Winners 2017

VCA awards dinner 2017



Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Awards.


Alumnus of the year

Nicki Combarro - Alumnus of the Year 2017Winner:

  • Nicki Combarro
  • About Nicki and her Award

    About Nicki Combarro:
    Nicki is the genuine embodiment of our values and our graduate attributes. Without a doubt, the dedication Nicki has shown to developing and supporting athletes in Hertfordshire and the UK is fully deserving of our recognition as Alumnus of the Year. View Nicki's profile on LinkedIn.

    About the Alumnus of the year Award:
    This award is selected from a designated panel who identified an alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the University in the past year.


Business Facing Impact

Andrew Aldridge - Contract Manager (Finance)Winner:

  • Andrew Aldridge -
    Contract Manager (Finance)

Finalists:

  • Thomas Baker - Senior Lecturer (School of Engineering and Technology)
  • Dr Karen Smith - Principal Lecturer - Collaborative Research and Development (School of School of Education)
  • About Andrew and his Award

    About Andrew Aldridge:
    Andrew has helped the University become a respected commercial institution through his passion for getting the best value, by forming long-term relationships with our partners and by enhancing our standing within the sector.

    About the Business Facing Impact Award:
    A broad understanding of the term business-facing was used when judging this category. For example, nominees may have modified their teaching in order to maximise its application to employment. Alternatively, nominees may have worked successfully with employers and professions, demonstrating the benefits to these external bodies of working with our university. Importantly, the Panel was looking for evidence of nominees impacting positively and enhancing the University’s reputation as a leading business-facing university.


Colleague of the Year

Jane Samson - DLHE Co-ordinator/ Careers Advisor (Enterprise and Business Development)Winner:

  • Jane Samson - DLHE Co-ordinator/ Careers Advisor (Enterprise and Business Development)

Finalists:

  • Greg Bowie - Infrastructure and Sustainability (Library and Computing Services)
  • Gavin Coombs - Head of Facilities Management (Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services)
  • Christopher Harman - Administration Officer - Student Centre (Academic Registry)
  • Caroline Lawrence - Senior Events Co-ordinator (Marketing and Communications)
  • About Jane and her Award

    About Jane Samson:
    Jane’s one of the friendliest people I know and always arrives with a smile on her face and a happy greeting. She has a wonderful personality and genuinely cares about the people within the service.

    About the Colleague of the Year Award:
    This year we have moved the focus of this award shifting our attention onto the attributes of the person rather than the job role that they perform. Nominees will likely be described as someone who goes the extra mile, who makes his or her colleagues’ lives easier and happier; and is considered a friend to many.


Contribution to the Local Community

Dr Allan Jepson - Senior Lecturer in Event Studies (Hertfordshire Business School)Winner:

  • Dr Allan Jepson - Senior Lecturer in Event Studies (Hertfordshire Business School)

Finalist:

  • Dr Erica Liu - Programme Leader (School of Creative Arts)
  • Herts Sports Partnership - John O'Callaghan (UH SPorts)
  • About Allan and his Award

    About Dr Allan Jepson:
    Allan works with a number of local charities. He opens students’ eyes to the possibilities of working in the sector and the benefits it brings to the community.

    About the Contribution to the Local Community Award:
    This year we are keen to take a broad approach in order to capture the full range of accomplishments of our staff in this category. As a result, nominations may be based upon a personal contribution, i.e. undertaken outside of work, in addition to nominations resulting from University of Hertfordshire work-related activities. So, for example, potential nominees may work as a volunteer, a sports coach, musician or school governor. Or, they are involved in a University-driven initiative. Either way, their contribution will have been positively received by the community.


Manager of the Year

Ewelina Roberts - Senior Student Administrator (School of Health and Social Work)Winner:

  • Ewelina Roberts - Senior Student Administrator (School of Health and Social Work)

Finalists:

  • Hajni Handler - Head of Marketing Group/Principal Lecturer in Marketing (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • Dr Helen Barefoot - Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre (Office of the Vice-Chancellor)
  • About Ewelina and her Award

    About Ewelina Roberts:
    It’s not often you have a line manager who’s as outstanding and friendly as Ewelina. She’s a credit to the School, not only because of the work she does, but also because of the person she is.

    About the Manager of the Year Award:
    In leading their team, nominees will have developed a positive environment, demonstrated strong leadership and achieved the key objectives set for the nominee and their team. Importantly, any individual that has a formal responsibility for other staff members qualifies as a nominee in this category. Further, nominees are welcomed from those who lead teams both large and small and operating at all levels of the University.


