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Award Winners 2021

Delivering Excellence Award

WINNER – Holly Pepper

School of Psychology


Holly is the Office Manager and Education Support Lead for the School of Psychology. She was key to the School delivering its undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes following a considerable increase in the student intake this year. She also provided much needed additional support to Advisors of Studies during a challenging period.

Delivering Excellence

Community Impact Award

WINNER – NI Special Schools COVID-19 Testing Team


This team is made up of Queen's staff as well as external partners. Together, they have made a significant positive impact on the special school community in Northern Ireland with the introduction of a saliva-based testing programme. The work of this team decreased the risk of COVID transmission and potential outbreaks by identifying asymptomatic cases in this vulnerable population.

Team Members:

  • Professor Michael Tunney, School of Pharmacy
  • Dr Deridre Gilpin, School of Pharmacy
  • Vanessa Brown, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Sinead Cahill, Research and Enterprise
  • Ian Purdy, Information Services

Community Impact

Innovation Award

WINNER – Dr Janine Stockdale

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Janine is a senior lecturer in midwifery who has been described as an innovator in every sense of the word. She established the Simulation in Midwifery Group which, in partnership with students and clinical partners, has led to the integration of simulation into every component of the midwifery curriculum design and implementation. She has also designed innovative learning solutions, including a Skills Passport and Pause and Ponder, an initiative to enable students to experience shared integrated care planning for women with deteriorating perinatal mental health.

Innovation Award

Team of the Year Award

WINNER – Campus Food and Drink


During the year, this small core team played a vital role in supporting students and enhancing the student experience. This included preparing over 18,000 meals and making over 6,000 deliveries to international students isolating in University Accommodation as well as providing over 600 catering packs to those unable to travel home for Christmas. The team also came up with the idea of graduation hampers to allow students to celebrate their virtual graduation at home with their family and friends.

Team Members:

  • Brian Horgan
  • Elizabeth Bresland
  • Judith Collister
  • Gary Daly
  • Marie McCullough
  • Odhran O'Neill
  • Peter Scobie
  • Brian Stewart


Team of the Year

Outstanding Leadership Award

WINNER – Dr Alan Hanna

Queen's Management School


As Director of Accreditation, Alan was instrumental in Queen’s Management School securing two global accreditations during the year – the EQUIS accreditation, which is a world-renowned benchmark of excellence and the AMBA accreditation, the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. Thanks to Alan’s outstanding leadership, the School was one of only a handful of business schools globally to achieve 2 out of the 3 'Triple Crown' accreditations within a 6-month period.

Outstanding Leadership

Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER – Dr John Stannard

School of Law


John is a senior lecturer in the School of Law who has taught at Queen’s for 44 years. He was nominated for this award by several of his colleagues in the School who describe him as being a teaching legend. John’s dedication and commitment to providing an enriching and unique teaching experience has been appreciated by generations of law students.

Lifetime Achievement

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