Tim Marshall, chief executive of Janet, said, "Shared services are at the heart of the transformational government agenda. This award recognises Janet as an exemplar of the real benefits that a successful shared service can deliver to both its customers and the tax payer."
Professor David Eastwood, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said, "The higher education sector has a long established record of shared services in many areas, including computer networking, the applications process and data collection.
"This award demonstrates the sector's commitment to efficiency savings and enhanced services through the use of technology to link universities and colleges in the UK and overseas."
Birmingham City Council won a transformational government award in the same awards event.