The University of East London could be in line for two prestigious Times Higher Education Awards.

The facility’s work within the heart of the East End has been rewarded within the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community category.

The recognition comes after UEL’s Money Mentors and Money Champions programme - where students are trained up to offer budgeting and debt advice to schools and colleges - was put under the spotlight.

The Times’ accolade for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year could also arrive at UEL.

It received the thumbs up for the quality of its Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service.

Its key role is to host one-to-one and community events for those considering studying a degree.

UEL Vice-Chancellor Professor John Joughin said: “I’m very proud of the commitment that our staff and students have demonstrated in securing the recognition that they so richly deserve.

“Each of the two shortlisted projects exemplify precisely the type of innovative and pioneering activity for which UEL is so well known.

“Money Mentors is a project which enhances financial awareness among pre-university students and, as such, reaches out to our local community in collaboration with our partner organisations.

“Our Information, Advice and Guidance team also offers a fantastic service in providing access to HE for those who live locally and beyond.

“This work forms part of our mission. As London’s leading university for civic engagement, we have always been proactive on the issue of financial exclusion – for our students, staff, and the local community – for a number of years.”

UEL has teamed up with Birkbeck, University of London, to coordinate the IAG service.

The establishments share a space at UEL’s latest campus, University Square Stratford.