Professional Staff Member of the Year

Dale Murphy - Head of Security Services (Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services)Winner:

  • Dale Murphy - Head of Security Services (Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services)

Finalists:

  • Tope Bamgbelu - Careers and Placements Assistant (School of Engineering and Technology)
  • David Campbell - Principal Technical Officer, Bayfordbury Observatory (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)
  • Karen Conroy - Nursery Manager - Day (Dean of Students)
  • Wendy Figg - Contracts Officer (School of Health and Social Work)
  • Garry Goodwin - Senior Administrator/Hertfordshire Business School Timetabler  (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • Jo Hillman - Helpdesk Assistant (Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services)
  • Anthonia Offiah - Student Support Officer (Dean of Students)
  • Krishna Ruparelia - Principal Technical Officer (School of Life and Medical Sciences)
  • Chris Waters - Residential Services Manager (Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services)
  • About Dale and his Award

    About Dale Murphy:
    Dale’s presence during tricky situations ensures any staff or students are confident that everything’s under control.

    About the Professional Staff Member of the Year Award:
    The University wishes to acknowledge the whole spectrum of people working in the professional staff group. Accordingly, we are keen to receive nominations for our technical staff, those working in the estates and hospitality areas and for all other areas recognised as part of the professional staff group. This year, with 10 finalists, we have significantly increased the opportunity for the University of Hertfordshire to recognise the achievements of its professional staff.


Research Success of the Year

Deborah Ogbeni - PHD Student (School of Life and Medical SciencesWinner:

  • Deborah Ogbeni - PHD Student (School of Life and Medical Sciences)

Finalist:

  • CAR Exoplanets Team - Hugh Jones, Mikko Tuomi, Guillem Anglada-Escude (Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)
  • Food in Later Life Research Team - Wendy Wills, Chris O’Brien, Dr Angela Dickinson, Prof Sue Halliday, Dr Ariadne Kapetanaki, Tina Saunders and Julie Mace (Health and Social Work, Hertfordshire Business School, Research Office)
  • About Deborah and her Award

    About Deborah Ogbeni:
    Deborah has identified lead compounds that could be developed into a drug to prevent the spread of cancer. The drug has the potential to both slow down the progression of pancreatic cancer and make it more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

    About the Research Success of the Year Award:
    Nominees will have demonstrated research success that addresses social, economic, cultural, scientific and environmental challenges through one or more of the following:
    - Creating and developing innovative ideas, products and processes
    - Fostering and strengthening research with global partners
    - Supporting a research-rich environment that informs our teaching


Steps of Change

Lesley Glass - Head of Visiting Lecturer Development/ Principal Lecturer in Tourism (Hertfordshire Business School)Winner:

  • Lesley Glass - Head of Visiting Lecturer Development/ Principal Lecturer in Tourism (Hertfordshire Business School)

Finalist:

  • Jak Kimsey - Design and Media Officer (School of Creative Arts)
  • Content and Collections - David Peacock (Library and Computing Services)
  • About Lesley and her Award

    About Lesley Glass:
    Nothing’s too much trouble for Lesley. She thinks strategically around staffing issues and offers helpful solutions to fill gaps with her bank of visiting lecturers. She’s improved processes and we’ve seen positive results from these changes.

    About the Steps of Change Award:
    Nominees will have introduced change that has led to a noticeable improvement in a system, procedure or product at work. This category enables the University of Hertfordshire to celebrate the innovation and ingenuity at large in the University. Whether it is a large or small project, we will be looking to understand the steps taken by the nominees and the positive results achieved as a result.


Student Experience Impact

Nina Walker - Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice (School of Life and Medical Sciences)Winner:

  • Nina Walker - Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice (School of Life and Medical Sciences)

Finalist:

  • Valerie Brossier - Lecturer (School of Health and Social Work)
  • Peter Hanna - User Experience Consultant (Library and Computing Services)
  • About Nina and her Award

    About Nina Walker:
    Nina has a hugely positive impact on the student experience. She’s constantly and proactively looking for ways to improve things and regularly seeks feedback to correct problems.

    About the Student Experience Impact Award:
    All University of Hertfordshire staff impact the student experience as it encompasses all aspects of student life, ie. academic, social, welfare and support. Accordingly, this award should attract nominations from staff operating in a wide range of contexts. What will be key is how written nominations demonstrate how staff have positively impacted the student experience.


