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2016 is a year of celebration for the University as we celebrate reaching our 50th anniversary as a University.  In this year of celebration, it is crucial for us to continue to celebrate the work and achievement of the staff who make Aston such a great place in which to work and study.  You all do amazing things on a daily basis and we want to be able to reward and recognise your achievements.  

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Aston Achievement Awards as follows:

Best Customer Service – Janet Carter (LHS/Optometry)
Best Newcomer – Dr Ray Carson (Aston Medical School)
Business Engagement and/or Innovation – Katie Fulcher (Careers and Placements)
Citizenship – Ahmed Hassan (Students’ Union)
Citizenship – Prof Tomasz Mickiewicz (ABS)
Contribution to the Community or Environment – Dr James and Sam Brown (LHS)
Enriching the Student Experience – Dr Christian McLening (EAS)
Idea of the Year – Ian Oldacre (Estates)
International Activities – Bhavisha Patel (LHS)
Learning & Teaching – Dr Raquel Fernández-Sánchez (LSS)
Professional Staff Member of the Year – Jane Farrell (HR)
Research (including Research Support) – Dr Richard Martin (EAS)
Unsung Hero – Malcolm Edwards (Sport Aston)
Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University – Helen Keef and the Cleaning Team (Estates)

The next call for nominations will be made in spring 2017.  For information purposes only, details of the nomination process, categories and further information can be found below.

The Aston Achievement Awards are simple to enter and any member of staff can nominate. The nomination process is shorter and easier to follow than in previous years, with a generic nomination form and brief guidelines for each award. There are 12 awards, and all awards are aligned to the 2020 Strategy.  In addition, nominations are also sought for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University.  Students can nominate for Best Customer Service, Enriching the Student Experience, and Learning & Teaching Awards.  

Please click the titles below for details of the Awards; a PDF listing all 13 awards can be found here.  It is imperative that you read the general information, which is provided to assist with the nomination process.  The nomination form should be used for all submissions. 

See a list of our previous winners here.

Recipients of this award will demonstrate a commitment to putting the customer first and going beyond that which might normally be expected.

This could be, for example: a significant one-off gesture or act; excellent customer service over a sustained period; work ‘behind the scenes’ that has made a significant difference to the way a team or area delivers outstanding customer service; or improving or streamlining a process to ensure customer service goals can be met.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: People & Values, Aston Graduates

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team

This award recognises a newly-appointed member of staff (new to role or to Aston) who, for example, has been pro-active in implementing better practice, has had a positive impact on their department or an area of work within the institution, or who has demonstrated an amazing aptitude for the role, in a short period of time (less than 12 months).

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: People & Values

Award can be made to individuals only

This award recognises staff who enthusiastically and imaginatively engage and/or collaborate with industrial, commercial or public sector partners, including knowledge exchange activities.  Consideration will be given to those who work directly with external partners as well as those who support these activities.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: Partnerships & Business Engagement, Reputation & Influence

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team

Recipients of this award help to create a positive working environment. Aston defines Citizenship as contributing proactively to the activities or working unselfishly and effectively to the benefit of the School, Department and/or University; getting involved and taking responsibility for making the right things happen, without being asked. 

It is likely that good citizens will demonstrate one or more of the Aston Values – trust, empowerment, engagement, innovation, ambition and learning and scholarship.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: People & Values

Award can be made to individuals only

This award recognises initiatives and activities that promote social, environmental, economic or cultural well-being of communities, whether here at Aston or locally.

This could include, for example, positive action that contributes significantly to the improvement, management or balance of Aston’s responsibilities in these areas; enabling people in our community to realise their potential and improve their quality of life; or demonstrating leadership in changing behaviour, which leads to developments in policy and approach.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Reputation & Influence

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team

Recipients of this award enthusiastically and imaginatively help to create a distinctive, high-quality and enhanced student experience here at Aston, and recognise and support the diversity of student needs.  This could be in relation to access, quality learning, global citizenship, employability and enterprise, success, and/or practical support. 

Consideration will be given to those who work directly with students and those who work behind the scenes to improve the environment students live and study in.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: Aston Graduates

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team

This award recognises staff who have initiated and implemented a project/idea which has been successful, and has had a positive impact on an individual area or the University as a whole.  This could include, for example, changes to practice, which produce greater efficiencies, reduce costs and/or workloads.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: Finance & Infrastructure

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team

Recipients of this award are actively and creatively engaged in international activities, which aid achievement of Aston’s international objectives relating to recruitment, partnership development and reputation.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: International Relations & Networks, Reputation & Influence

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team

This is a holistic award, which should take into account all areas of a person's role and responsibilities, and how their approach to work demonstrates their commitment to Aston and department/School.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: People & Values

Award can be made to individuals only

This award could recognise a promising early-career researcher, lifetime achievement or those whose role indirectly supports research, and recognises work which supports attracting, delivering, or promoting high-quality research or research impact.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: Research, Reputation & Influence

Award can be made to individuals only

Recipients will have been identified by students or members of staff as having made an exceptional contribution to learning and development, by providing an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience, which aids student achievement.  Evidence of activity and impact should be present and should come from at least three people. 

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: Aston Graduates

Award can be made to individuals only

This award recognises staff who make Aston a more welcoming community in which to work and study.  This could include those who maintain the campus, support others in delivering their roles, or whose function and activities are only widely noticed in their absence.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: People & Values

Award can be made to individuals only

This award:

  1. Is inclusive of all University roles and activities in Schools, Professional Services and all other areas, whether manual, technical, administrative, managerial, research, teaching or other academic roles. 

  2. Involves outstanding contribution over and above what is normally expected in the role.

  3. Celebrates excellence and innovation in any activity, including for example any support activity; community and volunteering; doctoral supervision; commercialisation and knowledge transfer; media and communications; internationalisation strategy.

Alignment with Aston 2020 Strategy: All

Award can be made to either an individual or to a group or team