THE University of Worcester has been shortlisted in six categories of the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards, including University of the Year, it was announced today.

The awards, known as the Oscars of Higher Education, celebrate the very best in UK Higher Education and its contribution to the wider society.

Worcester has been shortlisted for University of the Year based on the whole university approach consistently taken to inclusion, quality education, student achievement and democratic participation.

It has also been shortlisted for awards celebrating student support, local community contribution and international collaboration.

Meanwhile Dr Theresa Mitchell, from the university's Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been shortlisted for outstanding research supervisor of the year.

John Bateman, chair of governors at the university, said to be shortlisted was an "incredible achievement".

He added it is "testament to the outstanding work and achievements of so many people who strive to provide a first class university experience and to make a real difference to society".

University vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor David Green, said: "It has been a very positive year for the university, despite the challenging times."

The news comes as the university is also currently named in the final six shortlisted University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards and final three for Sustainability Institution of the Year in the Green Gown Awards.

Earlier this year it won the Guardian University Award for Internationalisation in recognition of its world-leading work in inclusive sport.

And was named number one in the UK for both Quality Education and Gender Equality in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) new global University Impact Rankings.

This achievement has led to the University being shortlisted for the Datapoints Merit award in the THE Awards.

The Times winners will be announced during a glittering awards evening in London on November 28.