by Rob Barnes
, posted on 20 Apr '20

Do you Know Someone who Deserves a Postgrad Award? Nominate them Now!

We held our first Postgrad Awards in 2019, and weren’t at all surprised to see how many talented, hard-working and amazing people there are in HE, or how many of their colleagues, students and teachers were so keen to share their achievements.

Our Postgrad Awards are back for 2020 and we want the celebrations to continue, so much so that we’ve even added a new award to celebrate the Best PG Student Experience Initiative. So, do you know a teacher, supervisor, student or even an entire department or faculty that’s deserving of an award?

Read on to find out why our judges chose our 2019 winners, and be inspired to make your nominations for 2020.

Masters Teacher of the Year

Kevin Coward - Director of MSc in Clinical Embryology, University of Oxford

"I've won awards before, but always at a local level within the University of Oxford, this is a much bigger level so I'm truly honoured." - Kevin on hearing the judges’ feedback.

Kevin was nominated by lab manager, Celine, who detailed the extensive work that Kevin has put into design and develop the MSc Clinical Embryology at University of Oxford. Our judges chose Kevin as Masters teacher of the year and said "Kevin is a committed and passionate teacher who builds long standing relationships with his students. He creates life-long impact on his students and is an innovator in learning strategy."

PhD Supervisor of the Year

David Fletcher - Deputy Director of Doctoral Programmes, Loughborough University

"Just to hear you're nominated and shortlisted is fantastic, but to hear you've won, I am lost for words!" - David on hearing the judges’ feedback.

Six of David’s current and former PhD students came together to showcase David’s sustained and outstanding support of PhD students in Sports and Performance Psychology at Loughborough University.

The judges thought David has an "innovative approach to supporting students and a real commitment to creating employment opportunities."

Masters Student of the Year

Thomas Ovenden - Masters in Environmental Forestry, Bangor University

"To hear someone completely removed from the project praise it like that is amazing, really lovely to hear." - Tom on hearing the judges’ feedback.

Tom recognised his achievements after publishing his Masters research project data in an international journal and self-nominated, however for this year’s awards we’re not allowing self-nominations and would encourage you to ask a peer to submit a nomination for you.

Our judges crowned Thomas the winner and said "very few Masters students can claim to have made real world impacts during their Masters Degree, but Thomas, whose Masters was his first experience of higher education, achieved national press coverage for his project to reintroduce the Lynx into Scotland."

PhD Student of the Year

Bethan Rogoyski - PhD in Cancer Prevention, University of Leicester

"We all do what we do because we love it, so to receive recognition of that is really amazing." - Beth on hearing the judges’ feedback.

Bethan was nominated by an ex-colleague who outlined Beth’s research excellence during her PhD in Cancer Prevention at University of Leicester, including presenting her work at international conferences and mentoring her peers. The judging panel loved reading Bethan's application, and thought Bethan went "over and above her academic excellence, she is constantly finding new ways to inspire others in her field."

We hope our 2019 winners have inspired you to nominate someone who goes beyond what’s expected of them as a student, teacher or department. Nominate your worthy winner now.