University Staff Recognition Awards

University Staff Recognition Awards 2017

University Staff Recognition Awards 2017

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 SUCCESSFUL NOMINEES!

The Awards In Brief

The University Staff Recognition Awards Programme is now in its eight 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 2017, fifteen awards were available across six categories with new awards introduced.  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 2017 successful nominees [detailed directly below] along with all those nominated will be honoured at a formal ceremony, hosted by the President on Thursday, 5 October 2017.

 

 

Name

School/Faculty/Department/Unit/

Research Centre

Award

Empowering Women @ Tyndall Committee

(Dr Karen Twomey, Dr Peter O’Brien, Dr Fatima Gunning, Mr Hugh Smiddy, Ms Niamh Kavanagh, Prof. Cian O’Mathuna, Ms Michelle Farrell, Dr. Anthony Morrissey, Ms Eilis Mulcahy, Dr. Lynette Keeney and Dr Patricia Vazquez)

Tyndall National Institute

The Frank McGrath Perpetual Award  For Equality & Welfare

Ms Suzanne Buckley

International Office

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

Staff of the Fees Office

(Ms Hilary Baker, Ms Una Barrett, Ms Geraldine Blake, Ms Maria Buckley, Ms Deirdre Daly, Mr Richard Barry, Ms Tatiana Dima, Ms Mary Martin, Ms Maire Murphy, Mr Tim O'Mahony, Ms Mary O'Sullivan)

Fees Office

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

Mr Mike Fitzgibbon

&

Dr Jacqui O’Riordan

Dept. of Food Business & Development

School of Applied Social Studies

Exceptional Citizen Award

 

Ms Maria Carroll

President’s Office

Leadership Award

Mr Brian Corbett

Tyndall National Institute

Leadership Award

Mr Michael Farrell

Office of Corporate and Legal Affairs

Leadership Award

Dr Birgit Greiner

Dept. of Epidemiology & Public Health

Leadership Award

Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill

School of History

Impact Award

Dr Maria Dempsey

School of Applied Psychology

Impact Award

Dr Marian McCarthy

Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Impact Award

Dr Anthony Morrissey

Office of Technology Transfer

Impact Award

Ms Anne Cahalane

School of Food & Nutritional Sciences

Outstanding Colleague Award

Ms Margo Hill

Student Records & Examinations

Outstanding Colleague Award

Mr Gerard Horgan

Dept. of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Colleague Award

 

 

Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Equality and Welfare

 

The Empowering Women @ Tyndall Committee  

The Selection Committee determined that The Empowering Women @ Tyndall Committee  (Dr Karen Twomey, Dr Peter O’Brien, Dr Fatima Gunning, Mr Hugh Smiddy, Ms Niamh Kavanagh, Prof. Cian O’Mathuna, Ms Michelle Farrell, Dr. Anthony Morrissey, Ms Eilis Mulcahy, Dr. Lynette Keeney and Dr Patricia Vazquez) should be honoured with the Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Equality and Welfare. Empowering Women @ Tyndall was founded by a group of researchers and administrative staff with a common vision to support and encourage female staff and students across the Tyndall Institute to reach their full potential. Established in 2016 with the vision of addressing gender representation and motivated by their participation in the Aurora Leadership Programme, this self-started gender initiative focusses on crafting a supportive network for all women. Through its mentoring programme and other initiatives, Empowering Women @ Tyndall addresses inequality in order to foster and build confidence, creating an environment that encourages more women to want to work in Science.

“Dynamic, inclusive and well-run initiatives like EW@T will be crucial if we are all to create the diverse technologies,  services and products that will be needed in our  future.” ANN O'DEA CEO, SILICON REPUBLIC; FOUNDER, INSPIREFEST

 

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

 

Ms Suzanne Buckley

The Selection Committee determined that Ms Suzanne Buckley should be honoured with an Enhancing the Student Experience Award for her continued engagement with, and care for international students at UCC. Suzanne acts as the internal contact for international students, liaising with them and their families, with embassies, government departments, sponsors and agents. Faced with any challenging situations whilst in this post, Suzanne has demonstrated proactive problem solving skills, often supporting students in their most challenging moments. She has also actively supported student development, working with the Office of the VP for T&L to develop a university wide module on internationalisation, the open access online resource “live and learn in Ireland” and has assisted the Irish Council for International Students with the development of the Diverse Voices DVD and training pack.

