Celebrating Leeds Partnership Awards winners

Winners of the Leeds Partnership Awards have been announced during a special event in Leeds University Union (LUU).

The winners were announced during an event last night (Monday 9 May)

The winners of the 2022 Leeds Partnership Awards gathered on the presentation evening.

After receiving a host of inspirational nominations for this year’s accolades, nominees gathered for a gala celebration, held in person for the first time in three years.

The annual Leeds Partnership Awards celebrate the achievements of staff and students who truly put into practice the Leeds Partnership – an agreement setting out our shared commitment to work together to support all aspects of our University community. From equality and inclusion to feedback and assessment, these prestigious awards recognise the people who go above and beyond in every area of University life.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, Professor Jeff Grabill, said: “I was heartened by the depth and the strength of the partnership, and impressed by a community of students and educators who value each other. 

“The generosity of everyone involved with regard to the time given and the thoughtfulness of the nominations reflects a strength of the University of Leeds, and a reason why we will continue to be successful in providing high quality, transformative learning experiences.

“Congratulations to all the winners and a special thanks to everyone involved in organising the Partnership Awards and making such a special and memorable evening happen.”

Even more inclusive

By being nominated for one of the prestigious Leeds Partnership Awards, staff and students are acknowledged for their successes outside of traditional markers, such as grades or performance reviews, adding to their sense of wellbeing and belonging at Leeds. 

Historically, the awards have always looked to celebrate the achievements of our staff and students, but in 2022 we’ve realigned them to be even more inclusive of all those in our community who contribute to making sure our students love their time at Leeds.

Meg Hodgkinson, LUU Education Officer, said: “The Partnership Awards have always been a special celebration of the hard work and dedication of staff and students across our community. But the developments this year to broaden involvement, to be even more inclusive and seek to recognise all those in our community who contribute to making sure students love their time at Leeds, take them to the next level. 

“All those nominated should be proud of the role they’ve clearly played in adding to the sense of wellbeing and belonging students have had this year, and how the winners have gone above and beyond inspires all of us.”

The winners

Listed below are the outstanding winners in each of the award categories:

  • Academic personal tutor/supervisor 

This category featured nominations for an exceptional Personal Tutor, dissertation, thesis or final year project supervisor who, through their passion and leadership, promotes academic engagement and a sense of belonging.  

Winner – Dr Danilo Mascia (Accounting and Finance, LUBS) 

  • Equality and Inclusion 

Nominations in this category recognise the efforts of people working inclusively, either in their everyday roles or through initiatives to create a sense of belonging.  

Winner – Dr Nadine Cavigioli (Lifelong Learning Centre)

  • Feedback and Assessment 

This category recognises commitment to our students by a member of staff, or group, who provide our students with an excellent experience in assessment and feedback.  

Winner – Dr Mohammed Faisal Ahammad (International Business, LUBS)

  • Global Award 

The Global Award aims to recognise excellence among those who have actively engaged in the promotion and maintenance of international or intercultural activities, education or competence.

Winner – Melanie Flynn (Earth and Environment)

  • Innovation 

The student, staff member or group who uses innovative methods and approaches to engage and excite others or solve problems.  

Winner – Jack Miller (LUBS)

  • Inspirational Teaching/Supervisor 

This category recognises the individual or group who continually inspires students, using their passion and dedication for a subject area to inspire others to develop their thinking and academic skills.

Winner – Dr James Worrall (Social Sciences)

  • Mentor 

Whether a Student Education Service (SES) staff member, academic, or a student, this person’s guidance and support has encouraged and nurtured others to develop their skills and prospects for the future, helping them to grow and progress, either personally or in their learning.

Winner – Dr Zlatko Papic (Physics and Astronomy) 

  • Outstanding Student Award 

This award recognises a student, or student group, who have volunteered their time to enhance the learning experience of their peers.  

Winner – Fadheelah Nadeem Yaseen (Dentistry)

  • Postgraduate Researcher 

Any registered Leeds postgraduate researcher who, while undertaking their own research, makes a significant impact on our learning and research community, or the wider world.   

Winner – Alexandra Holmes (Biological Sciences)

  • School Community Partnership of the Year 

This award celebrates meaningful change, developed in partnership with school staff and students. For example, working in partnership to listen to and act upon student voice initiatives, or the development of peer support within a school of faculty. 

Winner – The Mature Student Advisory Board, which consists of 15 student board members, together with Lauren Huxley (Staff Chair) and Laura Conroy and Paul Devlin (Co-Chairs, Mature Student Advisory Board)

  • Student Academic Representative of the Year 

The school, course, or postgraduate research representative who has actively worked in partnership with others to secure positive, student-led change that makes a real difference to students and staff.  

Winner – Emily Rathbone (Design)

  • Wellbeing 

This award recognises the partnership working across schools and services at Leeds. Nominations demonstrated how initiatives have involved students, and provided dedication to their wellbeing.

Winners – Cleaning and Catering staff (Estates and Facilities) and Sashenka Jones (History)

  • Overall Partnership Award 

This award is decided by the shortlisting panel, and given to the person or people whose work embodies the ethos of the Leeds Partnership and has an exceptional impact on our community.

Winners – The Faculty of Environment, with special recognition to Professor Alan Mackie, The Student Education Services Team, Dr Stephen Whitfield and Dr Lisa Marshall 

Full details about each of the categories can be found on the LUU website.

More in-depth profiles of each of the winners will appear on the For Staff website during the coming weeks. These will also be promoted via the weekly All Staff enewsletters and the Staff Twitter account.

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