Queen's Students' Union Education Awards


Queen's Students' Union Education Awards

We want to celebrate academic excellence and reward staff, students and Schools for their contribution to assuring and enhancing the quality of education and the student experience at Queen's.

We are grateful to students for volunteering as School Reps, Course/Class Reps and Peer Mentors and we appreciate staff and Schools for listening to the student voicesupporting students and making positive changes as a result. 

We want to acknowledge the commitment and determination of everyone who is involved in this process and have 12 awards available.

Here's are the nominees who have made it through the initial round of shortlisting...

Student Award - Course Rep of the Year for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

The nominees are:

  • Chong Hong Kiat
  • Guy Poland
  • Lu Zhong Lau
  • Orlaith Feenan
  • Saad Almohammed
  • Shontel Johnson

This award goes to a Course Representative who has been an active member of their Staff Student Consultative Committee in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The winner of this award will have demonstrated commitment, passion and dedication to the role and they will have gone beyond the call of duty to help improve the quality of their course and represent the views of their peers at SSCC.

Student Award - Course Rep of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences

The nominees are:

  • Ben Collister
  • Lydia Quinn
  • Mark McDonnell
  • Matthew Harvey
  • Sapphire Duffy

This award goes to a Course Representative who has been an active member of their Staff Student Consultative Committee in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The winner of this award will have demonstrated commitment, passion and dedication to the role and they will have gone beyond the call of duty to help improve the quality of their course and represent the views of their peers at SSCC.

Student Award - Course Rep of the Year for the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences

The nominees are:

  • Andrew Turner
  • James Millar
  • Mohammad Bayan
  • Niamh O’Kane
  • Resham Qureshi

This award goes to a Course Representative who has been an active member of their Staff Student Consultative Committee in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. The winner of this award will have demonstrated commitment, passion and dedication to the role and they will have gone beyond the call of duty to help improve the quality of their course and represent the views of their peers at SSCC.

Student Award - Peer Mentor of the Year

The nominees are:

  • Connie Leong
  • Sarah Clendinning
  • Simon Gibson
  • Tung Yee Chong

This award recognises the Queen's Undergraduate Peer Mentor who has demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm, commitment, approachability and encouragement in their role of helping new first year students settle into university life. Nominations will be on the basis of the mentor’s positive impact on individuals in the first year body and on their contribution to a welcoming, supportive and engaging School community.

Student Award - School Rep of the Year

The nominees are:

  • Conor Lee
  • Emma McErlean
  • Jason Kang Zheng Tao
  • Lucy Gault
  • Mark McDonnell

This award recognises the School Representative who has had a strong impact on their School, the Institution and on their peers. They will have shown leadership to their Course Representatives and passionately represented their peers at Academic Board, Student Council and in their own School Committees. The individual will have been nominated on the merits of the work that they have carried out in order to improve the educational experience of students in their School and the wider student body.

Teaching Staff Award - Personal Tutor of the Year

The nominees are:

  • Dr Andrew Hamilton
  • Dr Anne Campbell
  • Billie Joan Rice
  • Professor Brice Dickson
  • Carolyn Moorhead
  • Dr Chris Gibbons
  • Dr Jaine Blayney
  • Dr John McKinley
  • Dr Mark Gardiner
  • Dr Meilan Huang
  • Dr Sarah Bowskill
  • Dr Sree Nanukuttan
  • Susan Carlisle

This award will go to an approachable and helpful Personal Tutor who has made an extra effort to ensure their tutees understand the value and role Personal Tutors have in their education. They will help tutees think constructively about academic progress and personal development and give them sound advice, information and encouragement that will help them achieve their goals

Teaching Staff Award - Best Feedback

The nominees are:

  • Professor Noemi Lois
  • Dr Aidan Thomson
  • Dr Alison Mackenzie
  • Dr Ashraf Ahmed
  • Dr Ciara Hackett
  • Dr Gail McConnell
  • Dr Iestyn Barr
  • Dr Jesús Martínez del Rincón
  • Dr Karen Rafferty
  • Lesley Emerson
  • Dr Neil Buchanan
  • Dr Neil Buchanan and Dr Karen Rafferty
  • Dr Shirley-Ann Hazlett

This award will go the teacher who has gone above and beyond to provide students with personalised, detailed and effective feedback which enables them to reflect and develop on their strengths and weaknesses. This teacher will place feedback at the heart of the learning process in a manner which is accessible and facilitates continuous guided learning.

