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  • Remit of the prize

    The “AHSS Researcher of the year” prize aims to recognise the exceptional contributions of postdoctoral Researchers to the University. In particular, the prize aims to reward those who excel in what they do, who “go the extra-mile” in their research, in their contribution to the life of the University, in their contribution to Public Engagement and in the provision of support for their group, colleagues, School.

    What to consider in your nomination?

    • Research excellence: exceptional personal contribution to the progression of projects (innovation, problem solving, the completion of very high quality work), the publication of major papers or relevant outputs, invited presentations at international conferences, obtaining of prizes or external funding, establishment of new collaborations, etc. that exceeded typical expectations.
    • Citizenship: involvement in QUB business through, for example: the organisation of events (e.g. conferences, symposia, courses, reading and/or writing groups, journal clubs, etc.), active committee work (e.g. contributions and outcomes), volunteering for students’ activities (e.g. chairing/judging at symposium), etc.
    • Engagement: involvement in public engagement activities including (but not limited to) outreach events, school visits, media communication (e.g. news, politics programmes…), community consultation, the development of links with policymakers, community stakeholders, and/or commercial companies.
    • Support: involvement in the supervision, training and mentoring of students and fellow staff members (please highlight the quality of the supervision and not just the number of students supervised), teaching, research-related tasks in support of the PI, etc.

    Nominations do not need to include activities from all these categories and can include activities not listed here if deemed relevant.

  • Who can nominate / be nominated?

    This prize can only be awarded to current Research Fellows, Senior Research Fellows, holders of postdoctoral fellowships or Research Assistants with a PhD from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Any staff member of the Faculty (PI, research staff, technical staff, administration staff) can nominate a maximum of one Researcher per year.

    Eligible Researchers can self-nominate.

  • How to nominate?

    A few rules:

    • Nominees and nominators need to follow the guidelines stated above
    • The activities detailed in the nomination must have been carried out within the current year (September to September)
    • Use specific examples of achievements, not general statements 

    To nominate:

    • Complete the form below. The abstract should sum up your reasons for nominating the Researcher, including the principal accomplishments and your personal view on their performance. This abstract may be published on this website. In addition, please provide a list of maximum 10 specific examples of achievements supporting the nomination, highlighting the personal contribution of the individual, the result and when it happened. Only concrete contributions will be taken into consideration

     

    Download the Nomination Form 2019

    • Send the completed form to pdcfmhls@qub.ac.uk, Subject: AHSS Researcher prize, before the 16/08/2019
  • Outcome
    • Each nomination will be evaluated by a panel
    • Four nominations will be shortlisted
    • One Researcher will be awarded the prize (£500 before tax; to be paid directly with their salary) during National Postdoc Appreciation Week
    • Nominators will be notified if the individual they nominated is shortlisted

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