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Graduate School Prizes

 

Researcher | Supervisor |School Director of Graduate Studies | Administrator

 

The Graduate School was delighted to receive such a high volume of exceptional nominations for this year's Graduate School Prizes competition. Whether your nomination was successful or not, the Graduate School recognises the significant contribution made to the University of Kent by Postgraduate Researchers, Research Degree Supervisors, School Directors of Graduate Studies and Postgraduate Administrators across the University. We would like to thank you for all of your excellent work in support of postgraduate education and research at Kent.

 

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Winners!



 

School Director of Graduate Studies

Professor Donatella Alessandrini

Co Director Graduate Studies (Research), Kent Law School

“Donatella enables us as a community to pursue and give shape to our independent critical work… she is able to relate to and provide guidance on each of our projects and beyond. She considers us as peers and addresses us as ‘colleagues’.”

Mia Tamarin and Moritz Neugebauer, PGR reps and 2nd year PhD students

 

Research Degree Supervisor

Professor Nicola Shaughnessy

Director of Research, School of Arts

“Her supervisory practices and methods have undoubtedly contributed to the creation of a more inclusive environment for neurodiversity scholars and practitioners in the UK. Nickie’s work as Research Supervisor has had a tremendous impact on the PGR experience in Arts, for both students and staff.”

Dr Cecilia Sayad, School Director of Graduate Studies

 

Postgraduate Researchers

Humanities

Daniel Belteki, School of History

Research Title: A History of the Airy Transit Circle at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

“In his first term here he stood out from his peers… His attitude to his studies has been professional and thorough throughout...Daniel has played an important role in developing the postgraduate seminars that have been a feature of our research culture in the last few years.”

Dr Philip Boobbyer, Director of Graduate Studies, School of History

Sciences

Farhana Ferdousi Liza

School of Computing

Research Title: The Role of Context in Sampling-based Language Modelling.

“The contributions that Farhana is making to the School of Computing are outstanding and exemplary. Papers at the top tier AAAI conference are of the highest international quality… world leading experts value her research and publications.”

Dr Marek Grzes, Lecturer, School of Computing

Social Sciences

Nicole Brown

SSPSSR

Research Title: The Construction of Academic Identity under the Influence of Fibromyalgia

"She has proven herself to be exceptional in relation to her PhD research, her publications … her presentations and cognate contributions, the impact her work is having and also in terms of the tireless work she has done representing the student body since she arrived here.”

Professor Chris Shilling, Director of Graduate Studies (Research)

 

Postgraduate Administrators

Humanities

Francis (Frank) Mikus, Paris Centre Manager, European Centres Administration (Paris)

“His exceptional abilities across a wide range of activities…outstanding support and advice provided to the Academic Director...exceptionally effective deployment of social skills...remarkable abilities in managing complex networks...unusual breadth of academic vision...outstanding achievement in recruitment of MA students.”

Professor Peter Brown, Academic Director, Paris School of Arts and Culture

Sciences

Claire Carter, Postgraduate and Research Support Officer, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

“Her tireless work on supporting PhD students to cope with various serious issues….it is safe to say that our impressive completion rate and high overall satisfaction rate in PRES owe a lot to Claire.”

Dr Steffen Krusch, Director of Graduate Students (Research), SMSAS

 

Social Sciences

Sarah Marsh, Postgraduate Recruitment and Support Officer, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

“Sarah plays a huge role in the success of both the Centre for Child Protection and the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology. Sarah goes the extra mile with all the students…students continue to talk of her with great affection; a tribute to her exceptional work and huge ongoing commitment to providing excellent experiences for students.”

Professor Jane Reeve, Director, Centre for Child Protection Professor Alex Stevens, programme Coordinator, Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, Kalli Glezakou, SSPSSR Postgraduate Programme Manager

 



 

What are the Graduate School Prizes?

In 2018, the Graduate School introduced a series of annual prizes to recognise the excellence of its postgraduate researchers and the outstanding work carried out by academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

Any queries relating to the prizes should be directed to the Graduate School (graduateschool@kent.ac.uk).

General Information

The four categories and criteria for each prize are as follows:

  • Postgraduate Research Prize (one per Faculty)

  • Research Degree Supervisor (one per Faculty)*

  • School Director of Graduate Studies

  • Administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research

* Winners of the research degree supervisor competition would be entered as Kent nominations for the Times Higher Education ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ which normally has a deadline for applications toward the end of June. The winners of the supervisor prizes would be asked to share their expertise with other academic staff members as part of supervisor development activities.

The review panel includes the Dean of the Graduate School (Chair), the Associate Deans (Graduate Studies), the Director of Research Services (or his nominee), the Director of Corporate Communications (or her nominee) and the Head of Graduate School Administration.

