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PGR Excellence Awards

The PGR Excellence Awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of staff and students in the Faculty's postgraduate research community.

The next call for nominations for the PGR Excellence Awards will be 2021.

Please note that the Student of the Year category has an earlier deadline and an earlier call for nominations than the other Excellence Awards.

All nominations will be considered for the Doctoral Academy PGR Excellence Awards (Faculty-wide) in the first instance. The shortlisted nominations will also be considered for recommendation at the annual MDC Excellence Awards (University-wide). All nominations to go through the general PGR Excellence Award route should be submitted to doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk.

Award categories

Award Category

Description

Who can nominate?

Student of the Year

The nominee should be an outstanding research student who has excelled in some significant manner, for example, after the presentation of a thesis, based on the recommendation and judgment of the external examiner. They may have had a major research achievement during their PGR programme – for example, high quality journal publications or a research spin-off.  

The shortlisted nominations for this category will also be considered for the President's Distinguished Achievements Award (University-wide).
Current UoM Staff Member. Please note that this category has an earlier deadline than the other awards.
Best Outstanding Output The Best Outstanding Output award recognises research outputs of the highest quality and acknowledges the continuing importance of high quality research to the University. Current UoM Staff Member
Best Contribution to PGR Environment The Best Contribution to PGR Environment award recognises outstanding achievement/contribution of an individual towards the enhancement of the postgraduate environment. An award will be made to a student who has made a positive impact, demonstrated innovation and creativity in their actions, and been an inspirational role model to other students. Examples of this include organising events which bring together the postgraduate community; identifying an area of development within the postgraduate community and providing a solution to this.  Current UoM Staff Member
Best Contribution to Society The Best Contribution to Society award recognises outstanding achievement/contribution of an individual who has offered their time and energy to make a difference to the social and economic well-being of our communities. Examples of this could include community volunteering, working with local schools or charities, organising public engagement events/activities.  Current UoM Staff Member
Best Contribution to Internationalisation The Best Contribution to Internationalisation award will be made to a student who, in the opinion of the Panel, encapsulates the spirit of internationalisation at Manchester. Examples of this include a student that has demonstrated their ability to work internationally and be an exemplar global citizen; a student that had driven forward an initiative to enhance the international student experience at Manchester. Current UoM Staff Member
Outstanding Impact The Best Outstanding Impact award will be made to a student who, in the opinion of the panel, has made a demonstrable contribution to society, benefitting individuals, organisations and/or society as a whole through their excellent research. Current UoM Staff Member
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (including Demonstrator, UG Project Supervisor)

The nominee should be an individual who is supportive and available. The qualities the panel will look for in candidates include:

  • Clear and effective demonstrating, supervision, teaching methods
  • Offering detailed and personalised feedback
  • Giving one-to-one support when needed
  • Use of original and accessible teaching methods
  • Clear communication of learning objectives
  • Working towards external recognition for teaching excellence
UoM Staff and Students, including self-nominations
Outstanding Student Rep

The nominee should be an individual who has a clear commitment to the role through proactivity and leadership. The qualities the panel will look for in candidates include:

  • Innovative approaches to the role
  • Impact in the wider student community
  • Inclusivity – recognising the cultural (both social and research) diversity of our PGR students and the geographical spread of our research sites
  • Supportive and approachable
UoM Staff and Students, including self-nominations

Outstanding Supervisor of the Year

  • The nominee should be an individual who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students.
  • The qualities the panel will look for in candidates include:
  • A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the individual done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervision?
  • A demonstrable commitment to supporting the personal, professional and career development of PGRs supervised. 
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise 
  • Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field
  • Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research 
  • Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years: have students from a range of backgrounds been encouraged to pursue a doctorate? What have they gone on to achieve? 
  • Providing supervision to an exceptional number of candidates over time.
UoM Staff and Students
Outstanding Professional Support Staff (PSS)

The qualities the panel will look for in candidates include:

  • Approachability and responsiveness
  • Willing to go the ‘extra mile’ to solve problems and identify support mechanisms
  • Enthusiasm for PGR activities
UoM Staff and Students

Criteria for nominations

At the time of being nominated for an award, students must be registered for a postgraduate research degree at The University of Manchester, be under examination for a postgraduate research degree at Manchester, or have completed their doctoral degree within the past six months.

Making a PGR Excellence Award nomination

Only current University staff members can nominate in certain categories. However, both staff and students, including self-nominations, can nominate in others. Please check 'Who can nominate?' column in the table above for further information.

All nominations must be made by submitting the PGR Excellence Awards Form to doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk by the deadline. This form will be available once the awards are open for nominations.

All nominations must be sent with the following:

  • a summary of the nominee's achievements for the prize-giving ceremony (max 100 words);
  • the main supporting statement (max 350 words);
  • additional supporting statements (minimum two additional statements, maximum four).

If you are a student who would like to be put forward for a category where only staff members can nominate, please ask your supervisory team to submit a nomination for you. This is completely allowed and we encourage you to do so.

If you have any questions, please contact the Doctoral Academy at doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk.

Doctoral Academy 2021 Award Winners

  • Ben Calverley– Winner of Postgraduate Student of the Year for School of Biological Sciences
  • Laura Omesher - Winner of Postgraduate Student of the Year for School of Medical Sciences
  • Brendan Dunlop - Winner of Postgraduate Student of the Year for School of Health Sciences
  • Ioana-Emilia Mosneag – Winner of Best Contribution to PGR Environment (School of Biological Sciences)
  • Nathan Jariwala – Highly Commended for Best Contribution to PGR Environment (School of Biological Sciences)
  • Jason Chu – Winner of Best Contribution to Society (School of Health Sciences)
  • Joanne Sharpe – Highly Commended for Best Contribution to Society (School of Biological Sciences)
  • Jason Chu – Winner of Outstanding Student Rep (School of Health Sciences)
  • Dr Kathryn Hentges – Winner of Outstanding Supervisor of the Year for School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Halina Dobrynzski – Winner of Outstanding Supervisor of the Year for School of Medical Sciences
  • Professor Katherine Berry - Winner of Outstanding Supervisor of the Year for School of Health Sciences
  • Dr Andre Volezmann – Winner of Outstanding Post Doc (School of Biological Sciences)

The Doctoral Academy Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of postgraduate researchers and staff in the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, and it is highly rewarding to see the level of enthusiasm and dedication within this community.

Due to the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic we are not able to hold our annual Doctoral Academy Graduate Society Conference to celebrate face-to-face. However, we are excited to recognise and showcase the achievements of postgraduate researchers and staff at our virtual award ceremony on Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 2pm.

Keynote presentations will be delivered by Jason Chu and Professor Catherine O'Neill, and Dr Jeffrey Penny (Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research) will be congratulating our winners. The Zoom event is open to all postgraduate researchers and staff in the Faculty.

Register now: Doctoral Academy Awards Ceremony (Eventbrite).