Winners of the 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Awards

Congratulations to all Vice-Chancellor's Awards winners and the highly commended staff!

SBU of the year

Winner:

  • School of Humanities

Highly commended:

  • Careers, Employment and Enterprise
  • Hertfordshire Business School

Colleague of the year

Mrs Jill Lees - HR Manager Development (Human Resources)Winner:

  • Mrs Jill Lees - HR Manager Development (Human Resources)

Highly Commended:

  • Miss Karen Grant - Student Wellbeing Administrator (Dean of Students Office)
  • Mrs Hajnalka Handler - Head of Marketing Group, BA Marketing Programme Tutor, Principal Lecturer in Marketing (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • Ms Virginia Rosenfeld - Principal Lecturer (School of Health and Social Work)
  • About Colleague of the year 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff who has markedly and consistently enhanced the wellbeing of other staff in the University through their enjoyment in work and their promotion of a culture of mutual respect and confidence.

    About Mrs Jill Lees:
    Jill is an inspirational line manager who's created an environment in which her team can really thrive.

    She believes in chances for everyone and gives people the space, support and encouragement to aim high.

    Jill's energy and commitment make her a role model for hard work and self-motivation.

    She's focused on ensuring her team provide the best possible service to the University, but approaches this with a leadership style based on collaboration, trust, flexibility and humour. No matte how busy she is, she'll always take the time to support anyone who needs help.

    Jill has delivered important successes with both the School of Education and our research community and is an excellent example of what true courage and determination can accomplish.

Excellence in Community Engagement

(Emeritus) Professor Alan Davies - Professor of Mathematics (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)Winner: 

  • (Emeritus) Professor Alan Davies - Professor of Mathematics (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)

Highly Commended:

  • Mr Paul Upson - UHArts Film and Marketing Manager (UHArts)
  • Ms Lynn Bhania - Senior Lecturer (School of Education)
  • About Excellence in Community Engagement 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team of staff who have undertaken innovative or creative, sustained and significant engagement on behalf of the University with our local, national or international communities leading to positive social, cultural or economic benefits.

    About (Emeritus) Professor Alan Davies:
    Alan has dedicated his free time to bringing mathematics to all audiences, especially schools where provision is stretched.

    He's a local and national outreach phenomenon who has established a great reputation for the University.

    Alan has run masterclasses on Saturday mornings since 1993. In that time, around 1,000 school students have passed through the programme.

    He also goes into schools to run regular workshops for years five to thirteen, using material he's developed himself.

    In just one year – and he's been doing this for over 20 – he gave a key stage two demonstration that reached 700 students, ran a maths enrichment day attended by 650 students, taught 400 students about the Greek Legacy in mathematics, and worked with 350 more at a celebration of primary masterclasses – and this is all without mentioning running engineering masterclasses too.

    He's given his popular talk The Physics of Superheroes over 60 times.

Excellence in Engagement with Business, Industry and the Professions

BA (Hons) Film and Television Department – School of Creative Arts (Lyndsay Duthie, Andrew Parker, Lucy Brown, Kim Walden, Kim Akass, Dominic Fitzgerald, Howard Berry)Winner:

  • BA (Hons) Film and Television Department – School of Creative Arts (Lyndsay Duthie, Andrew Parker, Lucy Brown, Kim Walden, Kim Akass, Dominic Fitzgerald, Howard Berry)

Highly Commended:

  • Mrs Susan Murray – PG Programme Tutor (School of Engineering and Technology)
  • Mr David Dell – Lecturer (School of Engineering and Technology)
  • About Excellence in Engagement with Business, Industry and the Professions 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team of staff who have undertaken innovative or creative engagement with business, industry or the professions that has secured significant benefits for the University, its staff, students or graduates.

    About the BA (Hons) Film and Television Department:
    This year the Film and Television team won a prestigious award at the Royal Television Society for best student drama.

    This highly competitive award has put our relatively young course firmly on the map as a destination for the next generation of filmmakers.

    The team achieved an outstanding DHLE report, with 90% of students engaged in placements with top companies such as the BBC, ITV, and Shepperton Studios.

    They engaged with major brands like BMW, Britvic, and Monarch, and established a £10,000 scholarship programme with Warner Brothers Studios.

    The course will again be a partner institution at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, and has sponsors including ITV, the BBC, ITF, Avid, and Warner Brothers.

    Guest speakers have included the British Board of Film Classification, Ofcom, the BFI and BAFTA award-winning directors, producers and actors.

    Applications for the programme are up threefold – over some 700 applications for some 56 places.

Excellence Engagement with International Partners

Ms Isabella Colafrancesco - Vice-President Student Activities (Hertfordshire Students' Union)Winner:

  • Ms Isabella Colafrancesco - Vice-President Student Activities (Hertfordshire Students' Union)

Highly Commended:

  • Mr Alan Delliston - Head of UK and International Collaborations (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • Mr Michael Rosier - Associate Dean (Development) (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • About Excellence Engagement with International Partners 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team of staff who have undertaken innovative or creative international partnerships with institutions, enterprises or government agencies that have enhanced the University's reputation as the UK's leading business-facing university and/or have supported the internationalising of the curriculum and developed the global awareness of our students.

