The AULP Awards 2024

AULP is delighted to launch the AULP Awards, a brand new initiative designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of legal teams and professionals working in the Higher Education sector. The AULP Awards will provide an opportunity to highlight the excellence, innovation and dedication shown by legal staff working across HE and be a platform for acknowledging the exceptional talent within the sector.

Nominations for the AULP Awards 2024 are now closed.

We are pleased to be able to announce our shortlisted candidates for the AULP Awards 2024: Shortlisted Candidates 2024

Awards will be presented at the Gala dinner during the AULP Annual Conference in Loughborough in June 2024.


The award categories for 2024 are:


Best Newcomer Award

For an individual who has made a significant impact to their institution and who can demonstrate excellence in their contribution despite being new to the sector.

Eligibility: Open to AULP members who are new to the sector (<3 years), including apprentices, trainees, paralegals and qualified lawyers.

Best Newcomer Award Nomination Form


Team of the Year Award

For a Legal team (or sub team) that has gone above and beyond to deliver an excellent, value-added service to their institution.

Eligibility: Open to all AULP member institutions.

Team of the Year Award Nomination Form


Leader of the Year Award

For an individual in a leadership role (at any level) who is an inspirational leader, demonstrably making a difference to the development and wellbeing of their colleagues, while delivering first class legal support.

Eligibility: Open to all AULP members.

Leader of the Year Award Nomination Form


Collaboration and Innovation Award

For an individual or a team that has delivered a project, a change or an improvement in a collaborative and innovative way, working either with other service areas, supplies or external organisations.

Eligibility: Open to all AULP members, at either team or individual level.

Collaboration and Innovation Award Nomination Form


AULP Recognition Award

For an individual who has made a significant, long term contribution to the higher education sector through their leadership, specialism or excellence, over their career.

Eligibility: Open to all AULP members. Final nominees will be determined by the AULP Executive Committee but we are open to nominations from members. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted for this award.

AULP Recognition Award Nomination Form


Community Contribution Award

For an individual or a team that has made a significant contribution to their community – locally, regionally, nationally or professionally. We’d particularly welcome submissions which demonstrate a significant impact on EDI goals, the sustainability/net zero agenda or by undertaking pro bono work.

Eligibility: Open to all AULP members, at either team or individual level.

Community Contribution Award Nomination Form


Thank you to our sponsors for this year's awards, Eversheds Sutherland and Iken.



We are delighted to be supporting the AULP Awards. University legal teams play an essential role in the success of their institutions, helping them navigate a broad range of legal challenges in a complex and dynamic environment. The talent and hard work of AULP members deserves recognition.

Nicola Bennison, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland





Iken is proud to support the AULP Awards 2024. These awards will showcase the expertise and commitment of University lawyers and promote the importance of legal professionals in their institutions and the higher education sector more widely.

Stephen Wanless, Chief Commercial Officer, Iken




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