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Winners 2016

Best Collaborative Project between a School and a Professional Service

Micro placement programme
Micro-placement Programme, by the Employer Engagement team led by Mona Vadher and Sarah Gale, David Seymour and Jason Chuah

The City Law School

“The Employer Engagement team in the Careers’ Service collaborated with The City Law School launching a creative and innovative pilot, the Micro-Placement Programme. This saw over 100 students apply for short-term placements with organisations in London. The scheme gave students the chance to explore career options early on in their time at City and hone core employability skills while working on non-legal projects. The programme has improved the graduate prospects of students, as well as helping to foster new links with local businesses and professions.”

International Collaboration of the Year

Nikki Walsh
Nikki Walsh

The City Law School

“Nikki is the director of two international collaborations between The City Law School and lawyers representing clients facing the death penalty in Pakistan and the USA. Nikki personally initiated these projects and fostered their development. They are of supreme importance, not only in that they may save lives, but they also aim to have an impact that will spread the principles of human rights and respect for the rule of law into areas where they currently receive insufficient attention.  They also offer unique opportunities for Law students to develop their professional learning on important prestigious projects.”

Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity

IWD Working group
International Women's Day Working Group

Marketing and Communications

“International Women's Day on the 8th March is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The City IWD working group consisted of: Lindsey Venden, Sophie Cubbin, Jack Lewis, Sabrina Francis, Kyla Njoku and Louise Gordon. More than 250 people attended the flagship panel event with City academics, Dr Ruth Sealy, Dr Amanda Goodall, and Professor Lis Howell. A high profile photo campaign called #IamAlso featured City women in their roles outside of work and was widely seen on social media, digital screens and screensavers, and a photo exhibition of City’s Extraordinary Women was installed in College Building.  This innovative, creative and engaging campaign raised significant awareness and generated a very strong, favourable reaction.”

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Dr Madeline CruiceDr Madeline Cruice
School of Health Sciences

“Students, staff and community Speech and Language Therapists have been helping people with aphasia (a condition which results in the loss of language) to improve their IT skills and gain access to much of the technology society takes for granted in a series of classes at City. The project, led by Madeline, was a fantastic success as it enabled staff and students to get to know a lot of people with aphasia in the local community, while also highlighting the importance of a good quality of life and the services that universities can provide to the local community.”

Outstanding Personal Achievement

Ben Robinson
Ben Robinson

Community Volunteering Officer

“In nine months in the role, more than 600 students have registered on the volunteering website, and 751 applications to volunteer have been made. Ben has empowered students to run their own volunteering projects, with initiatives like The Senior Citizens’ Venture, where students host weekly activities to interact with and give company to the elderly. He has also been instrumental in the success of two pro bono legal clinics – Start-Ed which gives free legal advice to small businesses and startups, and Roof Over London, which he set up and runs with Professor Dan Wilshire and our Law students. The clinic provides guidance on issues relating to tenant and landlord disputes, such as retrieving deposits, illegal evictions and repairs.  It was conceived following changes to legislation that mean many private renters no longer have access to Legal Aid.”

Outstanding Engagement with Business and the Professions

Prof Liaison Unit
Professional Liaison Unit

Joint winners

“First set up more than 15 years ago, the unit places around 250 students per year and consistently secures over 50 employers willing to take part in the scheme. They include tech city start-ups, charities and large corporates and they can claim to have placed students with Google, Accenture, IBM, British Airways and Redbull. The PLU is also the driving force behind the unique Professional Pathway Scheme; which allows students to combine 4 days in a professional IT role with one day at City. Students study the same modules as their fulltime equivalents but at a slower pace and graduate with 3 years professional experience. The scheme consistently delivers a 100% graduate employability record.”

Thalia and Taryn
Thalia Anagnostopoulou and Taryn Ferris, Professional Mentoring team

Joint winners

“Over the last five years the Professional Mentoring scheme has grown from 86 pairs in 2011 to just under 400 mentoring pairs in 2015, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is the largest scheme of its kind. Thalia and Taryn work tirelessly to develop individual relationships with employers who belong to professions that our students want to get into. This creates familiarity and positivity towards City, boosting the reputation of the institution and our students.  Several organisations have specifically sought to mentor City’s pool of mentees as part of their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Among them are the NHS, Blackrock, Capco, Q8 and the British Transport Police.”

