About the Vice-Chancellor's Awards

The University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards marks the annual celebration of the accomplishments of our staff. It is a time for us to take a moment and celebrate the incredible hard work that our people do across the University.

Our people sit at the heart of our strategic plan, enabling us to move closer to achieving our vision of transforming lives.

Through nominations made by our staff and students, we recognise and reward the amazing work of those individuals and teams whose efforts show outstanding commitment to our strategic plan and exemplify our collective values.

Whether that’s through making small changes that have a big impact, publishing ground-breaking research, or being an exemplary tutor, all of our staff make a difference.

Watch our video below to see our Vice-Chancellor and his Deputy surprise our 2021 finalists.


Our staff are recognised across a range of categories:

  • Academic Staff Member of the Year
  • Business Impact
  • Community Contribution Award
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Living the Values
  • Manager of the Year
  • Professional Staff Member of the Year
  • Researcher of the Year
  • Student Experience Award (also nominated by students)
  • Teaching Staff Member of the Year (also nominated by students)
  • Team of the Year
  • Technical Staff Member of the Year (also nominated by students)

Read more about the criteria for each of our categories

Our judging panel

All staff and students can submit nominations across our range of categories. Once nominations close, they are sent to our judging panel which is made up of 29 judges from different Schools, Business Units, roles, genders, and ethnicities. All judges are required to complete unconscious bias training and must make their decisions against the category criteria and based purely on the nomination itself. The judges create a shortlist before meeting on the main judging day to make their exciting decisions on our finalists and winners.

Each category has three finalists, one winner, and sometimes a list of highly commended individuals who the judging panel wish to recognise.

Judges 2022  
Alex Best, Media and PR Officer, Marketing and CommunicationsJo Kay, Student Record Procedures and Training Manager, Academic RegistryRichard Matovu, Assistant Educational Technologist, Health and Social Work
Daniel Proctor, Assistant Director, Human ResourcesJodie Berry, Executive Assistant, EducationRobin Hill, Support Specialist, Library and Computing Services
Danny Graydon, Senior Lecturer (Screen) and
Context Lead for BA (Hons) Digital Animation,
and CPL for EBAC Brazil, Creative Arts
Jonathan Morris, Professor of Modern History, Office of the Vice-ChancellorRose Temblett, Student Records Procedures and Training Officer, Academic Registry
David Connell, Director, Herts Sports VillageKaren Barton, Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation CentreRupa Patel, Data Development Consultant, Library and Computing Services
Erica Lui, Programme Leader, Create ArtsLee Jerome, Principle Technical Officer, Life and Medical SciencesShane O’Mahony, Lecturer, Law
Fazana Farook, Senior Lecturer, EducationLiz Nolan, Director Research Office, Office of the Vice-ChancellorSharleni Inbanathan, Student Communications Manager, Marketing and Communications
Fiona Souter, Chaplain, Dean of StudentsMichael Chapman, Careers and Employment Officer, Enterprise and Business DevelopmentSharon Prince, Executive Assistant, Estates
Haleema Ahmed, Executive Assistant, LawOscar Zhou, Lecturer, HumanitiesTerry Wright, Assistant, Estates
Jacky Roberts, School Business Manager, Physics, Engineering and Computer SciencePfavai Nyajeka, Senior Academic, BusinessWei Ji, Physics, Principal Lecturer, Engineering and Computer Science
Jenny Harrington, Administrator, Human ResourcesRhiannon Ellis, President, Hertfordshire Students' Union 
Jenny Lorimer, Assistant Associate Dean, Health and Social WorkRichard Balawendar, Senior Lecturer, Business
In the 19 years I have worked here I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, many of whom I am lucky enough to call friends. The work I have done as co-chair of the VCA’s over many years has also allowed me to see first hand the breadth and depth of the incredible work our people undertake on a daily basis.

David Connell

Director (UH Sports)