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A celebration of City’s outstanding staff

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards recognise the contributions of staff across the University

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

City has hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the outstanding contributions of staff at the University. The annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards are designed to reward individuals and teams going above and beyond to support City’s vision and strategy; showing dedication, passion and commitment.

This year’s Awards received an unprecedented number of nominations. More than 150 submissions were sent in by students and staff wishing to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of their colleagues and academics. After much deliberation, a panel of judges whittled the nominations down to a shortlist of just 43.

The Mayor of Islington, Cllr Kat Fletcher attended the event to present the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community. The winner, Dr Madeline Cruice, was recognised for her work helping local people who have aphasia, a condition that results in a loss of language.

Dr Cruice is a Senior Lecturer at City’s School of Health Sciences and runs a project offering classes to people with aphasia to improve their IT and technology skills. The team created a short documentary to raise awareness of the project, which can be viewed on youtube.

I’m delighted to have won. As a healthcare professional, it’s important to be an active clinical role model for my students. Projects like this take substantial time and effort to run smoothly. I’m really pleased the work has been acknowledged and rewarded.
Dr Madeline Cruice, School of Health Sciences

During the awards, Cllr Fletcher acknowledged the “essential role” universities play within their local community, “from inspiring local school children in to higher education, investing in facilities like CitySport, and running public lectures and events.”

Ben Robinson received the award for Outstanding Personal Achievement.

As a University we have a responsibility to improve ourselves and our society and I am proud of our ongoing work toward these objectives. City has given me many opportunities to do good and to develop myself. It is a profound privilege to pass that on to others by supporting such ambitious ventures as free legal services provision, befriending of elderly local residents and tutoring and mentoring of local school pupils.

It is humbling to receive this kind of recognition and I am immensely grateful to students and colleagues from across the institution for their energy and time, without which none of this work could take place.
Ben Robinson, Community Volunteering Officer

Alderman and Sheriff Charles Bowman was also at the event and presented the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. The award has traditionally been given by the Lord Mayor of London at the Chancellor’s Dinner at Mansion House. This year it was decided to present it instead at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. Lecturers and professional staff are nominated for these awards by both students and staff and they are given to academics from each of the University’s five Schools.

The winners from this year’s event are listed below. For more details on the winners and the reasons behind their nominations, visit the Vice-Chancellor’s award webpage.


Best Collaborative Project between a School and a Professional Service

The Micro-Placement Programme

International Collaboration of the Year

Nikki Walsh
Senior Lecturer, The City Law School

Research Project of the Year

Professors Tong Sun and Ken Grattan

Excellence in Learning and Teaching (The Chancellor’s Award)

School of Arts & Social Sciences

Dr Stian Reimers

Cass Business School

Dr Aneesh Banerjee, Lecturer in Management

School of Health Sciences

Janet Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Nursing

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.

Dr Stathis Milonidis

The City Law School

The LLM International Business Law Distance Learning Teaching Team

Outstanding engagement with business and the professions

The Professional Liaison Unit

Thalia Anagnostopoulou and Taryn Ferris, the Professional Mentoring Scheme

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Dr Madeline Cruice
Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences

Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity

International Women's Day Working Group, Marketing and Communications

Outstanding service in support of students – The Robert Kitchin Award

Louis Cecile, Student Communities Coordinator, City University London Students’ Union

Outstanding Personal Achievement

Ben Robinson Community Volunteering Officer

Team of the Year

The CityStarters Team

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