After careful consideration with all parties involved in the organising of the Educate North Awards 2020, we have taken the decision to postpone this event to Wednesday 3rd March 2021. The awards will now be taking place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and any investment made will be transferred to the new date. It is vital we protect our teams and all guests at this time and we place no further burden on the brilliant NHS and other services. We know you will all understand and support this decision. We are in the process of informing all participants via email of this change. If you have any questions, please get in touch with please get in touch with Becky Mellor via email at

2018 Winners

The 2018 winners were announced at the awards ceremony on the 26 April 2018 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester.


Business / Industry Collaboration

Winner: University of Hull

Highly Commended: Backstage Academy goes on tour


Social Mobility Award

Leeds Beckett University – Junior Leadership Scheme


Employer Engagement Award

University of Chester collaboration with Royal Caribbean International


Environmental Industry Award

Winner: Bradford50@50 – University of Bradford

Highly Commended: University of Chester – Greening the Libraries


External Relations Team of the Year

Winner: Newcastle University – Undergraduate Student Recruitment Team

Winner: Policy@Manchester – The University of Manchester


Innovation Award

University of Central Lancashire – Communications and Engagement  In The City


Student Experience Award

Newcastle University Careers Service


Research Project of the Year

University of Chester – Social and economic conditions contributing to homelessness in Cheshire


International Partnership

UCLan and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine From Devastation to Preston


International Transnational Education



UK Leadership Award

Professor Mike Thomas, The University of Central Lancashire


UK Apprenticeship Award

Winner: Manchester Metropolitan University

Winner: The Juice Academy


Students’ Union of the Year

Newcastle University Students’ Union


Business School of the Year

Liverpool Hope Business School and University of Chester Business School


Further Education College of the Year

Wigan & Leigh College


Sixth Form of the Year

Birkenhead Sixth Form College


University of the Year

Supported by Dr. John Kennedy CBE, Patron of The Educate North Awards

Newcastle University


Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Keaton MBE

19 February

Judging Session

20 February

Shortlist Announcement

3 MARCH 2021

Awards Ceremony