Teaching Staff Award - Most Involved

The nominees are:

  • Aine Gallagher
  • Dr Chi-Wai Chan
  • Dr Clive Walker
  • Dr Eileen Murphy
  • Dr Jennifer McKinley
  • Johanna McMullan
  • Dr Thomas Field

This award will go to the staff member who has been substantially involved in student led activities at Queen’s. They will have shown outstanding support to student societies, peer mentors, course representatives or other student groups in their school and in the wider student community.

Teaching Staff Award - Most Inspiring/Motivating

The nominees are:

  • Dr Alison Mackenzie
  • Dr Brian McMaster
  • Dr Catherine Gander
  • Dr Chris Gibbons
  • Daphne Martin
  • Professor David Johnston
  • Dr Donal Mullan
  • Dr Eileen Murphy
  • Florence Mitchell
  • Dr Hans Vandierendonck
  • Dr Ian Cantley
  • Dr Jaine Blayney
  • Dr Jesús Martínez del Rincón
  • John McKinley
  • Dr Jude Stephens
  • Dr Katy Hayward
  • Lesley Emerson
  • Professor Malachy McEldowney
  • Dr Mary Dobbs
  • Dr Maurice Hall
  • Dr Mohsen al-Attar
  • Professor Noemi Lois
  • Professor Roger Woods and Dr Karen Rafferty
  • Dr Tess Maginess
  • Professor Thérèse Murphy
  • Professor Yvonne Galligan

This award recognises the lecturer whose passion and style of teaching motivates students to engage with the subject and inspires students to work hard and achieve their academic potential.

Best Student Staff Consultative Committee

The nominees are:

  • Arts, English and Languages SSCC
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Postgraduate SSCC
  • Computer Science SSCC
  • Dentistry SSCC
  • Law SSCC
  • Nursing and Midwifery SSCC
  • Psychology SSCC

This award will give special recognition to the School that shows the most support and engagement with their Course Reps and School Reps, listening to the views of students and implementing changes. The winning School will have demonstrated genuine collaboration in their effort to improve the quality of education they deliver.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Welfare

The nominees are:

  • Cat Rafferty
  • Conall Keenan-Reilly
  • Dr Finbar McCormick
  • Gwen Smyth, and the Residential Life Team
  • Hamsavani Rajeswaren
  • Jason Kang Zheng Tao
  • Jessica Elder
  • Professor Piers Hellawell
  • Sarah Wright

This person or team, staff or student, will have shown an outstanding dedication to student welfare and supporting students. This person or team will have promoted positive student wellbeing, recognising that academic achievement and progression requires inclusive support. They will have shown achievements in advancing and developing the support mechanisms in place, all the while, advocating for student need.

Employability Champion

The nominees are:

  • Dr Alastair Ruffell
  • Emma Lennox
  • Dr Laura Basell
  • Patricia Durkin

This award will recognise the staff member who has been the biggest advocate for employability and student development. The staff member will promote activities and external links which develop employability skills and prepare students for their professional life after university.

Judging Process Timeline

5pm, Mon 3 April - Nominations close.

Thurs 6 April - Initial shortlisting stage

Mon 10 - Wed 12 April - Panel members meet to judge the short submissions of those nominees who have made it through the initial shortlisting stage. The panel is made up of staff, students and Pro-Vice Chancellors.

5pm, Wed 10 May - Education Awards Ceremony Night where winners will be revealed!


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