Each of the prizes is worth £500.The financial prize takes the form of a transfer to the winner’s school, centre or departmental budget for the 2018/19 financial year and can be used for:

  • Travel and subsistence in relation to research including conference fees, books, consumables, survey costs or any other cost that can be shown to relate to their research.

  • Staff development courses and related travel and subsistence costs

2017-18 Nomination Process & Deadlines

Nominations are now closed. Information about the 2018-19 Graduate School Prizes will be announced in due course.

Call for nominations launched

March 2018

Deadline for nominations

18 May 2018

Panel meets to review applications

May 2018

Winners announced at the 2018 Postgraduate Festival and details of the winners disseminated widely by the Graduate School and Corporate Communications

18 June 2018

2017-18 Assessment Criteria

Postgraduate Researcher

Nominations for postgraduate research prizes should be based on a range of exceptional achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  1. Outputs e.g. publications and conference papers;
  2. Impact: this might include public engagement activities e.g. talks or exhibitions or engagement with non-higher education institutions e.g. placements/internships;
  3. Postgraduate Community e.g. action taken by the individual to support and develop the research culture and environment for postgraduate students in their academic schools or across the wider University.

 

The Graduate School will check that the shortlisted candidates are making satisfactory progression with their research degrees and that their supervision and progression monitoring records are up to date. 

The nomination must be accompanied by a statement of support from either

  • The School Director of Graduate Studies (Research) or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*If the nominator is providing the statement of the support then the School Director of Graduate Studies should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination.

Please contact the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

 

Research Degree Supervisor

Supervisor prizes will be given to an individual who has created a supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students. Nominations should be based on a range of exceptional achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  1. Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years (have students from a range of backgrounds been encouraged to pursue a doctorate? What have they gone on to achieve?)
  2. A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the nominee done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervisor?
  3. Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise.
  4. Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field.
  5. Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research.
  6. Providing supervision to an exceptional number of candidates over time.
  7. Offering constructive employment and career advice post-graduation
  8. Mentoring other supervisory staff members.

 

The above qualities are based on the THE guidance with the addition of point (viii) above. The Graduate School will check that shortlisted candidates all have up to date supervision and progression monitoring records for their research degree candidates.

The nominations should be accompanied by a statement of support. The statement of support should come from:

  • The Head of School or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*Please note that if the nominator is providing the statement of support then the Head of School should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination.

Please contact the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

 

School Director of Graduate Studies

The award for School Director of Graduate Studies will be made to an individual who performs all his/her responsibilities as outlined in the University’s Code of Practice of Practice for Quality Assurance. The successful nomination will demonstrate how the individual has gone above and beyond these responsibilities to create an exceptional environment for both postgraduate students and staff members working in support of postgraduate education and research in their academic schools or across the wider university. Nominations should be based on a range of exceptional achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  1. Development and introduction of new taught programme of study or research training with high levels of postgraduate student satisfaction.
  2. Increase in PRES and/or PTES scores as a result of the School’s strategy for responding to these postgraduate surveys.
  3. Mentoring and development of training for other academic staff members within the academic school or wider university.
  4. Strategy for attracting additional investment in postgraduate funding for the school which has achieved positive results.
  5. Development of national and international collaborative activities at postgraduate level which has enhanced the postgraduate student experience. This might include collaboration with either HEIs or non-HEIs.

 

The nomination for the prize of School Director of Graduate Studies should be accompanied by a statement of support from either

  • The Head of School or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*If the nominator is providing the statement of support then the Head of School should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination. 

The successful candidate must have been in the role of School Director of Graduate Studies during the 2017-18 academic year and in post on the date of the award ceremony in June.

Please contact the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

 

Administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research

This prize will be be given to an administrative staff member working in support of postgraduate education and/or research who is undertaking their role to an exceptional standard. Nominations should be based on a range of achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  • Development of initiatives in support of the graduate strategy of a school, centre or department which have had extremely successful results.
  • Design and implementation of administration systems which have improved the effectiveness of work undertaken in support of postgraduate education and research in their school, centre or department.
  • Exceptional support and guidance provided to Master’s students and postgraduate researchers.
  • Outstanding support and advice provided to School Directors of Graduate Studies and research degree supervisors.

 

The nomination for the prize of administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research should be accompanied by a statement of support from either:

  • The staff member’s line manager or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*If the nominator is providing the statement of support then the candidate’s direct line manager should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination. 

The successful candidate must have been in the role during the 2017-18 academic year and in post on the date of the award ceremony in June.

Any queries relating to the prizes should be directed to the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk.

 

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