2019 winners and shortlist

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Vice-Chancellor's Award 2019!

The categories within the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards aim to represent and celebrate the variety of skills and knowledge at the University.

Business impact award

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HBS Degree Apprenticeships
Winner

The HBS Degree Apprenticeship Team has successfully developed and delivered new programmes that have advanced our reputation with leading organisations, and generated almost £1m in revenue for the University.

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HertsHub Project Team
Shortlisted

HertsHub was designed and delivered in just three months and has been a fantastic success, making colleagues’ working lives much easier. A brilliant example of true collegiality and collaboration.

Member of University staff and student community

Tracey Wallis
Shortlisted

Since returning to HR in 2017, Tracey has effectively transformed our HESA data, tenaciously ensuring accuracy and attention to detail across hundreds of thousands of staff data fields, resulting in an improved staff-student ratio.

Student experience award

Member of University staff and student community

Behrad Vahedi
Winner

Behrad injects energy and enthusiasm into his role and has transformed the student experience. An outstanding lecturer and programme leader, he has introduced countless activities that have significantly increased student satisfaction rates.

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HertSquad
Shortlisted

HertsHub was designed and delivered in just three months and has been a fantastic success, making colleagues’ working lives much easier. A brilliant example of true collegiality and collaboration.

Member of University staff and student community

Stephanie Keegan
Shortlisted

Stephanie has supported hundreds of students and created a Buddy Scheme to help first-year students settle into life at the University.

Professional staff member of the year

Member of University staff and student community

Despina Lambrou
Winner

Despina has made a huge difference to the lives of her colleagues. Her drive and passion are infectious, and she has worked tirelessly to champion wellbeing initiatives.

Member of University staff and student community

Giorgos Gkizelis
Shortlisted

Giorgos has supported and developed our new technical apprentices, stepped up to provide outstanding leadership and supported hundreds of students. He has had a hugely positive impact on the student experience.

Member of University staff and student community

Melvyn Chong
Shortlisted

Melvyn is quick to respond and incredibly patient with everyone he works with, explaining everything clearly so they come away with better knowledge.

Research success of the year

Member of University staff and student community

Elizabeth White
Winner

Liz has developed a range of innovative research-based resources to support teacher training in hundreds of schools. This has had a tremendous impact on the profession.

Member of University staff and student community

Abigail Martin
Shortlisted

Abigail's research has led to the development of a 3D model human lung that can be grown in a laboratory. The technology allows scientists to test the effects of chemicals or particles that we might inhale.

Member of University staff and student community

Ian Munro
Shortlisted

Ian's technical contribution has had a direct and long-lasting impact on the quality of the University’s research into harmful airborne biowarfare threats.

Tutor of the Year

Member of University staff and student community

David Prowse
Winner

David is a fantastic tutor and amazing lecturer who is kind, helpful and genuinely cares about his students. His lectures are excellent and thought-provoking, and his workshops are engaging.

Member of University staff and student community

Natasha Khilji
Shortlisted

Natasha is a kind, dedicated and approachable tutor to all of her students. She offers amazing encouragement, is easy to talk to and is described as an inspirational teacher and leader.

Member of University staff and student community

Vijaiya Poopalasingham
Shortlisted

Vijaiya provides excellent guidance and is incredibly supportive, investing a lot of his time in helping students above and beyond the regular call of duty.

Manager of the Year

Member of University staff and student community

Alison Cain
Winner

Alison is a fantastic manager with remarkably effective leadership skills. She is someone who goes above and beyond to create a positive environment within the department.

Member of University staff and student community

Mimi Tessier
Shortlisted

Mimi is an outstanding manager who works incredibly hard, delivers consistently, lives the values and is determined to secure success for the School of Humanities after a period of change.

Member of University staff and student community

Rebecca Walker-Haynes
Shortlisted

Rebecca completely revamped the Recruitment Salaried team's processes so that they are efficient, reflective of customer needs and, most importantly, embrace our FACES values. She is truly a gift to the University.

Team of the Year

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Herts Sports Partnership
Winner

The award-winning Fit, Fed and Read programme has helped vulnerable young people from low-income families counter the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, social isolation and physical inactivity.

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BAME Student Advocates
Shortlisted

The BAME student advocates have done a great deal to address the attainment gap and make the university experience better for minority students. They are brilliant role models and are inspiring to staff and students.

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College Lane Residential Assistants
Shortlisted

The College Lane Student Residential Assistants are on call every night and weekend of the year to support students and help them feel safe and looked after.

Colleague of the Year

Member of University staff and student community

Pat Brown
Winner

Pat is a very special person. Not only does he make the place better by cleaning up after students after their nights out, he’s always helpful and comes up with ideas to improve the student experience.

Member of University staff and student community

Oli Ash
Shortlisted

Oli consistently works hard to ensure the needs of every staff member in the Student Centre are met. Going the extra mile is the norm for him.

