Vca 2009

Congratulations to all Vice-Chancellor’s Awards winners of 2009 and the highly commended staff!

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics receiving the SBU of the Year award from the Vice-Chancellor

Strategic Business Unit of the Year

Winner in 2009: The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics

Highly commended: The Department of Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services plus The School of Law

About the award: This award is given to the SBU that has shown outstanding business performance and attainment in respect of the University’s Strategic Plan.


Jessica Sharkey and the Vice-Chancellor

Tutor of the Year

Winner in 2009: Dr Jessica Sharkey

Highly commended: Ms Nicole Duplain, Dr Peter Lovatt and Dr Anna Tripp

About the award: This will be awarded to a member of staff who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to, and achievement in, excellence in inspirational teaching.

Nominations in this category are submitted by our students.


Suzanne Gould

Enjoyment in work and respect for others

Winner in 2009: Mrs Suzanne Gould

Highly commended: Mr Colin Carter and Mrs Anusha Everson

About the award: This award is given to the person who has shown consistent passion for their work and made a marked contribution to the well-being of other members of the University Community.


The Bayfordbury team and the Vice-Chancellor

Providing an outstanding service

Winner in 2009: Bayfordbury Housekeeping Team

Highly commended: Mrs Karen Bailey and the Exams and Conferments Team

About the award: This award is given to the person who provides the kind of service that makes it a real pleasure to work or visit the University.

This could be an individual or a team.


Janes Simmonds and the Vice-Chancellor

Enhancing the quality of the student experience and the success of our graduates

Winner in 2009: Ms Jane Simmonds

Highly commended: Mrs Irene Anderson and Ms Scarlett Xiao

About the award: This award is given to the person who is inspirational and innovative in the way they put students first. They may have achieved outstanding success in:

  • fostering employability
  • improving pedagogy or the curricula
  • embedding sustainability
  • engendering multi-cultural understanding
  • contributing to the student experience in some other notable way

This could be awarded to an individual or a team.


Claire Dickerson and the Vice-Chancellor

Research supporting engagement with businesses and the professions

Winner in 2009: Dr Claire Dickerson

Highly commended: Mrs Mary Rees

About the award: This award will go to the person who has undertaken research which supports engagement with businesses or the professions through one or more of the following:

  • undertaking and exploiting new research
  • creating new knowledge that is disseminated, transferred and applied
  • knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer
  • achieving international standing in key research areas
  • shaping policy agendas

This could be awarded to an individual or a team.


Dr Karen Beeton and the Vice-Chancellor

Employability engagement with business and the professions

Winner in 2009: Dr Karen Beeton

Highly commended: Ms Cheri Hunter and the Business School Placement Team

About the award: This award is given to the person who has engaged creatively or innovatively with business or the professions through one or more of the following:

  • delivering accessible work-based education to employees
  • proactively engaging with employees to develop higher level skills
  • working with employers and partner institutions to meet the skills needs of regional businesses and professions
  • supporting lifelong learning among graduates and clients of the University

This could be awarded to an individual or a team.


Geraldine Ward and the Vice-Chancellor

Engagement with the community

Winner in 2009: Mrs Geraldine Ward

Highly commended: Mr Martin Russell

About the award: This award is given to the person who is sustaining significant engagement with the community through one or more of the following:

  • raising educational aspirations
  • promoting positive community relations
  • extending community activities in volunteering, sports and the arts

This could be awarded to an individual or a team.


Paul Kaye

Engagement with international and European partners

Winner in 2009: Professor Paul Kaye

Highly commended: Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn

About the award: This award is given to the person who has engaged with international and European partners through one or more of the following:

  • creating international partnerships to deliver new courses
  • collaborative research
  • knowledge exchange and research projects
  • business diagnostics
  • consultancy and solutions

Small Steps of Change

Winner in 2009: Mr Jerome Price

Highly commended: Mr Mohamed Farooqi and the Healthy Campus Team

About the award: This award is given to a member of staff or team of staff who have shown inspiration, imagination and innovation in identifying and successfully implementing small-scale change that enhances the ways in which we work and the success of the University.