2018 Winners of the Dean's Award

Dean's Awards

FST is proud to announce the 2019 Faculty of Science and Technology Dean’s awards, intended to recognise the excellent contributions of staff to the work of the Faculty in all areas of activity.

There are nine awards and the categories are as below: 

  • Science and Technology Researcher of the Year
    This award is for staff active in research with more than 5 years' experience (at Lancaster and elsewhere, post-PhD)
  • Science and Technology Early Career Researcher of the Year
    This award is for all staff active in research with less than 5 years’ experience (at Lancaster and elsewhere, post-PhD) 
  • Science and Technology Teacher of the Year
    This award is for staff with more than 5 years’ experience (at Lancaster and elsewhere, post-PhD) 
  • Science and Technology Early Career Teacher of the Year
    This award is for staff with less than 5 years’ experience (at Lancaster and elsewhere, post-PhD) 
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Faculty of Science and Technology
    This award is open to all staff to recognise excellence in leadership and/or citizenship 
  • Excellence in External Engagement and Impact in Science and Technology
    This award is open to all staff to recognise excellence around FST’s engagement agenda 
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience in Science and Technology
    This award is open to all staff to recognise excellent contributions to student satisfaction 
  • Science and Technology Team of the Year
    This award is open to all staff 
  • Science and Technology Professional Services Individual Contribution Award
    This award is for professional services staff (administrative and technical) 

Any student or member of staff can make a nomination, and nominations should be made using the FST Dean's awards nomination form. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31 July 2019 and nominations should be sent to the Faculty Manager

Nomination for a Science and Technology Dean’s Award does not prevent nomination for the University level staff awards - the Science and Technology awards are designed specifically to recognise contributions made within the Faculty of Science & Technology and are complementary to the University level staff awards. We would encourage nominations to be submitted for both sets of awards. 

Award winners will be announced at the FST Christmas Conference 2019 and award winners will be invited to an awards dinner in January 2020. 

Each Science and Technology Dean’s award is worth £500, with the exception of the team award which will be determined depending on the size of the team. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Manager, Sarah Sweeney

Click here to complete an online nomination form. All nominations must be received by 31st July 2019. Please return the form via email to Sarah Sweeney.

  • The application process
    • Nominations can be put forward by any colleague within the Faculty and are invited on behalf of the nominated colleague/s
    • The nomination must detail the case for the award, using the appropriate nomination form
    • The nominee must have given their permission for the nomination to be submitted
    • The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Wednesday 31 July 2019
    • Evaluation of nominations will be made by an awards panel, chaired by the Dean
  • Nomination criteria

    The focus will be on performance in the previous academic year; this should also reflect longer-term sustained track record and recognition in the case of the senior awards.

    Researcher awards

    Nominations should outline how and why the nominee is an outstanding researcher. It is important that you provide evidence to support the nominations. You may want to address some of the following areas:

    • Research funding success
    • Outstanding paper / outstanding publication record
    • High quality applied research that influences public policy
    • High quality applied research shown to impact and shape practices outside academia
    • Contribution to the research environment
    • Support for early career staff (for the senior award)
    • Outstanding international profile (for the senior award)
    • Excellence in research leadership (for the senior award)
    • Developing a major international research partnership (for the senior award)

    Teaching awards

    Nominations should outline how and why the nominee is an outstanding teacher. It is important that you include examples to support the nomination. You may want to address some of the following areas:

    • Responses to specific challenges
    • Innovative course design
    • Research stimulated exemplary teaching
    • Distinctive learning processes
    • Eliciting and engaging with student feedback
    • How the nominees support and influence student learning
    • Impact on employability
    • Dissemination of effective practice: within the university, outside the university, through publications or other mechanisms
    • Development of support materials for students (any media)
    • What is truly distinctive/creative about the teaching in class sessions and beyond
    • Creative and effective use of technology to enhance flexible learning opportunities
    • How is a good rapport with students created
    • External profile in the scientific community (for the senior award)
    • Developing major international teaching partnership (for the senior award)
    • The leadership of teaching practice/programme development (for the senior award)
    • Any other indicators of outstanding teaching

    Outstanding Contribution to the Faculty of Science and Technology award

    The outstanding contribution award is designed to recognise staff who have gone above and beyond in any aspect of their role, or who have had a significant positive impact on the Faculty as a whole. All staff are eligible for this award. The contribution can be in relation to any specific area of the Faculty’s activity, or for exceptional performance across a range of activities.

