The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was proud to acknowledge the achievement of many outstanding members of staff with our six award categories.
Both winners and runners-up were invited to attend our awards ceremony on Wednesday 28th September 2016 in the Teviot Debating Hall, where winners were announced.
A collection of photos below documents the afternoon and the achievements of many exceptional staff members.
All images by Douglas Robertston Photography (http://www.douglasinscotland.co.uk)
After the project, Marlies and Kristina were contacted by a group of young people (aged 10 to 18) from marginalised backgrounds, who had become aware of their work and wanted to work with the University of Edinburgh in order to challenge experiences of discrimination in their schools.
This led to the creation of the project 'Creating transformative partnerships: Making spaces for tackling childhood and youth inequalities', which involves young people as co-researchers and has led to over 160 interviews with other young people, highlighting the striking experiences of discrimination they face in schools.
The festival was highly praised and allowed visitors to gain insight into Arab Culture through live and scheduled workshops, speeches and seminars in poetry, storytelling, film screenings, food tasting and much more.
"It was a great pleasure to take part in the first ever Edinburgh Arab Festival. I was humbled by the organisers' efforts to achieve many events in a very short period of time, it was a testament of their commitment and hard work."
"When I started my PhD study in 2012, there were not many social/academic events for postgraduate students, and a lot of us felt quite isolated at the beginning. But, Muireann has co-organised or co-founded the LLC WiP seminars, LLC Blethers, the Journal Writing Week, and most recently the LLC Theories and Practices Seminars, through which we gradually formed a friendly and peer-helping community."
"The Dangerous Women project is a brilliant example of a project that is exciting, engaging and compelling while retaining intelligence and academic rigour. Posts are widely varied in terms of content, but not quality. There is a vigorous social media campaign to reach out beyond IASH's regular audience in the Twitterverse and that is highlighted by the discussions that emerge online after postings. Add to that the profile of some of the contributors - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Shami Chakrabarti, Nicola Sturgeon - and you have something shaping up to be quite extraordinary."
"Becky has generated a vibrant community around the blog, with numerous events such as writing retreats and a combined entertainment and educaitonal event for the 2015 UK General Election. It reflects her personal and intellectual qualities, her energy and commitment, and above all her ability to lead and inspire both her fellow students and also academic faculty."
Realising the importance to students of close collaboration with EUSA, she spearheaded SPS's PALS implementation, with her enthusiasm and dedication to the distinctive SD PALS scheme notably benefiting students from across the university, and strengthening and widening the SD community. Sue has been especially pivotal in the creation and subsequent successes of the UoE Sustainable Development Association: "Our two University Sustainability Awards would not have been possible without her consistent support and guidance."
"Sue is constantly innovating, trying out new things and thinking of new ideas to help SPS students”. Sue, realising that some students were having difficulties in settling in, worked with IAD on delivering new support mechanisms, and introduced new induction materials including new Freshers’ Packs. “Sue has unequivocally changed my experience at University for the better through her knowledge, engagement, and passion”
"Lauren started an academic journal in 2015, specifically to showcase undergraduate research. While many undergraduates produce exceptional scholarship, most do not get an opportunity to share their work with the wider academic community. Lauren's initiative in setting up and organising this journal is an instance of excellence in student support and development that sets an example to us all."
"One of the reasons we think Rebecca is worthy of this nomination is not just what she has accomplished but that she does so with positive good cheer and patience while managing a host of other duties. She makes sure her excellent work and dedication is passed on to others. As well as sharing her ideas and best practice with others in SPS through School SSO meetings, Rebecca was particularly good at sharing knowledge and expertise with new members of staff."
"Francine is honest and open; she includes her staff rather than excludes. She doesn't shy away from difficult conversations but likewise is sensitive to some of the challenges faced when the School has been/is in the process of significant transformation. She remains calm and positive under the multiple pressures of a busy and wide-ranging remit in addition to dealing with particular instances of potential stress and/or additional issues."
"She was supportive from the start, emailing me before I started to ask if I needed her garage to store my things as I was moving up from London. She has provided constant mentorship, not just for work related duties, but also my academic studies and job-seeking."
"I think 'outstanding leadership' is a perfect description of Katie's contribution, but also it must be noted that her leadership and organisational style is good-natured and cooperative, always making things happen smoothly by involving and coordinating people in an efficient, but relaxed and inclusive way."
"The culture within the wider Executive Development Team has developed over the last two years into a genuinely supportive, collegiate and integrated unit; which has delivered a consistent and very high quality customer service to all executive learners."
"The great strength of the Executive Development Team is that they understand both the faculty perspective and client aspirations. Their role transcends facilitation and is a crucial ingredient in the development of a successful product."
"A considerable amount of the team's extra time and effort goes into organising multiple events and includes a lot of unsociable working hours, including evenings and weekends as well as working late in the office."
"The team's meticulous organising, flexibility, level headedness and all round positivity in their approach to all that they do makes what are extremely complex projects run incredibly smoothly."
"It was great to get office experience in a sector I would ultimately like to work in, and to focus on a current project with current issues for my dissertation is something new and exciting."
"The team make a significant contribution to the life of the Graduate School and have energised and inspired those they work with - students, academics and administrators. Student reports evidence just how positive students feel about the support they receive from the team."
"What sets Professor O'Donohoe apart from her peers as an outstanding staff mentor is the quality and quantity of time and effort she devotes to the mentoring roles she performs on a day to day basis. Her door is always open, her advice is consistently measured, constructive and informed and her passionate commitment to developing and supporting staff at all levels (PhD through to grade 10) is clear for all to see and benefit from."
"Inger has always been highly supportive of my developmental needs, would always have an open door, and could always offer advice that was right and fair, and has taught me to be able to do the same."
"Inger has offered me a sound ear and institutionally solid advice, and helped me to develop into a strong and reliable source of advice for academics, administrators and students."