School of Informatics

Areti scoops Outreach Prize

Senior Researcher and MSc/PhD alumna Dr Areti Manataki has won a coveted Head of College Prize.

Dr Areti Manataki
Dr Areti Manataki

Head of College prizes recognise and celebrate staff contributions that have made significant impact in the College of Science and Engineering.

In 2016, prizes were awarded in four areas: Outreach, Team, Inclusion and Diversity, and Lifetime Achievement.  The winning entry in each category will receive £500 and a trophy at a ‘Celebration of Achievement Lunch,’ 30 November 2016.

Outstanding calibre

In announcing the winners, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, said:

“The calibre of the applications was simply outstanding which presented the judges with quite a challenge to choose a winner – but choose we had to.”

The winners are:

  • Outreach – Areti Manataki, School of Informatics
  • Team – UG Teaching Review (Ken Sawin, Graham Stone, David Cavanagh, Julia Richardson, Richard Milne, Matt Bell), School of Biological Sciences
  • Inclusion and Diversity – Stephen Moggach, School of Chemistry
  • Lifetime Achievement – Brian Cameron, School of GeoSciences

Introduction to programming

Dr Manataki is proactive in encouraging young people, their teachers and parents to try their hand at programming by running introductory workshops in during Innovative Learning Week, Edinburgh International Science Festival, conferences and summer schools. She also runs a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called ‘Code Yourself! An introduction to programming,’ with a colleague at ORT University in Uruguay, that has attracted over 120,000 participants worldwide.

Professor Yellowlees told Dr Manataki, “Your work is truly inspiring.  Many congratulations and richly deserved.”

Useful links

Dr Manataki’s School web page

Head of College Prizes

Code yourself MOOC