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The University of Worcester Wins Prestigious Times Higher Award

The University of Worcester wins prestigious Times Higher award

The University of Worcester has won the ‘Outstanding Library Team’ Times Higher Leadership and Management Award.

The prestigious, national award was conferred on the University in recognition of the leadership and vision required to create and operate the country’s first university and public library, The Hive. The Hive, which was opened by HM The Queen in July 2012, has already issued over a million books and will shortly welcome its millionth visitor.

The University was named the winner during a ceremony in London last night (Thursday June 20), hosted by Dara O’Briain, beating off stiff competition from universities throughout Britain.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and chief executive Professor David Green said: “This award is a very welcome addition to a glittering array of awards for a truly inspirational building dedicated to learning for all.

“The stunning success of The Hive, the first library of its kind in Europe, is down to the work of many staff, working together across the University and Worcestershire County Council for a common goal. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has played a part in this significant and transformative project and to offer particular congratulations to those who, through their project leadership, have been specifically recognised through this award."

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University, said: “Our vision for The Hive has always been to create an inspiring space, which people enjoy visiting for many reasons: to study and learn and to work.

“The Library team at the University of Worcester has taken on a unique set of challenges in the last six years to develop the Hive. They devised staffing models, training programmes and procedures from scratch- there is nothing else like this in the UK.”

She added: “The Hive has so much to offer in terms of sharing resources and expertise for the benefit of everyone.”

Now in their fifth year, the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards are a highlight of the academic calendar and a celebration of the best of the sector.

They are a showcase of extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen.

There will be special tours of the Hive for all interested this Sunday at the University’s Open Day from 10am-3pm. Go to to find out more.