Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2015-16: All the winners
Jun 14, 2016
The winners of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor Awards were announced as part of last Wednesday’s (8 June) hugely popular University Day – and what a day it was to recognise the efforts of our colleagues.
The sun was out, ice cream was eaten, and many enjoyed falling off the bucking bronco too, no doubt, which made it the perfect way to enjoy all of the University’s achievements this last academic year – Salford making the second highest improvement in the National Student Survey (NSS), and reaching its highest place in the Guardian rankings (83rd) since 2006, to name but a few.
With that, our colleagues have also experienced great deals of success over the last 12 months, and this has been demonstrated through the sheer quality of each application that was submitted for a VC award this year.
In fact there was an application increase of 50 per cent in each of this year’s categories; the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards (VCDTA), the Professional Services Recognition Awards, the Research Excellence Awards and the Harold Riley Awards for Community Engagement, which just goes to show how we all have a story worthy of an award. This certainly didn’t make the task easy for the judging panel.
All submissions were winners in their own rights, but here are the winners decided by from the panel just in case you missed the event…
In the VCDTA’s, Jacqui McKenna (Health Sciences - HS), Andrew Tootell (HS), Suzanne Waugh (Library) and Dr Christopher Murphy (Arts & Media) were all awarded for their individual efforts to teaching, with the E-Commerce, Consulting & Practice Module Team (Salford Business School - SBS - and Student Life) and the BSc Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Programme Teaching Team (Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences) announced as group winners.
Dr Stephen Parnell (Environment and Life Sciences) was awarded the Research Excellence Award 2015-16 for his research into emerging diseases with second prize going to the 'Fabulous Five’ Early Career Researcher Team (HS) for their promotion of a research community.
Within the Professional Services Recognition Awards, the Sports Centre Team, from Estates & Property Services, picked up the ‘2016 Winners in the Excellence in Customer Service’ category, whilst ‘Outstanding Team’ went to the SBS Professional Services Team. The winners of the Outstanding Project or Innovation category were the askUS Project Team, and Martin Williams was presented with the 2016 Chief Operating Officer’s Award.
The Harold Riley Awards for Community Engagement rounded up the ceremony with the User and Carers Partnerships Team picking up the final accolade on the day.
Many congratulations to all who won an award, and to those were also highly-commended: the Salford Association of University Administrators (Outstanding Team), the Santander Universities Project Team (Outstanding Project or Innovation), Thomas Edwards (Chief Operating Officer's Award), and Ursula Hurley (Harold Riley Award for Community Engagement), with special mention given to Beth Crabtree (Chief Operating Officer's Award).
We'll be sharing more information about all the awards, and reactions from some of our winners, over the coming days on US News.
Speaking of the VC Awards 2016, Professor Helen Marshall said: “I am immensely proud of all of my colleagues within the University. Through all of their hard work and determination, they make the University of Salford a great environment for our students to study at. I would like to congratulate all of those who submitted an application to the Vice-Chancellor awards this year, the quality has never been so high – and you are all winners in my eyes.
“With another academic year almost complete, I’m sure you will all agree with me in saying, we hope that 2016-17 is an even better year than last!”
Some of the winners, with their awards:
Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Awards
Research Excellence Awards
Professional Services Recognition Awards
Harold Riley Awards for Community Engagement