Outstanding Service in Support of Students (The Robert Kitchin Award)

Lois Cecile
Louis Cecile

Student Communities Coordinator, CULSU

“Louis has worked tirelessly to give student-led societies a head start, providing the support they need. When he started in 2014, there were just 21 student societies. Now it is at almost 90 and the total society membership amongst City students has increased tenfold. He goes beyond the call of duty to support student initiatives including mountaineering trips, sports days, theatrical productions, community fundraising projects and social events, despite the extra work this may require on his part. His unwavering support has created a community of students who feel that there is an environment for them to express their ideas and put these into action to improve their university experience - not just for themselves and their members but for all City students.”

Team of the Year:

City Starters team
CityStarters team


“The CityStarters team are an excellent example of innovation and creativity in higher education. They go out of their way to help students and alumni with business ideas to believe in themselves and get started on the entrepreneurial journey. They are deeply passionate about their work and go the extra mile, delivering a range of competitions, services and events, including CitySpark, Made@City, the Bootstrap Business Seminars and the occasional hackathon. They have a wealth of knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and start-ups and offer one-to-one support when needed. They add a large dose of sparkle to City, which really helps engage our students and provides the essential skills that employers are looking for which would be hard to find at other institutions.”

Excellence in Learning and Teaching:

Dr Stian Reimers
Dr Stian Reimers

School of Arts and Social Sciences

“Dr Stian Reimers designed a quiz system to improve learning, engagement and attendance in lectures, workshops and other classes. The quiz system draws on research in the fields of psychology and gamification, to improve the retention and recall of information.  Student feedback has been very positive and they have expressed a desire to have it used across all the modules in the degree.”

Dr Aneesh Banerjee
Dr Aneesh Banerjee
Cass Business School

“Aneesh’s teaching is consistently recognised as excellent, engaging and innovative by students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His teaching scores are particularly impressive given that he teaches large classes of 150 students on the undergraduate programme where individual engagement can be more of a challenge. He also lectures on the Executive MBA programmes in both London and Dubai, where his industry experience directly feeds in to his teaching approach. He is a role model for a young academic who is able to span teaching and research and theory and practice.”

Janet Hunter
Janet Hunter

School of Health Sciences

“In the 13 years that she has worked at City, Janet has maintained her commitment to excellence in clinical skills teaching for student nurses and ensuring that nurses are safe to practice. She has a proven track record of developing innovative learning opportunities and resources for students including videos, text books and board games. She recently introduced the use of empathy suits so that students have a better idea of what it is like to treat old age patients, or those with mobility problems.”

Dr Efstathios Milonidis
Dr Efstathios Milonidis

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

“Stathis’s students say it is very evident that he loves his job.  He is always enthusiastic and goes out of his way to make sure that queries are answered and schedules extra revision sessions to aid learning. He is extremely patient and ensures students have understood the topic clearly. Other students simply described him as ‘awesome’”

LLM Distance Learning Teaching TeamLLM International Business Law Distance Learning Teaching Team
The City Law School

“Starting with a blank page, director Dr Steven Truxal, academics, educational technologists, and the course officer worked together to provide a highly relevant programme that is engaging, supportive and challenging. As City’s first-ever full degree programme to be delivered entirely online, the LLM IBL was designed in 2013 and launched in May 2014. With over 70 students from 30 countries enrolled since its inception, the programme’s success has been swift. The team comprises: Steven Truxal, Katherine Reece-Thomas, Enrico Bonadio, Susan Blake, Anna Katsoulaki, David Collins, Emily Allbon, Jelena Madir, Sarah Oliver, Connie Tse, Steven McCombe, Martin Agombar, Fariha Afgan, and Jason Chuah.”

Research Project of the Year

Professors Tong Sun and Ken Grattan
Professors Tong Sun and Ken Grattan

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

“City’s Optical Sensors Research Group and railway electrification specialists, Brecknell Willis, have pioneered an innovative technological breakthrough by successfully instrumenting a railway current-collecting pantograph, using an optical fibre sensor system for real-time monitoring of its contact condition with the overhead line electrification system. The implementation of this pantograph across the UK rail network could result in the provision of faster, greener, quieter and more reliable services and could give the UK rail industry a competitive advantage over its overseas counterparts.”

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