 

Staff of the Fees Office

The Selection Committee determined that The UCC Fees Office Team  (Ms Hilary Baker, Ms Una Barrett, Ms Geraldine Blake, Ms Maria Buckley, Ms Deirdre Daly, Mr Richard Barry, Ms Tatiana Dima, Ms Mary Martin, Ms Maire Murphy, Mr Tim O'Mahony, Ms Mary O'Sullivan) should be honoured with an Enhancing the Student Experience Award. The UCC Fees Office team embodies the UCC value system, demonstrating a civic minded approach which actively and positively engages with the student community in offering a uniquely innovative approach to supporting all students. Working with each student, bespoke payment plans are developed where necessary to suit individual circumstances, designed to assist students who might be struggling financially. The humanity in this outlook ensures that students in difficulty are not necessarily prevented from progressing. The nomination form for this award, vividly testifies to the “can-do” attitude of the Fees Office team, who seek a viable and positive solution where possible.  Students are not just numbers in the UCC Fees Office - they are our students, at the core of our community.

 “UCC Fees Office strives to help rather than hinder students, enabling them to navigate through university in a financially stable manner and encourages students to engage with them, facilitating payment plans for individuals when necessary in a compassionate and understanding manner.” Eolann Sheehan – former President UCC Students Union

 

Exceptional Citizen Award

 

Mr Mike Fitzgibbon & Dr Jacqui O’Riordan

The Selection Committee determined that Mr Mike Fitzgibbon & Dr Jacqui O’Riordan should be honoured with an Exceptional Citizen Award for their ongoing work in creating spaces of sanctuary within the university for children and adults living in Direct Provision in Ireland. Their tireless work on behalf of refugees and their willingness to extend themselves to help others exemplifies good citizenship.  In recent years, they have been involved in organizing Easter and Christmas parties for children in direct provision and their parents. Their collaboration with the Glucksman Gallery and with the support of the Arts Council, facilitated workshops for these children aged between 7 and 12. Through mobilizing staff and students in UCC and through others, Jacqui and Mike help bring magic to the lives of children and their parents in Direct Provision and create a wonderful spirit of solidarity and inclusiveness on the campus of UCC. 

 

Leadership Award

 

Ms Maria Carroll 

The Selection Committee determined that Ms Maria Carroll should be honoured with a Leadership Award. Maria's competence and commitment has a direct impact on the efficacy of the functioning of the office of the President and the University as a whole. With over 19 years working in the academic world, Maria consistently demonstrates a high degree of excellence, expertise and integrity in her work. Maria's leadership style, combined with her dedication to the University has identified her as a respected leader worthy of recognition.

 “She is a natural leader and motivates her staff through example. She sets a very positive trust-based atmosphere, establishing lines of communication that flow easily. She is first in the office in the morning and last to leave, operating under stressful conditions but always unflustered and professional. She is an excellent judge of character and situations, and has trained her team to respond to all circumstances in the same calm professional manner she exhibits. The outcome of her leadership skills within the office is a workforce of very confident, professional staff, flexible and expert in dealing with all areas while using good judgement.” – Maria’s colleagues in the President’s office.

 

Mr Brian Corbett 

The Selection Committee determined that Mr Brian Corbett should be honoured with a Leadership Award. Brian has shown effective leadership at UCC and Tyndall for over 25 years. Despite the heavy work load associated with leading his team of researchers, he has also managed to excel as a scientist, as a team leader, as a collaborator, and as a stimulant of new economic activity, all of which has been achieved in a professional and unassuming way.

Brian’s exceptional and award winning contributions have been widely recognized both inside and outside of UCC, as evidenced through awards including the 2013 INTEL Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2015 UCC Invention of the year award, the 2016 UCC Commercialisation Impact Award and the 2017 Enterprise Ireland “Horizon 2020 Champions of EU Research Award”.

As a scientist, as a team leader and as a collaborator on national and international research projects, Brian is hugely respected by his international project partners. His recent work on micro-transfer print technology (together with researchers from SEAGATE and X-CELEPRINT) was instrumental in X-CELEPRINT’s decision to establish their European headquarters in Cork (at Tyndall).

