Janet beat eight other public sector finalists to win the Shared Services category of the UK eGovernment National Awards 2007, presented at an awards ceremony in London this week
The award recognises 'proven shared services which have delivered effective services and efficiency gains' and was presented by John Suffolk, government chief information officer.
Tim Marshall chief executive of Janet(UK), commented: "I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Janet(UK).
"Shared services are at the heart of the transformational government agenda and something of a personal crusade.
"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.
"Driven by the exacting demands of research and higher education the features of the network are then able to be further developed and shared to meet specific needs right across the UK educational landscape".
Professor David Eastwood, chief executive of Hefce, said: "Congratulations to Janet on winning this prestigious award.
"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".
Professor Ron Cooke, chair of JISC, said: "Janet is a national and international success story and this award is testament not only to the hard work and dedication of its staff, but also to the efficiencies and economies of scale delivered through national approaches to network provision.
"On behalf of JISC, many congratulations to Janet for winning this well-deserved award."