions. The event showcased the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions.

Robert Haymon-Collins, Jisc’s executive director of customer experience, said: “At Jisc we believe in making the UK the most digitally advance education and research nation in the world and this year’s winner is most certainly contributing to making this happen.

“This year’s award goes to the National Union of Students (NUS), for their creation of UnionCloud, which is their own cloud computing platform, to create the NUS Digital project. NUS Digital enables students’ unions across the UK to interact more effectively with their members at a local level. Among other services, it offers membership communication management, targeted marketing, election functions and resources for student clubs and societies.”

Doug Tomlinson, NUS Group Director of IT and New Media, said: “This is a real honour for NUS. The THE Awards are a nationally recognised event that has never before had an award winner from a non academic institution. NUS Digital is designed by students unions for students and students' unions and the judging panel recognised the magnitude of the task in such a high profile collaborative project. Interest in the national digital platform from launch has been phenomenal and this is great recognition for the development team, NUS and the students' unions that have contributed their time and valuable effort into the initiative."

Chris Cobb, chief operating officer and university secretary at the University of London, was one of the category’s judges. He said that NUS Digital was “an example of what can be achieved through collaboration.”

“The core infrastructure and suite of tools in the UnionCloud are innovative, timely and relevant as evidenced by the very strong buy-in from local students’ unions. What is particularly interesting is how the NUS has harnessed the power of social networking as a core means of communication within its membership.”

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