 

Mr Michael Farrell 

The Selection Committee determined that Mr Michael Farrell should be honoured with a Leadership Award. In his time in UCC, Michael has worked tirelessly for the University. Michael had led significant initiatives in all his areas of responsibility and he has taken the lead in overseeing key developments over the last 20 years in his capacity as the University Corporate Secretary,  to name a few: University Governance, involving the restructuring of the University Governing Body administration and the mighty consolidation of over 200 statutes into one Principal Statute; Legal Affairs where Michael developed the internal functions of the Office of Corporate Affairs adding significantly to the overall governance and management of the University;  Risk Management and Compliance, which has resulted in the establishment of the University Emergency Management Team; and finally, but significantly, Michael played a crucial role in the delivery of the IMI acquisition, an initiative delivered upon with other Senior Management over a 7 year period. Michael’s leadership in all aspects of his role have significantly contributed to the overall success of the University and make him hugely deserving of a Leadership Award.

 

Dr Birgit Greiner 

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Birgit Greiner should be honoured with a Leadership Award. Birgit is an exceptional member of staff and demonstrates outstanding leadership and integrity in every aspect of her work. Birgit has built and articulated her academic teaching vision through the development of the MSc in Occupational Health, now accessible internationally as an online programme. This programme is a perfect example of Birgit’s ability to collaborate with colleagues, bringing together a cross disciplinary academic team (Law, Psychology, Health Promotion, Epidemiology, HR, and Medicine) as well as external Industry leaders such as the HSA to share and support her vision for the programme.

However most notable is Birgit’s ability to foster motivation within her team. At a time of strained resources, Birgit has encouraged her team to find efficiencies and a willingness to achieve whilst always being the first to lead in this regard. The everyday consistent integrity and Inspiration which Birgit shows to everyone she comes in contact with, her unwavering personal approach has fostered a positive and supportive culture of the highest achievable standards, never diluted by other potentially mitigating factors.

Birgit Greiner is a true leader, who knows her values and what she stands for regardless of any internal or external circumstances she may face.

 

Impact Award

 

Dr Maria Dempsey

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Maria Dempsey should be honoured with an Impact Award. Maria is exceptional for the profound impact her contribution makes to community-based, professional mental health education. Her CV describes a career of impactful contributions including training a generation of Counselling Psychologists, working with community organisations, and improving student wellbeing. Her extensive impact is exemplified by her most recent initiative, the Masters in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) in 2013. It took imagination to construct, attention to detail, relationships to nurture and tremendous hard work to sustain.  These impacts provide the foundations for what will be a sustainable, fruitful UCC contribution to mental health in Ireland and beyond, by expanding access to the services and by raising awareness through the increasingly innovative critical research into leading edge interventions coming out of the programme.

 

Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill should be honoured with an Impact Award.   Finola’s radio series, The Road to the Vote, and her well-attended workshops on female suffragette movement, have facilitated access to UCC's campus by a broad public. Nationally, Finola has enhanced UCC's public engagement through her book, The Gaybo Revolution: How Gay Byrne Challenged Irish Society, which has sold over 5,000 copies.  To promote the concept of UCC as an 'engaged' university, Finola wrote a well­ received play on the female rebels of 1916: Walking with Ireland into the Sun. This was attended by audiences in excess of 1,000 and impacted enormously on the local community, resulting in an invitation to perform the play as the centre­ piece of Cork's Culture night at Cork City Gaol in September2016.  Finola has admirably committed herself to community engagement and collaborations with schools and community groups across the Munster region, but also to international collaborations which have impacted more globally. She was principal convener of the Irish strand of the very successful September 2016 conference, Ireland and China in Celluloid.  Through her constant pursuit of creative ways to engage more meaningfully with UCC and its external community, Finola has impacted on students and staff and on many other communities. She embodies the very spirit of creativity and innovation.

