On Thursday 10 November we have an exciting first for the University; the inaugural Discovering Excellence Staff Awards.
Voted on by staff and students, the awards are designed to celebrate and recognise individuals who have made a difference to the people around them.
We received more than 200 nominations – a terrific response rate for the launch year –highlighting amazing work, some of which has previously gone unseen and unsung. We will be telling you all about this work following the ceremony.
The event is being hosted at our Stamford Court conference centre in Oadby, and to carry on the celebration of all that is great about the University, it will be hosted by Lukwesa Burak. Lukwesa is an alumna of the University and has presented on Sky News, Al Jazeera and the BBC.
I’m delighted to be able to share the full list of finalists below and wish them the very best of luck on the evening. Simply being nominated is a great achievement and deserves celebrating.
These people were selected for demonstrating respect and trust, for recognising the potential of their colleagues and helping them reach their potential.
Finalists: Phil Dalby, Colin Hewitt, Mandy Sands
Innovators strive to solve problems creatively. They have the confidence to try new things and learn from their mistakes in order to continually improve their service.
Finalists: Elizabeth Jennings, Hannah Simmonds, Stuart Wood
These people and teams have fostered a spirit of knowledge sharing and best practice, creating effective networks to break down silos and effectively collaborate.
Finalists: Athena Swan Teams, Field Biology and Ecology Teaching Team, Aimée Harrisonwild
Exceptional Team Member
These finalists demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude. They deliver on their promises while showing flexibility and responsiveness.
Finalists: Mercy Aylward, Dr Alison Dunkley, Lynne Howells
Colleagues selected for this category motivate, inspire and empower others to achieve their potential. They value knowledge and expertise while demonstrating integrity, honesty and transparency.
Finalists: Fredy Caballero, Professor Neil Chakraborti, Dr Laura Mongan, Dr Ross Parry
Student experience is one of major focuses and the nominees engage with students, showing a commitment to creating a culture of excellence in recognising and supporting a diverse range of student needs.
Finalists: Dr Steve Baker, Dr Sarah Lee, Becky Talbott
Our excellent academics demonstrate innovative practice, sharing their research and learning while contributing to the continuous development of our academic community.
Finalists: Dr Richard Blackburn, Dr Dylan Williams, Dr Graham Wynn
Having achieved wide recognition for their research, these academics demonstrate significant or novel results, seize opportunities for creative collaboration
Finalists: Dr Joe Henson, Effie Lai-Chong Law, Professor Martin Tobin, Professor Mark Williams and Professor Jan Zalasiewicz
These nominees either embraced innovative new technology to improve collaboration and communication, ways of working and the student experience or demonstrated innovative use of data to inform and enable effective decision making and improvements.
Finalists: Terese Bird, Andrew Gulley
Whether fostering a culture of valuing equality and advancing diversity or taking action to break down barriers to achievement, these nominees have shown a significant and measurable impact on improving staff equality.
Finalists: Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Professor Henrietta O’Connor, Dr Rhaana Starling
These staff have demonstrated an innovative approach to the University’s commercial activities which shows measurable impact on an economic, social or cultural level.
Finalists: Professor Mark Carr, Professor Alison Goodall, Professor Roland Leigh
Team of the Year
This award goes to a large team who have led a successful project in the past year.
Finalists: Clearing Team, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology Foundation Year Teaching and Development Team , Student Lifecycle Change Programme Team
Keep an eye on the staff webpages for the results on 11 November.
Kate Bradley – Director of Human Resources
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