The Education Awards

The Education Awards

We want to celebrate academic excellence and rewarding our Students, Staff and Schools for their continuing contribution to assuring and enhancing the quality of education and the student experience at Queen's.

Whether you’re a student or staff member, you can nominate yourself, another student or staff member for their hard work and support.

There are 15 awards available. Click the award titles below to see who's in the running!

Course Rep of the Year AHSS

Do you know a dedicated Course Rep who’s really made an impact this year? Perhaps they have:

  • helped make a specific change on your course or in your School
  • been an excellent representative and a voice for students
  • brought some creative ideas to your learning community
  • worked to foster a meaningful partnership between students and staff

If you’re not sure of your Course Rep’s name or email address, just contact studentvoice@qub.ac.uk 


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Shing Him Mak
  • Isabella Mc Laughlin
  • Sophie Merivale
  • Eilish Saunders

Course Rep of the Year EPS

Do you know a dedicated Course Rep who’s really made an impact this year? Perhaps they have:

  • helped make a specific change on your course or in your School
  • been an excellent representative and a voice for students
  • brought some creative ideas to your learning community
  • worked to foster a meaningful partnership between students and staff

If you’re not sure of your Course Rep’s name or email address, just contact studentvoice@qub.ac.uk 


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Luke Mc Sherry
  • Ras Okasili
  • Minu Beena Sisupal
  • Karen Gouck
  • Christina Thurston
  • Kirsten Rhoda Cottey

Course Rep of the Year MHLS

Do you know a dedicated Course Rep who’s really made an impact this year? Perhaps they have:

  • helped make a specific change on your course or in your School
  • been an excellent representative and a voice for students
  • brought some creative ideas to your learning community
  • worked to foster a meaningful partnership between students and staff

If you’re not sure of your Course Rep’s name or email address, just contact studentvoice@qub.ac.uk 


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Callum Sloan
  • Victoria Paice
  • Lydia Byrne

School Rep of the Year

Every School has one overall School Representative, along with the Institutes of Theology; Professional Legal Studies; and Global Peace, Security and Justice.

They play a vital role in the School and in the University, representing their School on Students’ Union Council, Academic Board, and chairing their Staff-Student Consultative Committee.

This is your chance to recognise all of their hard work and commitment! Has your School Rep:

  • championed the views of your School at Students’ Union Council or Academic Board?
  • worked hard to drive positive change to improve the learning experience of students?
  • collaborated with staff to address specific issues in your School?
  • been an approachable and efficient representative and a voice for students?

If you’re not sure of your School Rep’s name or email address, just contact studentvoice@qub.ac.uk 


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Ashley Scarlett CCE
  • Rachel Harris Law
  • Angela Rogan SSESW
  • Jason Bunting AEL

Peer Mentor of the Year

Peer Mentors are committed undergraduate volunteers who have chosen to dedicate extracurricular time and energy to becoming a key source of support for incoming students.

We think this is an amazing way for students to support one another and enhance the educational experience for new Queen’s students right from the get-go!

Why not nominate a great Peer Mentor you know? Perhaps someone who has:

  • shown commitment to the role throughout the year
  • been involved in events or schemes to help their mentees
  • been really enthusiastic, friendly, and approachable
  • used their own experience to inspire and encourage their mentees

Important note: This award is for formal Peer Mentors only. All nominee names will be sent to the Learning Development Service for verification.


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Stuart Brown
  • Georgia O'Kane
  • Leon Fong
  • Li Hao Yap

Superb Teaching or Teaching Support by a PhD Student

A big part of life for many PhD students is teaching; they might lead tutorial groups, teach sessions to undergraduates, or help out in the lab.

They are an invaluable resource to other students, staff, and the University as a whole – and we want to celebrate them!

Lots of PhD students are pretty new to teaching and have to balance this role with the rest of their studies – so there’s all the more reason to nominate someone you think deserves a big ‘well done!’ for their work this year.