 

Dr Marian McCarthy

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Marian McCarthy should be honoured with an Impact Award for the incredible work she has initiated and sustains across the University for decades in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  She is innovative and creative in all that she does,  working tirelessly to support her colleagues to deliver on UCC's strategic goal of providing an excellent and innovative teaching and learning environment.  It is due to Marian’s vision, commitment and hard work that the vast majority of academic staff in UCC now hold a certificated course in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Marian is the ultimate self-starter; when she sees a need for action, she responds without hesitation.  Marian has built relationships and collaborations with schools, organisations and third level institutions, locally, nationally and internationally including collaborations with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and Learning. Through Marian’s contributions to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education the reputation of UCC staff in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is now internationally renowned.

 

Dr Anthony Morrissey

The Selection Committee determined that Dr Anthony Morrissey should be honoured with an Impact Award. Over 24 years Anthony has made enormous contributions to UCC’s Strategic Goals, particularly in building relationships and optimising opportunities for new collaborations. His prolific outputs of research commercialisation licenses and support for new spinout company creation are unrivalled. In 2012, Anthony devoted his own time to assisting CUMH researchers with a proposal to the new SFI Research Centres Programme. This led to the launch of the INFANT Centre, and Anthony became INFANT’s first Centre Manager in 2013. Since January 2016 Anthony has delivered an astounding 20 commercial licenses and supported the launch of 2 new spinouts, as well as negotiating dozens of industry contracts.  He not only builds sustainable long-term relationships with industry but he also helps researchers win new collaborative funding nationally and internationally. During 2016, Anthony was the Office of Technology Transfer Manager for UCC’s sale of spin-out company InfiniLed to Facebook-owned Oculus, the biggest research commercialisation success in UCC’s history.  He is often the front face of UCC representing the University’s values with the highest level of professionalism and integrity and his impact has been felt across UCC and beyond. 

 

Oustanding Colleague Award 

 

Ms Anne Cahalane

The Selection Committee determined that Ms Anne Cahalane should be honoured with the Outstanding Colleague Award.  Throughout her career with UCC, Anne has proven herself to be a competent, loyal, enthusiastic and positive member of staff. Her considerable empathy and wisdom, her very well developed team-working ethos together with an invariably cheerful demeanour have made her a highly valued member of the School of Food & Nutritional Sciences.  She is particularly admired for her work on the recent History of the Faculty of Food Science and Technology written by Emeritus Professor Pat Fox. Anne made a major contribution to the preparation of this book through typing the original manuscript, copying and organizing many figures and original documents and making the final typescript ready for printing. She organized an official launch of the book on January 12, 2017, to which many Dairy/Food Science graduates, dozens from the Irish food industry, speakers and descendants of original Faculty members were invited (about 150 people in total). All of this was well outside the confines of her job description and was done by Anne out of loyalty to her colleagues and to the school. 

 

Ms Margo Hill 

The Selection Committee determined that Ms Margo Hill should be honoured with the Outstanding Colleague Award.  As operational lead for the institutional examinations function, she oversees the organisation and management of >3,000 examinations and >100,000 examination sittings (6% of which accommodate individual student needs), across >45 onsite and offsite locations.  Margo has built a University-wide support network to deliver this core institutional function, constructing the oversight she requires to deliver an accurate and efficient examination experience for the student body. Problems are rapidly identified, resolved and learnings applied to a process that is constantly evolving to meet the growing student body and institutional needs. Her agility in providing creative solutions to complex problems ensures that all opportunities to improve processes are firmly grasped and also applied in support of a positive student   experience.  Margo is an outstanding colleague, providing support, knowledge and advice with enthusiasm, generosity and a constant smile. With the student her focus at all times, Margo exemplifies the character and excellence of approach that underpins the positive student experience UCC strives for.

 

Mr Gerard Horgan

The Selection Committee determined that Mr Gerard Horgan should be honoured with the Outstanding Colleague Award. Gerard surpasses all that is required of him in his role. Logical and practical in his approach, Gerard is an exemplary employee who consistently delivers. Gerard acts with integrity and consistently strives to perform to the highest level. He takes pride in his work and his attention to detail is unparalleled.  The exceptional level of consideration for students and colleagues alike in his actions is noteworthy. Gerard is guided by a strong value system that places great virtue on collegiality, communication, consideration for others, responsibility and accountability.  These values are fundamental to the pursuit of a positive and high performance workplace. Gerard is a professional who willingly and regularly goes 'beyond the call of duty’. 

 

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