Team of the year
This award recognises a collection of individuals who, through working together, have made a significant and positive impact. Teams can be established work teams or a group of individuals who have come together for a specific project or initiative.
WINNERS - Queen’s University Environment Team
This five-strong Environment Team have made concerted efforts over the past six years to improve the sustainability of Queen’s and beyond, and to increase staff and student awareness of environmental issues. Results include an increase in the number of staff and students using sustainable transport; decrease in waste to landfill; enhanced wildlife and biodiversity on campus; and recognition of staff and students who have made positive steps towards reducing their carbon footprint.
Centre for Experimental Medicine Support Team
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
The clerical and technical core support team is integral to the pioneering research undertaken at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Staff faced a major challenge in summer 2015 when 46 teams had to be relocated from the Health Sciences Building and the Royal Victoria Hospital to the new Wellcome-Wolfson building. Along with the physical move, £6m of new equipment had to be purchased, and two major research centres merged. Owing to exemplary teamwork, the new CEM was fully operational in less than three months, with minimal impact on research and teaching.
AHSS Student Recruitment Hub Team
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
The Hub was set up in August 2015 with ambitious targets to quickly increase international student recruitment, particularly in PGT, in line with Vision 2020. Despite the many challenges and short timeframe, the team has performed superbly, achieving 102% of international recruitment targets, with £8.8m income; 126% growth on 2015-16 and delivered 112% of GB recruitment targets.
Queen’s SU has always had a strong history of activism, but in recent years this had declined, with students showing less and less interest in running for office. The Marketing Team took on the challenge of repositioning the Student Officer Elections with creative ideas including introducing new social-media channels and free tea and coffee for voters, aptly named ‘Democratea’. Within two years, the campaign saw the highest voter turnout on record, at 19.2%, compared to a national average in 2015 of 17.8%.