We are looking for a PhD student who has:

  • approached teaching or teaching support with enthusiasm and energy
  • engaged students on their topic, perhaps using creative methods or innovative ideas
  • enhanced the learning experience of the students they teach or support
  • developed as a teacher and been an asset to their students and department 

The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Ryan Mc Fadden
  • Stephen Billington
  • Federica Pessagno
  • Matthew Kirk
  • Adedayo Akingbade

Personal Tutor of the Year

Every School has a network of Personal Tutors – staff with a special responsibility for their assigned students’ academic, personal, and professional development. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and work hard to help students achieve their very best. A wonderful Personal Tutor is:

  • approachable and easy to contact, who makes time to have meaningful conversations with their students
  • knowledgeable and efficient when it comes to pointing students in the right direction and supporting them in making their own decisions
  • observant and interested in how their students are getting on academically, personally, and professionally
  • a source of support, respect, and motivation

Important note: This award is for formal Personal Tutors only. All nominee names will be sent to their respective Schools for verification. 


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Prof Moyra Haslett
  • Prof Therese Murphy
  • Dr Gillian Prue
  • Prof Daithi Mac Sithigh
  • Prof Marie O'Neill

Excellent Use of Feedback

Feedback is one of the most important teaching tools; it helps us see what we do well, as well as showing how we can improve on our weaknesses.

Effective feedback can make all the difference to a student’s educational experience, and can transform every report, test, or meeting into an opportunity to learn more and take one step closer to achieving a goal. Do you know of a staff member who has made excellent use of feedback?

Has it been:

  • timely, thoughtful and comprehensive?
  • useful to you across your studies?
  • well-organised, personalised and constructive?
  • a pivotal part in helping you achieve a particular goal?

Remember that feedback can take many forms: notes on an essay, a one-to-one supervision meeting, constructive chats about an ongoing project, and many more!


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Dr Anne Holloway
  • Dr Kieran Conroy
  • Dr Steven Wilson
  • Dr Gill Plunkett

Most Innovative Learning Experience

We all know what traditional lectures look like – but we also know they’re not necessarily the only way to go about teaching and learning.

For this award, we want to commend staff who are using innovative methods and environments to enhance the educational experience of their students.

Perhaps you have a nominee in mind who has:

  • introduced a creative new way to engage students with their topic
  • used non-traditional methods to teach, whether in the classroom, in tutorials, or in the kinds of assessments they set
  • utilised new technology, software, or equipment to enhance their students’ experience
  • been inspired by the most cutting-edge teaching techniques

The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Dr Pedro Lacerda
  • Dr Eva Sweeney
  • Dr Chi Wai Chan
  • Dr Maryam Malekigorji

Most Inspirational Teaching

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

This is the big one – the highest teaching award we will present. The winner of this award will be truly exceptional, pushing their students to achieve and inspiring them as they go. This person will have many fantastic qualities rolled into one. They will be:

  • a wonderful teacher who is committed to their students and passionate about their topic
  • an excellent communicator, whether in lectures, through feedback, or one-to-one conversation
  • approachable and invested in their students’ wellbeing and attainment
  • a pillar of motivation and inspiration

Whether you’re a first year undergraduate, many years into your PhD, or a staff member here at Queen’s, we all know an extra-special teacher when we see one. You could be the one to submit a nomination to see their incredible work recognised!


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Dr Roman Wray
  • Prof Therese Murphy
  • Dr Ian Cantley
  • Dr Heather Johnson

Outstanding Contribution to Student Support

This special award recognises the individual who has worked especially hard all year to support students in achieving their best.

It could be a member of administrative staff in your School or another University department, a Personal Tutor, a member of academic staff, a member of staff who works in student services or guidance, or perhaps someone who helped during a placement or research trip. This person has:

  • been an invaluable source of support to student(s) in a particular way
  • enhanced the overall learning experience for student(s) at Queen’s through their work
  • made the link between educational experience and wellbeing, and worked to improve both

Remember that this list is not exhaustive – if you know of someone who you think deserves this recognition, go ahead and nominate them!