Student of the Year

Katie Dobson - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Engineering and Technology)Winner:

  • Katie Dobson - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Engineering and Technology)

Finalists:

  • Michelle Bieger - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)
  • Lukasz Bol - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Computer Science)
  • Michelle Botha - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Life and Medical Sciences)
  • Fiona Huynh - University of Hertfordshire student (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • James Junior Igbafe - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Creative Arts)
  • Claire Chok Mann - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Law, Criminology and Political Science)
  • Adam Murray - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Health and Social Work)
  • Apsatu Mustapha - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Humanities)
  • Erin Toll - University of Hertfordshire student (School of Education)
  • About Katie and her Award

    About Katie Dobson:
    Katie is one of our most talented engineering students. She’s a leading member of our Formula Student Team and makes an enormous contribution in championing the School and University as one of our student ambassadors.

    About the Student of the Year Award:
    Nominations for this award were made by each Dean of School who selected one of their students to go forward as a finalist. Nominees were evaluated by the extent to which they exemplify the University's graduate attributes.


Teaching Roll of Honour

Dr Malcolm StewartWinner:

  • Dr Malcolm Stewart - Academic Staff (Hertfordshire Business School)

Finalists:

  • David Allen - Academic Staff (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • David Bowes - Academic Staff (School of Computer Science)
  • Martin Bowman - Academic Staff (School of Creative Arts)
  • Ralph Camp - Academic Staff (School of Law, Criminology and Political Science)
  • Fumi Giles - Academic Staff (School of Humanities)
  • Anna Kennett - Academic Staff (School of Engineering and Technology)
  • Zoe McCarthy - Academic Staff (School of Health and Social Work)
  • Dr Niall McMullan - Academic Staff (School of Life and Medical Sciences)
  • Dr Benoit Vicedo - Academic Staff (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)
  • About Malcolm and his Award

    About Dr Malcolm Stewart:
    Malcolm has demonstrated excellence in his teaching and makes a difference to the educational experience of our students. Malcolm’s outstanding and consistent performance has been recognised through module feedback.

    About the Teaching Roll of Honour Award:
    Nominations for this award were made by each Dean of School who selected one member of staff to go forward as a finalist representing their school. Nominees will have received the very highest levels of module feedback from their students and will have demonstrated real success in the classroom.


Team of the Year

Document Services - Kim Virgo-Sheriff, Debbie Crudgington, Andy Sanders and Georgie ShepherdWinner:

  • Document Services - Kim Virgo-Sheriff, Debbie Crudgington, Andy Sanders and Georgie Shepherd

Finalists:

  • Herts Success - Simon Collins, Gillian Rance, Angela Thomas, Michelle Wakefield, Katie Hopkinson, Stephane Farenga and Lucy O’Shea
  • UH Nursery - Karen Conroy
  • About the team and their Award

    About Document Services:
    Document Services is a fantastic department that doesn’t get the credit it’s due. For such a small team, they’re always so helpful and often go above and beyond what’s required of them. The University would be lost without them.

    About the Team of the Year Award:
    Delivering a solid ‘business as usual’ service will not be enough to win this award. Rather, the winning team will be consistently delivering best practice, ready to innovate and keen to improve. With an enormous range of teams and activities, this category may attract a diverse group of nominations. Accordingly, achievements must be measurable, tangible and impressive.


Tutor of the Year

Steven Goulton - Lecturer (School of Life and Medical Sciences)Winner:

  • Steven Goulton - Lecturer (School of Law, Criminology and Political Science)

Finalists:

  • Maureen Brennan - Programme Leader (School of Life and Medical Sciences)
  • Sarah Snell - Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader (Hertfordshire Business School)
  • Dr Silvio Carta - Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader (School of Creative Arts)
  • Thomas Beary - Senior Lecturer (School of Health and Social Work)
  • About Steven and his Award

    About Steven Goulton:
    Steve has been a lot more than a lecturer to our cohort. His teaching methods are interesting and engaging and he always finds a way to make lessons enjoyable – even when topics seem boring!

    About the Tutor of the Year Award:
    This is a great opportunity for our students to engage in the VCA process. In short, this is a chance for students to acknowledge their favourite tutor by nominating them as their choice for tutor of the year.


External business partner

AltroWinner:

  • Altro
  • About Altro and the Award

    About Altro:
    Altro is a leading British manufacturer and supplier of premium flooring and wall cladding systems for construction and transport. The company is based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Visit the Altro website to find out more about our external business partner.

    About the External business partner Award: Awarded to an external business partner organisation that has demonstrated its outstanding support and engagement through its collaboration with the University.