The University of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart, has been crowned higher education’s most inspiring leader at an awards ceremony on Tuesday.

The winner of the award will be announced on the 24th April. Photo: The Linc.

The title, awarded by The Guardian Higher Education Network, saw Stuart compete against Vice Chancellors from Brighton, Kings College London and Aston University.

In a speech, Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor said: “What a privilege it is to work with the people of Lincoln – this is for you, it’s not for me.”

Meanwhile, Lincoln SU President Kudzai Muzangaza said on Twitter that “congratulations are in order” when the result was announced.

“Absolutely well deserved recognition to a fantastic Vice Chancellor,” he said.

Following the publication of the shortlist last month, judges said the professor “has never lost sight of what the university is about, its mission and widening participation.”

“A post-92 institution that gets a gold in the Tef should gain recognition – especially its leader.”

A full list of winners from the awards ceremony can be found on The Guardian‘s website.