Please note: Only Queen's staff may be nominated for this award


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Dr Ciaran O'Neill
  • Dr Richard Williams
  • Janet Boyd
  • Rachel Brown
  • Will Plunkett
  • Dr Yassin Brunger
  • Donna Hyland

Best Module of 2018-19

Was there a module this year that was – simply put – fantastic?

Then we want to know about it! This is your chance to say thank you to the School, staff team, and students who all helped to make this module so special. Perhaps this module:

  • was filled with fascinating and inspiring content
  • was organised magnificently and ran smoothly all year
  • was taught by staff who were passionate, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable
  • contained methods of learning and assessment which were enjoyable and useful

If you’ve had an amazing year and can’t pick just one favourite module, don’t panic – you can always submit multiple nominations for this category!


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Linear Modelling (Maths & Physics)
  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • International Business Strategy

Equality and Diversity Champion for Education

Education is a dynamic force with room for representation from all kinds of people, works, and concepts.

The recipient of this award will be an individual – staff or student – who has worked to ensure that the core principles of equality and diversity have been represented and reflected in the learning experience at Queen’s.

This could mean:

  • working to ensure that all students have equal access to teaching and learning resources, regardless of their ability, age, caring responsibility, nationality, and so on
  • making a pro-active effort to diversify the curriculum being studied, so that viewpoints and ideas from different perspectives are included
  • committing time and energy to initiatives such as Athena SWAN or Women in STEM that seek to achieve gender equality in the academic world
  • coming up with creative ways to nurture diversity and create equality on their course, School, or wider learning community

To be announced on the day!

Exceptional Involvement in Education

Do you know someone who has truly ‘gone the extra mile’ this year?

Perhaps a member of staff has devoted extra time and energy to helping students with a project, or gone above and beyond to support a student reach an academic goal?

Or has a student you know of demonstrated such exceptional commitment to their research or studies that it has benefitted other students around them and enhanced the overall learning experience?

This award is for the person who sees education as more than just a 9-5 job or a chore to complete, and has become involved in more than just the basics of teaching and learning. We are looking for someone who has:

  • surpassed the basic expectations of their role and has been deeply involved in the educational experience on offer at Queen’s
  • spent extra time and effort to help students, whether academically or with an extra-curricular project, such as a competition entry or personal application.
  • been a source of support which has helped others achieve specific goals
  • has gone above and beyond to help students from our diverse community

The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Lucy Gault
  • Pupsa Dewi
  • Dr Teresa Degenhardt
  • Dr Pangiotis Manesiotis
  • Dr Clare Patton

The Queen's Partnership Award

Queen’s Students’ Union and the University have worked in partnership this year to bring you 'The Queen’s Partnership Project'. This project aims to enhance the educational experience by making sure the student voice plays a key role in every aspect of education.

This award can go to staff, students, or a team of both. We are looking for:

  • a person or team who/that demonstrates the following Student Partnership values: ensuring an open and constructive dialogue; ensuring mutual respect and responsibility; encourages students and staff working together as co-collaborators; and establishes agreed goals which result in visible change
  • a person or team who/that have gone above and beyond to ensure the student voice is at the forefront of their work (e.g. in an SSCC, as a student representative, a staff member in their teaching, or in developing their curriculum)
  • a person or team who/that have begun a Partnership Project of their own, which has truly brought staff and students together to enhance the educational experience

This is a brand new award to celebrate and recognise exceptional examples of partnership taking place in the University and Students’ Union.

This a very open award and we welcome a variety of nominations. If you would like more information on nominating a person or team for this award, please contact the Students’ Union Education Officer, Lucy Gault.


The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Kelsie Donnelly, Dr Rosalind Silvester, Prof Pedro Rebelo
  • Eleanor Trott, Julie Mc Candless

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