University Staff Recognition Awards

University Staff Recognition Awards 2016

University Staff Recognition Awards 2016

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 SUCCESSFUL NOMINEES!

The Awards In Brief

The University Staff Recognition Awards Programme is now in its seventh year.   The Awards Programme was developed following a review of similar programmes initiated in other universities in the United States, Canada and Europe.  In addition, committee members contributed to the development of the programme by drawing on their ideas and experience. Recommendations from the Selection Committee that adjudicate on the awards are incorporated into the programme annually.

In 2016, fifteen awards were available across six categories.  The Academic Council Staff Development Committee (SDC) seeks to ensure that the Awards Programme recognises a wide range of achievements by all staff at various stages of their careers. 

The five categories are as follows:

  1. The Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Equality and Welfare
  2. Impact Award
  3. Leadership Award
  4. Exceptional Citizen Award
  5. Enhancing the Student Experience Award
  6. Outstanding Colleague 

Detailed information on the Programme, Award Categories & Indicative Criteria, Nomination Procedure & Form and Selection Committee & Awards Ceremony are provided via the links on the left hand side.

The 2016 successful nominees [detailed directly below] along with all those nominated will be honoured at a formal ceremony, hosted by the President on Thursday, 6 October 2016.

 

Name

School/Faculty/Department/Unit/Research Centre

Award

Dr Aisling Parkes

School of Law

The Frank McGrath Perpetual Award  For Equality & Welfare

Ms Verdi Ahern

Student Experience Office

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

The staff of Disability Support Service  

Disability Support Service

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

Dr Anca Mustata

School of Mathematical Sciences

Exceptional Citizen Award

The General Services Security Team 

General Services Office

Exceptional Citizen Award

The staff of Student Records and Examinations Office 

Student Records and Examinations Office

Exceptional Citizen Award 

Mr Niall Dunphy

Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, School of Engineering

Leadership Award

Prof Louise Kenny

Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Leadership Award

Prof Martin Kinirons

Cork University Dental School & Hospital

Leadership Award

Dr Catherine Buckley

APC Microbiome Institute

Impact Award

Dr Eva McMullan-Glossop

School of Music & Theatre

Impact Award

Prof Michel Schellekens

Dept. of Computer Science

Impact Award

Ms Ciara McKernan

International Office

Outstanding Colleague Award

Ms Eleanor O’Connor

School of Sociology & Philosophy

Outstanding Colleague Award

Mr Michael O’Shea

School of Engineering

Outstanding Colleague Award

 

Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Equality and Welfare

Dr Aisling Parkes

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Parkes should be honoured with the Frank McGrath Perpetual Award For Equality & Welfare on the basis of the outstanding commitment and dedication provided by her in her role as Student Welfare Officer and Disability Liaison Representative in the School of Law.    The selection committee was particularly struck by the time and personal energy she has devoted to supporting students and the positive contribution she has made through giving so generously of herself to the welfare and wellbeing of Law students over the past number of years.   The committee are of the opinion that in devoting the time to becoming trained in positive psychology and coaching, she has made a significant difference to the lives of many students and in enabling them to effectively manage the challenges of student life.

 

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

Ms Verdi Ahern

The Selection Committee determined that Ms Ahern should be honoured with the Enhancing the Student Experience Award on the basis of her outstanding contribution, passion and advocacy of enhancing the UCC Student Experience.  The selection committee were particularly impressed with how she responded to the National Accommodation crisis and the development and execution of UCC’s action plan.  Her assiduous work throughout this crisis was above and beyond the call of duty and exemplified her determination to do whatever it takes to enhance the student experience.  Also of note is her signification commitment and contribution to UCC’s Alcohol Free Housing, for pioneering the concept of Living Learning Communities (LLC) and for organising UCC Student News.   

The staff of the Disability Support Service

The Selection Committee determined that the staff of the Disability Support Service should be honoured with the Enhancing the Student Experience Award on the basis of their outstanding contribution to the UCC Student Experience through the great work that they have initiated and sustained across the University for decades in Disability Support Services.  The team’s person centred approach ensures that each student registered with the services receives high quality support which enhances their student experience.

Of particular note is their involvement and innovative approach to outreach activities such as the development of the DARE process, the Assistive Technology Outreach programme to name but a few.  UCC is fortunate to have such dedicated staff with the DSS, who have a proven track record as leaders nationally in developing and delivering services which support and enable students with disabilities.  

 

Exceptional Citizen Award

Dr Anca Mustata

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Mustata should be honoured with the Exceptional Citizen Award on the basis of her outstanding contribution to the development of mathematics in Ireland which has been of huge benefit to UCC and the wider community at a local, national and international level.  Of particular note are her accomplishments through her outreach activity which have been truly exceptional.  The selection committee were particularly impressed that such activities extend beyond the duties of her role and are done on a voluntary basis.  Her approach has been highly innovative and inspirational and her activities are of enormous benefit in terms of promoting the study of mathematics at UCC and the standard of mathematics in Ireland.

The General Services Security Team

The Selection Committee determined that the General Services Security Team should be honoured with the Exceptional Citizen Award on the basis of their outstanding contribution to the University and the wider public.  The selection committee were particularly impressed with the initiative and dedication shown with their charitable work which provides a great example and inspiration to colleagues and students alike. As a team of individuals they go above and beyond in helping, supporting and encouraging not only staff and students of UCC but also the general public who engage with the University.  Throughout the last 20 years numerous charities have benefited from their actions.  Such benevolence, care and support truly furthers the good name of the University at a local, national and international level and impacts in a very positive manner on the UCC community and the culture of the University.   

