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12 December 2019

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L-R: Rachel Squire, Julie Savill, Dr Stephanie Slater, Dr Sarah Hurlow and Professor Karen Holford.

The Team behind Cardiff Business School’s postgraduate teaching programme review has been recognised for its exceptional enhancement of the student learning experience at Cardiff University’s Celebrating Excellence Awards 2019.

The Cross-School, Professional Services and College group were represented by Dr Sarah Hurlow and Dr Stephanie Slater, from Cardiff Business School, Julie Savill, Senior Market Analyst at Cardiff University, and Rachel Squire, Marketing Manager for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and picked up the award at a celebratory event on 14 November at The Great Hall, Students' Union.

The awards celebrate Cardiff University staff who go the extra mile, across a range of award categories, and reward individual, team and collaborative achievements, recognising the contributions made by staff working in every area of the University's activities through a range of award categories that include:

  • awards for staff in Professional Services roles
  • awards for staff in Cardiff Academic roles
  • awards open to staff on any career pathway.

This year, 154 individual members of staff and groups of staff were nominated across 15 award categories.

In addition to the winners, the Team behind Cardiff Business School’s Community Day made the shortlist, alongside staff who championed environmental sustainability initiatives, excellence in service and excellence in teaching and scholarship too.

“A transformational set of programmes”

Reflecting on the achievements of her colleagues, Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: “I’m very proud of all our nominees because each was nominated because of the difference they have to the quality of life for students and staff by enhancing the student experience, staff wellbeing and environmental sustainability…”

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“It was excellent to see the CARBS PGT Programme Review Team - a collaboration of colleagues in professional services and academic staff from across the School, College and wider University – collect their award. They’ve worked intensively together to create a transformational set of programmes that will make a huge difference to the learning experience of our postgraduate students.”

Professor Rachel AshworthDean and Head of School

“Our exceptional people”

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Chief Operating Officer, Deborah Collins alongside Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen Holford.

The event was hosted by Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deborah Collins, Chief Operating Officer.

Professor Holford said: “It was a truly inspiring evening and I was delighted to co-host these awards which celebrate our exceptional people...”

Karen Holford

“Once again, we saw a wide array of brilliant work and I’d like to thank everyone who nominated a colleague, and congratulate all of the nominees and winners for their outstanding enthusiasm and excellence.”

Professor Karen HolfordProfessor

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our people across the University who make this a very special place to work and study.”

Deborah Collins said: “This was my first Celebrating Excellence experience here at Cardiff, and a fantastic event. I was so pleased to co-host the awards, and to recognise the outstanding work of so many of our colleagues...”

Deborah Collins, Chief Operating Officer

“I was particularly gratified to reward the excellence of our Professional Services staff. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees – you are a credit to yourselves, your Schools and Departments, and the wider University.”

Deborah CollinsChief Operating Officer
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Sara Pepper is the Director of Creative Economy at Cardiff University.

As well as the 15 awards, special recognition was given to Sara Pepper from the School of Journalism, Media and Culture who picked up the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University.

Find out all the winners and watch short films of finalists in each category.

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