Staff celebrated at University Awards

Staff celebrated at University Awards

A special awards ceremony to celebrate the work and achievements of University of Aberdeen staff was held in Elphinstone Hall on Thursday night.

The awards ranged from excellence in academia to outstanding service across the University’s various professional and support service teams.

The four overall award groups were:

The award winners were as follows.

Principal's Prizes For Research and Engagement

Outstanding Research Awards

Winner: The Marine Biodiscovery Centre, School of Natural & Computing Sciences
Professor Marcel Jaspars, Dr Rainer Ebel, Dr Hai Deng, Dr Jioji Tabudravu, Dr Wael Houssen, Dr Mostafa Rateb

Individuals at Early Stage of Career Development

Winner: Mr Mise Akura (School of Natural & Computing Sciences)

Individuals at Further Stages of Career Development

Winner: Professor Alison Avenell (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)

Public Engagement with Research Awards

Main Prize - Individuals at Further Stages of Career Development

Winner: Professor Marjory Harper (School of Divinity, History & Philosophy)

Runner-up: Dr Amy Irwin (School of Psychology)

Early Career Researcher

Winner: Dr Heidi Gardner (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)

Runner-up: Miss Josefine Bjorkqvist (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)

Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Sciences

Winner: Dr Gordon Fernie (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)

Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement

Winner: Professor Jane Geddes (Chair in History of Art, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy)

Development Trust Award for Philanthropy / Alumni Engagement

Winner: Ms Laura McQueen

Achievement of Impact for Early Career Researchers

Winner: Dr Fiona Rudkin (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)

Success in Engagement with Industry

Winners:

  • Dr Nick Schofield (School of Geosciences)
  • Dr Andrew Starkey (School of Engineering)
  • Professor Pieter Van West (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)
  • Professor Marian Wiercigroch (School of Engineering)

Principal's Awards for Excellence in Professional Services and Management

Excellence in Customer Service

Winner: David Cruickshank

Runner-up: Infohub

Excellence in Leadership

Winner: Tracey Innes

Runner-up: Gillian Matheson

Excellence in Partnership Working

Winner: Gillian Mackintosh

Runner-up: Clare McHattie

Excellence in Equality & Diversity

Winner: MacRobert’s Catering Team
Shirley Cooper, Fiona Levett, Muriel May, Marie Pattison, Wanda Petrie, Caroline Skene

Excellence in Sustainability

Winner: “In recognition of their contribution to energy and waste management”

Fraser Lovie, Rose Lyne, Clark Middleton, Christopher Osbeck, George Wilson, Tristan Wolfe

Excellence in Creativity & Innovation

Winner: “In recognition of their contribution to the Student Recruitment and Enquiries project”

Nishant Bhardwaj, Neil Birchmore, Darren Coutts, Leslie Fraser, Fiona Macmillan, Megan Mcfarlane, Lauriel Simpson, Fraser Smith, Mike Whyment

Runner-up: Online Team
Ian Clarke, Kirsten Ferguson-Jones, Gráinne Ferrigan, Eleanor Macdonald, Calum Ross, Anna Tawse

Rising Star

Winner: Marie Pattison

Runner-up: Yu Qi

AUSA and The University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Award

Best Undergraduate Lecturer

Winner: Gerard Hough

Best Postgraduate Taught Lecturer

Winner: Maria Sanchez-Ortiz

Best Supervisor (Postgraduate Research)

Winner: Adelyn Wilson

Best Support Staff

Winner: Melanie Viney

Funniest Lecturer

Winner: Ross MacPherson

Personal Tutor

Winner: Ben Martin

Most Accessible Lecturer

Winner: Heather Morgan

Mental Health Champion

Winner: Greg Gordon

Most Inspiring

Winner: Alexander Brasier

Principal's Teaching Excellence Award

Winner: Dr Derek Scott

Runners-up:

  • Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos
  • Dr John McKeown
  • Dr Tavis Potts

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: “This is a special event for the institution as we recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have developed effective and innovative practice in their respective fields.

“These achievements range from excellence in academia, to outstanding service across the University’s various professional and support services teams.

“I’m delighted we’re celebrating the excellent work done by so many colleagues, which was one of the key factors in our Scottish University of the Year 2019 award.

“I’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners; it’s great to see such a strong field of nominations across all of the award categories, which reflects the very high quality of our work here.”