The staff of Student Records and Examinations Office

The Selection Committee determined that the staff of Student Records and Examinations Office should be honoured with the Exceptional Citizen Award on the basis of their outstanding contribution to providing a first class service to students and colleagues alike.  The selection committee are particularly impressed with the dedication, commitment, efficiency and professionalism demonstrated despite recent additional work pressures and reduction in staff complement.  

 

Leadership Award

Mr Niall Dunphy

The Selection Committee determined that Mr Dunphy should be honoured with the Leadership Award on the basis of his outstanding leadership in developing a multi-disciplinary team on the Horizon 2020 ENTRUST project.  In bringing together researchers from engineering and the social and natural sciences he has effectively led a culture where diverse intellectual and cultural contributions are respected and celebrated.    The selection committee was particularly struck by the breadth of vision and depth of commitment he has taken to this leadership role as well as the wider leadership contribution he has made to the Green Campus and Sustainability Strategy processes within UCC.   The committee are of the opinion that his ability to inspire others by channelling and maintaining team members’ enthusiasm and energy in delivering  the work of the CPPU is fully deserving of this Leadership award. 

Professor Louise Kenny

The Selection Committee determined that Professor Kenny should be honoured with the Leadership Award on the basis of her outstanding leadership both within UCC and beyond in “leading from the front” and “inspiring others to aim big” and achieve their dreams.  The selection committee was particularly struck by the generosity and depth of commitment she has taken in mentoring and enabling others in their career development and as a role model for young researchers.  The committee are of the opinion that her visionary and passionate leadership qualities are fully deserving of this Leadership award.  

Professor Martin Kinirons

The Selection Committee determined that Professor Kinirons should be honoured with the Leadership Award on the basis of his outstanding academic and research leadership and significant contribution as Dean to the Dental School and Hospital.    The selection committee was particularly struck by the evidence put forward by members of the staff of the Dental School and Hospital of his leadership abilities in encouraging and supporting others to succeed in addition to the significant personal skills he has demonstrated in encouraging a positive and performance driven culture within the Dental School and Hospital.    The committee are of the opinion that his enabling leadership qualities are fully deserving of this Leadership award.  

 

Impact Award

Dr Catherine Buckley

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Buckley should be honoured with the Impact Award in recognition of the outstanding outreach work she has done in engaging secondary school students, industry, families, government and the wider public in science and medicine.  The selection committee was particularly struck by the energy, enthusiasm and imagination she has shown in the development and delivery of the APC’s Outreach programme together with her significant engagement with external collaborators and stakeholders.  The committee are of the opinion that her committed engagement in the public arena is fully deserving of this Impact award.  

Dr Eva McMullan-Glossop

The Selection Committee determined that Dr McMullan-Glossop should be honoured with the Impact Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made to the cultural and social life of UCC and the wider community particularly through her directorship of the UCC choir since its re-establishment in 2010.  The selection committee was particularly struck by the dedication and commitment that she has shown in creating an inclusive and collegial community within the Choir which comprises of both UCC staff, retired staff members and students.  Through this work she has brought this sense of engaging community well beyond the wider UCC audiences to the public at large.  The committee are of the opinion that her committed engagement both in UCC and the public arena is fully deserving of this Impact award.  

Professor Michel Schellekens

The Selection Committee determined that Professor Schellekens should be honoured with the Impact Award in recognition of the significant contribution he made during the UCC Year of George Boole 2015 in leading the “In Conversations on George Boole” project.  Through his dedication and commitment to this project, he has ensured that the importance of Boolean logic which underpins the significant contribution of George Boole has been highlighted and captured for generations to come.   The selection committee was particularly struck by the creativity and innovation he has shown in the development and delivery of the “In Conversations on George Boole” project together with his significant engagement with national and international collaborators and stakeholders.  The committee are of the opinion that his committed engagement in the public arena as evidenced by this project is fully deserving of this Impact award.  

 

Oustanding Colleague Award 

Ms Ciara McKernan

The Selection Committee determined that Ms McKernan should be honoured with the Outstanding Colleague Award on the basis of her extraordinarily levels of effort and highly personalised service in linking UCC with its external international environment.  Her dedication, professionalism, warmth and individual attention has played a huge role in successfully attracting international students to the University.  The selection committee were particularly impressed with how she presents UCC in the best possible light with such a ‘can do’ collegial attitude. At the coalface of the University’s internationalisation strategy, she has solidified key partnerships and facilitated growth.

Ms Eleanor O’Connor

The Selection Committee determined that Ms O’Connor should be honoured with the Outstanding Colleague Award on the basis of her outstanding contribution and delivery of an exceptional service at departmental and school level.  She is recognised as the friendly face of the Department caring for staff, students and visitors alike. She extends above the call of duty and her dedication, kindness and vast knowledge of the University is widely valued.  Her qualities as a professional colleague have been described as “incomparable and irreplaceable”.

Mr Michael O’Shea

The Selection Committee determined that Mr O’Shea should be honoured with the Outstanding Colleague Awardon the basis of his outstanding professionalism, dedication, patience, assistance, insight and support.  Such qualities have gained him high respect and regard college wide.   Phrases such as ‘a genius with his hands’ and ‘phenomenal’ have been used to describe his solution focused, expert approach to problems.  He is recognised and valued for his gentle and thoughtful nature and for his care for UCC as a whole.  

 

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