    About Ms Isabella Colafrancesco:
    Bella's work developing international partners has massively enhanced the international reputation of the University in the realm of sport – an area where we previously had limited engagement.

    She's held a variety of international student representative roles, including British female student delegate for the 2014 International University Sports Federation Forum in Gwangju, South Korea. She is a member of the British Universities & Colleges Sport International advisory group and student commission member for the European University Sports Association – of which she's now Vice-Chair.

    At Gwangju, Bella presented on the drinking culture within university sport, addressing more than 200 delegates from 80 countries.

    She highlighted our good practices and has shared these with other national university sports federations and institutions.

    She has also taken responsibility for the European University Sports Federation's media and communications, providing our students with international journalism, relationship building and leadership opportunities.

Excellence in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research

Particle instruments and Diagnostic Research Group – School of Physics, Astronomy and MathematicsWinner:

  • Particle instruments and Diagnostic Research Group – School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics (Professor Paul Kaye, Dr Richard Greenaway, Dr Edwin Hirst, Dr Warren Stanley and Dr Chris Stopford)

Highly Commended:

  • Dr Daniel McCluskey - Senior Research Fellow (School of Engineering)
  • About Excellence in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team of staff who have engaged in interdisciplinary research collaborations with global partners to develop ideas, products, or processes that address key social, economic cultural, scientific or environmental challenges, and which informs teaching, business, the professions, our community, or partners.

    About Particle instruments and Diagnostic Research Group:
    This team has pioneered technologies based on interdisciplinary and collaborative research with a diverse range of business and research partners.

    Their groundbreaking work spans applications for climate and environmental monitoring, as well as hazardous aerosol detection, and commissions are currently coming in from all over the world.

    Academic and governmental organisations from the UK, the USA, Europe, and Japan are asking the Group to develop advanced instruments.

    This growing commercial licensing of the Group's outputs, both at home and overseas, really is an exemplar for our internationally renowned business-facing University.

Excellence in Learning and Teaching Innovation

Mr Dominic Bygate – Learning and Teaching Specialist (Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre)Winner:

  • Mr Dominic Bygate – Learning and Teaching Specialist (Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre)

Highly Commended:

  • Mr Daniel Berger – Lecturer (School of Law)
  • Mr David Campbell – Senior Technical Officer (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)
  • About Excellence in Learning and Teaching Innovation 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff who inspires and supports their colleagues in the development of their teaching practice, through innovative learning, teaching and assessment activities supporting the development of problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, fostering research-rich teaching, creating an inclusive learning environment, or engendering international awareness and social responsibility in our students.

    About Mr Dominic Bygate:
    As an expert in technology enhanced learning, Dominic helps individuals and teams develop flexible learning approaches.

    He's led well over 50 workshops, but it's his commitment to continuing support which really distinguishes Dominic.

    He has a remarkable way of introducing pedagogically appropriate technologies and helping individuals feel confident in using them.

    Dominic's sense of humour and consideration for everyone's point of view make it a joy to work with him.

    His thoughtful approach inspires and challenges colleagues to develop their learning and teaching practice, while his excellent change management expertise helps individuals work through problems and identify solutions.

    Dominic also provides much-appreciated support to the Associate Deans in the Business School and the School of Computer Science, empowering them to influence change to enhance the student learning experience.

Excellence in Research

Professor Fabrizio Schifano – Chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Hon Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical School, Hon Consultant Psychiatrist (Addictions) (School of Life and Medical Sciences)Winner:

  • Professor Fabrizio Schifano – Chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Hon Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical School, Hon Consultant Psychiatrist (Addictions) (School of Life and Medical Sciences)

Highly Commended:

  • Dr Hazem Matar – Senior Research Fellow (School of Life and Medical Sciences)
  • Dr Jacqueline Stair – Senior Lecturer in Analytical Sciences (School of Life and Medical Sciences)
  • About Excellence in Research 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team* of staff who have engaged in research and developed ideas, products, or processes that address key social, economic cultural, scientific or environmental challenges and which informs teaching, business, the professions, our community, or partners.

    About Professor Fabrizio Schifano:
    Fabrizio's groundbreaking research has brought the University international recognition and assured our standing as world leaders in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

    His work has improved the capability of professionals in managing clinical cases, informing policy developments and raised awareness of risks – contributing to reducing drug related mortality.

    Fabrizio is a Member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and Chair of the Specialist Advisory Group on Psychiatry for the European Medicines Agency.

    He has received and coordinated highly competitive European Union Commission-funded grants in excess of two million Euro.

    This has involved collaboration with Europol, Interpol, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Since joining us, Fabrizio has authored over 60 original papers in peer-reviewed journals. One of these, published in World Psychiatry, was one of the top 5% ever tracked by the Altmetric system.

    His research is regularly quoted by major news organisations and debated at conferences worldwide.

