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Westminster Champion Awards 2020

 

What are the Westminster Champion Awards?

As students at University of Westminster, you know what you want and need to make your university experience exceptional. UWSU and the University of Westminster developed the Westminster Champion Awards so that students can recognise the Champions across the Westminster community. There are 5 award categories and we received over 200 nominations from students and staff. The winners were chosen by shortlisting panels comprised of staff experts in the award area and student representatives including UWSU Sabbatical Officers and School Reps. The winners of each award can be found below!

 

Award Categories and Winners

 

1. Championing Educational Experience!

 

Awarded to the individual or team who:

- Has created the best educational experience for you. For example, a teaching moment, use of technology within the classroom, work as a PhD supervisor, excellent feedback, or supporting your self-learning

- Has gone out of their way to help assist your learning or understanding of your subject area

 

Winner: Dr Ioannis Christodoulou (Westminster Business School)

 

Check out our interview with Dr Ioannis Christodoulou here:

 

Highly Commended nominees:

Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan (College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries)

Dr Kalpana Surendranath (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Bradley Moon (Student)


 

2. Championing Liberation

 

Awarded to the individual or team who:

- Pushes the boundaries of student and/or staff understanding of equality and inclusivity - this could mean bringing attention to the diversity of Westminster to the forefront of their work with consideration of students and staff that self-identify in our Liberation groups of women, LGBTI and non-binary people, differently abled people, international students and staff and BAME students and staff.

- Incorporates and encourages intersectionality across all these groups into their daily work and the life of the university

- Actively challenge the University to become more diverse, more inclusive and more critical of historically dominant narratives such as colonialism and heteronormativity

 

Winner: Francesca Buckley (Student)

 

Check out our interview with Francesca Buckley here:

 

Highly Commended nominees:

Dr Saki Raheem (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)


 

3. Championing New Ideas

 

Awarded to the individual or team who:

- Has created an innovative project, research or idea which will enrich the University of Westminster and the entire university community, for example launched a new mentoring programme, or has launched something that significantly improved a service such as the library

- Have, through their brilliant idea, had a demonstrable impact on your student experience - their project or idea made a huge difference to you!

 

Winner: Dr Victoria Brooks (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

 

Check out our interview with Dr Victoria Brooks here:

 

Highly Commended nominees:

Dr Moonisah Usman (Professional Services

Stephen Ryley (College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries)


 

4. Championing Student Futures Award

 

Awarded to the individual or team who:

- Inspires you and encourages you to aim high and achieve your career goals and aspirations, they have encouraged you to think outside the box and not just follow the ordinary steps. For example, did they give you some one-to-one careers advice and inspire you to create a new style of CV or presentation that landed you that dream opportunity? Did a fellow student start a network to bring in industry leaders to talk about their careers?

- Provides opportunities for you to gain experience and skills which will benefit you with your future aspirations - perhaps they ran a brilliant careers workshop or introduced a placement scheme on your course?

 

Winner: MSc Global Public Health Nutrition teaching team (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

 

Check out our interview with Regina Keith (Course Leader) here:

 

Highly Commended nominees:

Dr Anastasia Denisova (College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries)

Donna Jodhan-Gall (Westminster Business School)

Abigail Swain (Professional Services)

Valerie Tchikhiaeva (Student);


 

5. Championing Student Wellbeing Award

 

Awarded to the individual or team who:

- Taken active steps to enhance student wellbeing, either by personally supporting you or championing projects to develop the Universities approach to student wellbeing - was there a fellow student or staff member that really guided you through a stressful time? Has a member of the university community introduced an event to the calendar that improved everyone's wellbeing and introduced some much-needed fun into an often packed semester of lectures and deadlines?

- Actively considers your wellbeing at the heart of their work or their daily life

- Actively engages students with relevant sustainable practices and promotes environmentally-friendly innovations in their field

 

Winner: Nicky Selby (Westminster Business School)

 

Check out our interview with Nicky Selby here:

Highly Commended nominees:

Clive Castillo (College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries)

Dr Michelle Geric (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Trish Gainford (Professional Services)

UWSU Cheerleading Team (Students)


 

Find out more

To find out more from the awards, including from the highly commended nominees, we will be releasing a booklet very soon.