Member of University staff and student community

Dr Pryank Patel
Shortlisted

Pryank is the embodiment of hard work and kindness. He continuously goes out of his way to support those around him and be a friend to everyone.

Teaching Roll of Honour

Member of University staff and student community

Nick Lovegrove
Winner

Nick has created an inspiring atmosphere and an industry-focused, research-rich environment that has really transformed our students’ lives.

Member of University staff and student community

Carrie Ricketts
Shortlisted

Carrie is quite simply one of the best lecturers in the School and students love her. She combines industry knowledge, a supportive teaching style and a dedicated approach to get great results.

Member of University staff and student community

Dr Charlotte Gautrey
Shortlisted

Charlotte is conscientiousness and collegiate, friendly and student-focused. Her excellent year-on-year module feedback results are evidence of her commitment to teaching excellence and to providing an exemplary educational experience.

Member of University staff and student community

Dr Christopher Lloyd
Shortlisted

Christopher has consistently proved himself a well-prepared, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher who has designed an innovative course and a unique Master’s level module.

Member of University staff and student community

Danielle Ramsey
Shortlisted

Danielle has embraced her role with enthusiasm, developing innovative teaching methods to inspire students to their very best results. Her passion for getting across all things paediatric is undeniable.

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Dr John Davies
Shortlisted

John has achieved the highest module feedback scores in the School this year. His students call him a wonderful and supportive lecturer who shows passion for his subject.

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Dr Nathan Baddoo
Shortlisted

Nathan is a well-respected international researcher whose outstanding ability to integrate research with teaching is one of his many great achievements. Many students call him their favourite lecturer.

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Pfavai Nyajeka
Shortlisted

Pfavai is one of the most dedicated and well-respected lecturers, whose hands-on approach and innovative delivery style helps students understand complex theoretical concepts.

Member of University staff and student community

Zaherah Saghir
Shortlisted

Although being a relatively new member of staff and early-career researcher, Zaherah has enthusiastically taken on responsibility for three modules. She is extremely well regarded by colleagues and students alike.

Student of the Year

Member of University staff and student community

Aoife Simpson
Winner

Aofie is one of our best all-round MPhys students. She consistently receives high grades, has won an award for her research and is committed to our outreach activities.

Member of University staff and student community

Aaron Ellis-Montoya
Shortlisted

Aaron has made a significant contribution towards improving student health and wellbeing. He’s passionate about de-stigmatising mental health and offers 'Peer to Ear' sessions for students to talk about their health concerns.

Member of University staff and student community

Alexandra Buckland-Stubbs
Shortlisted

Alex is a research student who goes out of her way to make a difference to undergraduates, giving up her time and sharing her expertise to inspire and mentor others.

Member of University staff and student community

Cage Boons
Shortlisted

Cage has been instrumental in leading on race equality issues within the School, working with staff to diversify the curriculum and setting up a BAME careers event.

Member of University staff and student community

Fiona Montgomery
Shortlisted

Fiona is an exceptionally dynamic, enterprising and proactive student. She rises to new challenges, takes on additional responsibilities wherever possible and always with a high level of professional integrity.

Member of University staff and student community

Libby Cole
Shortlisted

Libby demonstrates great curiosity, autonomy and confidence as a learner, and has been selected by the town council for a prestigious project celebrating the 70th anniversary of the world’s first commercial jet airliner.

Member of University staff and student community

Mitchelle Sanghvi
Shortlisted

Mitchelle has thrived in her academic studies while playing an instrumental role in supporting other students through a range of activities. She is an inspirational role model for students and staff a like.

Member of University staff and student community

Sumaiyah Jamil
Shortlisted

Sumaiyah's academic work has been exemplary during her final year following a placement where she made a significant contribution to the finance team at GE.

Member of University staff and student community

Victoria Singleton
Shortlisted

Vikki is a student of exceptional calibre and professional integrity. She exhibits intellectual curiosity and a zest for learning. She’s also an outstanding representative for her course and supports her fellow students.

External Partner of the Year

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Winner

The DSTL is a major strategic partner on many research, commercial and educational programmes. It has supported staff and doctoral students in their world-leading research into aerosol science and biodetection technology.

Alumnus/Alumnae of the Year

Member of University staff and student community

Alex Lowry
UK Alumnus/Alumnae

Alex has achieved remarkable success since graduating, setting up a legal advice consultancy and gaining more than £1m in funding to support women suffering from domestic abuse.

Member of University staff and student community

Sertal Barol
International Alumnus/Alumnae

Serter’s mobile financial technology products and services company, Mobven, has enjoyed phenomenal growth and was named as one of Turkey’s Fastest Growing Top 50 Tech Companies 2018.

Living the Values Award 2019

The ultimate accolade of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards is the Living the Values award.

This award celebrates an individual member of staff who is the epitome of our University values. Judged by the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive group, nominees will fully embrace the University values in all aspects of their role.

This year's winner was Senior Internal Communications Coordinator, Sarah Koniotes.

Sarah Konoites