Staff awards

We are proud to recognise and promote the successes of staff across our campuses through a wide variety of awards.

CARE Awards

The CARE (Celebrating Achievement, Recognising Excellence) Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Student Services staff. Awards include:

  • Empowerment and Innovation Award
  • Student Focused Award
  • Partnership Award
  • Spirit of Student Services Award
  • Team Excellence Award.
Find out more about CARE Awards

Consistent Excellence in Customer Services

Kent Hospitality recognises each member of staff's achievements at an annual Awards Ceremony.

Find out more about CECS awards

Graduate School Prizes

These annual prizes recognise the excellence of its postgraduate researchers and the outstanding work carried out by academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

This year there are five categories:

  • Postgraduate Research Prize (three prizes available)
  • Research Degree Supervisor (three prizes available)
  • School Director of Graduate Studies
  • Postgraduate Administrator Prize
  • Postgraduate Teacher Prize


Winners of the Research Degree Supervisor competition would be entered as Kent nominations for the Times Higher Education ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ which normally has a deadline for applications toward the end of June. 

These winners would also be asked to share their expertise with other academic staff members as part of supervisor development activities.

Find out more on Graduate School Prizes

Information Services Staff Excellence Awards

These annual awards recognise individuals and teams who excel in project work or their day-to-day roles.

Find out more about Staff Excellence Awards

Innovation Awards

These annual awards recognise the value of innovation and enterprise at Kent, and showcase successful collaborations with partner businesses and organisations.

Categories include Early Career Research Enterprise, Impact Through Knowledge Exchange, ICE (Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise) Award, Most Innovative Staff Project, External Innovation Champion(s) and Student Knowledge Exchange.

Find out more about Innovation Awards


The PRIDE Award recognises Kent Hospitality staff who go out of their way to deliver excellent customer service. PRIDE stands for ‘Personal responsibility in delivering excellence’ and staff can be nominated by other University staff, students and visitors. The award is made four times a year in March, June, September and December and the winner receives £100 shopping vouchers, certificate and badge.

Find out more about PRIDE Awards

Promotions and Salary Awards

Our continuing success is underpinned by the personal growth and career achievements of our staff. The University has a number of ways to recognise the outstanding performance and contribution of staff - through promotion, additional increments, one-off payments or team awards. 

Visit the 'Promotions and Salary Awards' section

Research and Innovation Awards

These annual prizes showcase the extraordinary range of ground-breaking research and innovation across the University. 

Categories include: 

  • Advanced Research
  • Consolidator Research
  • Starting Research
  • Innovation and Enterprise Collaboration
  • Early Career Knowledge Exchange
  • Public Engagement with Research NEW FOR 2019
  • Technical Support.
Find out more about Research and Innovation Awards

Staff Excellence/Customer Services Awards

Estates Department's monthly Staff Excellence Award recognises staff for exemplary performance, support for their teams and upholding the department’s core values. 

The monthly Customer Services Award is presented to an Estates staff member or team for professional, courteous and considerate handling of customers.

Both these awards are open to nominations from colleagues in Estates and across the University and each of the winners receives a £20 Amazon voucher.

All winners of the Staff Excellence and Customer Service Awards are entered into the Staff Member of the Year Award, chosen by the Estates Senior Management Team for outstanding commitment to the department. The winner receives a £100 Amazon voucher and the runner-up is given a £50 Amazon voucher.

Find out more about these awards

Teaching Enhancement Small Support Awards (TESSAs)

Teaching Enhancement Small Support Awards (TESSAs), introduced in 2017, aim to support colleagues in enhancing teaching, learning and the student experience. 

TESSAs offers funding of between £500 and £3,000 per award and are available to staff in academic schools and professional service departments.

Up to £5,000 is available for large, high-impact, collaborative awards operating across schools and ideally in more than one faculty, or across schools and professional service departments.

Find out more about TESSAs

Teaching Prizes

Teaching Prizes are awarded each year to individual staff or teams for their outstanding work in teaching and/or learning support. Prizes include Faculty Teaching Prizes, worth £5,000 each, and the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support worth £5,000. Nominations can be made by any member of staff, usually in May, and the awards are presented in October.

Find out more about Teaching Prizes

Vice-Chancellor's Cup

An inter-departmental competition, run by Kent Sport, for staff of all abilities to encourage them to keep active in a fun way. The competition runs every year from January to September and includes a variety of sports and challenges, from volleyball and frisbee to a school sports day and pub quiz.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Cup
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