    Nominations will be judged on: 

    • Outstanding contribution over and above what is normally expected in the role. 
    • Excellence and innovation in work activity, including:
      • engagement with Lancaster and the local community
      • enhancement of the student and college experience
      • exemplary doctoral supervision
      • the active transfer and exchange of knowledge
      • making a key contribution to enhancing, celebrating, and promoting the Faculty’s national/international outlook
    • Activity that positively links to the Faculty Strategy in areas that include:
      • exemplary leadership
      • research excellence
      • enhancing the student experience
      • impact and engagement at a regional, national, and/or international level

    Excellence in External Engagement and Impact in Science and Technology

    This award is designed to highlight and reward truly outstanding and impactful research that has been undertaken by Faculty researchers, analysts, and academics. All staff are eligible for this award. The focus is on excellence in leading the external engagement agenda in science and technology. Delivery of outstanding collaborative engagement which supports long term impact from our research or teaching excellence. Development of new initiatives and programmes which support our engagement activity.

    Examples of excellent research impact may include demonstrable and significant effect on, change or benefit to the: 

    • Economy
    • Society
    • Culture
    • Public policy or services
    • Health
    • The Environment
    • Quality of life

    Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience in Science and Technology

    All staff are eligible for this award 

    • Developing, piloting and delivering new ways to enhance the student experience in science and technology 
    • Development of outstanding co-curricular activities in science and technology 
    • Excelling at student recruitment 
    • Making a real difference to the employability attributes of our students 
    • Internationalising the student experience 
    • Developing a strong sense of student identity and satisfaction 

    Science and Technology Team of the Year

    All staff are eligible for this award. Contribution can be in relation to any specific area of the Faculty’s activity, or for exceptional performance across a range of activities.

    Science and Technology Professional Services individual contribution award

    All professional services staff (administrative and technical) are eligible for this award. Contribution can be in relation to any specific area of the Faculty’s activity, or for exceptional performance across a range of activities.

  • Who assesses the Science and Technology Dean’s awards?

    The Science and Technology Dean's Awards Panel comprises the following membership:

    • Dean
    • Associate Dean UG
    • Associate Dean PG
    • Associate Dean Research
    • Head of Faculty P&BE
    • Faculty Manager
    • Faculty Technical Director
    • 2 x Head of Department
    • 1 x Director of Teaching
    • 1 x Director of Research
    • 1 x departmental professional services rep (superintendent/DO)
    • Director of Students, Education and Academic Services, or representative
  • Previous Winners

    The Faculty of Science and Technology Dean’s Awards winners 2018 are as follows:

    • Science and Technology Researcher of the Year
      Professor Jos Barlow
    • Science and Technology Early Career Researcher of the Year
      Dr Chris Nemeth
    • Science and Technology Teacher of the Year
      Dr Sandra-Ilona Sunram-Lea
    • Science and Technology Early Career Teacher of the Year
      Dr Nuno Bimbo
    • Outstanding Contribution to the Faculty of Science and Technology
      Dr Alan Collins and Professor Andy Binley
    • Excellence in External Engagement and Impact in Science and Technology
      Dr Alona Armstrong
    • Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience in Science and Technology
      Psychology Employability team - Rachel Beauchamp, Dr Calum Hartley, Dr Helen Nuttall, Pam Pickles, Dr Nicola Power and Heather Tomlinson
    • Science and Technology Team of the Year
      Recruitment, Conversion and Marketing (RCM) team - Lucy Blackburn, Catherine Dolan, Kirsty Holcroft, Skye King, Helen McAlley, Emily Reece, Gail Sheldrick and Nicola Wylie
    • Science and Technology Professional Services Individual Contribution award
      Katharina Kaduk