Excellence in Teaching and Student Engagement

Mr Daniel Berger – Lecturer (School of Law)Winner:

  • Mr Daniel Berger – Lecturer (School of Law)

Highly Commended:

  • Dr Andrew Clutterbuck – Pro Vice-Chancellor (UK Education Partnerships) (Office of Vice-Chancellor)
  • Ms Sofie Mallick – Senior Lecturer Marketing and Enterprise, Lead Academic GCU (Herfordshire Business School)
  • About Excellence in Teaching and Student Engagement 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team of staff who have shown outstanding achievement in respect of the following: inspirational and innovative curricula and/or pedagogy with high quality, flexible, intellectually challenging, and research rich teaching which supports the development of the creative, professional and entrepreneurial attributes valued by employers.

    About Mr Daniel Berger:
    Daniel has had a tremendously successful first year as a full-time lecturer. He is loved by his students and provides excellent professional and pastoral support. His co-curricular activities – Mooting and the War of Words – are hugely popular, engaging hundreds of students, enhancing their experience and helping create a vibrant community within the School of Law.

    The mooting module has seen over a hundred students participate in external competitions, sharpening their skills and winning many rounds. It's transformed mooting at Hertfordshire into something of a phenomenon and enhanced the image of both the School and University.

    Daniel came up with the idea for the War of Words module and has developed it on his own, engaging more than 500 students across the School's courses.

Providing an Outstanding Service

Mrs Ruth Marsh – School Administration Manager (School of Computer Science)Winner:

  • Mrs Ruth Marsh – School Administration Manager (School of Computer Science)

Highly Commended:

  • Mrs Tina Pruden – Executive Assistant (Office of the Vice-Chancellor)
  • Ms Linda Twine – Welfare Advisor (Hertfordshire Students' Union)
  • Capital Projects – Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services (Mathew Brewster, Ken Boreham, Richard Keenan, David Gilder, Ray Bateman, Chris Waters (residencies), Hugh Adams, Katherine Mayfield)
  • About Providing an Outstanding Service 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff or team of staff who goes beyond the call of duty to deliver excellent customer service for either visitors or colleagues.

    About Mrs Ruth Marsh:
    Ruth is the School Academic Manager for Computer Science and is completely committed to the University.

    She always has a smile on her face and goes out of her way to support her team.

    Following the retirement of an experienced colleague, Ruth's team have relied on Ruth to take on extra work to keep the school running smoothly and make sure students didn't suffer.

    In addition to her own job, Ruth took on all the responsibilities of a full-time student administrator, seeing her team through its busiest times and showing amazing dedication and genuinely outstanding service.

Tutor of the year – Student nominations

Dr James Collett – Principal Lecturer (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)Winner:

  • Dr James Collett – Principal Lecturer (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)

Highly Commended:

  • Dr Brilliant Mhlanga – Senior Lecturer (School of Humanities)
  • Daniel Berger - Lecturer (School of Law)
  • Ciara Meehan - Senior Lecturer (School of Humanities)
  • About Tutor of the year 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of staff who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement, provided excellence in inspirational teaching.

    About Dr James Collett:
    Jim is an outstanding lecturer whose unique style and enthusiasm makes every lesson enjoyable, engaging and fun – while still challenging his students.

    His lectures mix informality with a real professionalism, encouraging students to ask questions and become immersed in their subject.

    Whether he's explaining an interesting application of a concept or observations of astronomical phenomena, his fascinating gadgets give students the chance to experience physical processes first hand.

    This practical approach lets them apply complex theories, developing a lasting understanding of what they've learnt.

    Jim leaves a lasting impression on every student he meets, whether they've been taught by him or not. He really is an extraordinary, kind, and caring man.

Outstanding service in support of students  (non teaching)

HBS Student Development Programme – Hertfordshire Business School (Dileeka Fernando and Nathan Ghann)Winner:

  • HBS Student Development Programme – Hertfordshire Business School (Dileeka Fernando and Nathan Ghann)

Highly Commended:

  • Mr Matthew Welch – Principal Technical Officer, Film and Television (School of Creative Arts)
  • Mr Sean Howlett – Volunteer and Societies Co-ordinator (Hertfordshire Students' Union)
  • About Outstanding service in support of students 2015

    About the award:
    Awarded to a member of the non-academic staff who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to and achievement in, excellent service in support of students.

    About HBS Student Development Programme:
    Dileeka and Nathan have been amazing in helping students through the development programme, generously sharing their time, knowledge and experience.

    They work full-time for the University alongside their postgraduate studies but still find the time and energy to mentor other students, helping them raise their expectations and to achieve their potential.

    Their tireless commitment and support has inspired and motivated many students, enabling these students to strengthen their study skills and overcome personal barriers.

    Many of them tell us they couldn't have achieved the grades they did without this fantastic support.

Jamie Stone - Alumnus of the Year 2015Alumnus of the Year

  • Jamie Stone



Environment team of the year

  • Butler Hall team - Environment team of the yearButler Hall Team