The University of Nottingham’s veterinary school has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards 2011.

The University of Nottingham’s veterinary school has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards 2011.

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham has reached the final stages in the Outstanding Admissions Team category.
The Nottingham admissions process is described as “unique in veterinary education”, and has been designed with consideration of attributes and qualities required of a veterinarian as articulated in the RCVS “Responsibilities of a Veterinary Surgeon”.

Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.The school’s admissions team has reportedly developed and enacts the selection process with a wide range of school and university staff, external veterinarians and secondary school teachers.
The initial stages of the selection process assess academic achievement and potential, and personal attributes demonstrating aptitude and motivation, using UCAS form information and a supplementary questionnaire. An assessment centre interview selects candidates who are academically able to cope with the course, motivated and possess insight into the implications of veterinary career and who have the potential to acquire personal skills expected of veterinarians.

The interview is conducted by a team of three – an academic, practising veterinarian and an animal (who contributes to an assessment of animal orientation). During a practical aptitude assessment, applicants deal with animal material and clinical information and are assessed on enthusiasm and aptitude including observational and analytical skills. A team working assessment, conducted in a group situation assesses the individuals’ ability to work with a peer group.
In 2009/10, the school received 1,780 applications, and more than 75% of offers opted for Nottingham as first choice. The average attainment on entry is 351 UCAS points (equivalent to between grades AAA and AAB at A-level). The school also impressed judges because it has a strong agenda for widening participation, assessing veterinary students by using a seven-point scheme: 34% of students are classed as from widening participation backgrounds and 35% students receive a bursary.

Meanwhile, while male students are underrepresented in veterinary admissions, 25% of Nottingham students are male, compared to 22% nationally.
Karen Braithwaite, sub-dean for admissions, said: “We are very pleased to be shortlisted for this Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Award. It is a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of all staff and students at the school associated with all aspects of the student recruitment lifecycle from secondary school talks, open days through to interviews and pre-arrival communication.

“With our first cohort of students due to graduate in July, we intend to conduct longitudinal studies to monitor the student performance on the course and post-graduation, and thus validate our selection criteria. However, it anecdotally appears that Nottingham has been able to recruit students who have a high retention and progression rate and lower stress than the norm.”
The awards, also known as the THELMAs, focus on the skills in management, administration, innovation, business and finance that enable universities to function effectively as large research and teaching institutions with thousands of staff and students.
The University of Nottingham has been singled out for excellence in student services, student admissions, knowledge transfer, finance, procurement and marketing/communications. Entries are shortlisted on the basis of excellent and innovative ways of working with potential to inform good practice across the sector, the ability to meet challenges effectively, improve performance over the year and improve both the student experience and the service to staff.
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on June 16.

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