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Staff Excellence Awards


Thank you to all staff who nominated in this year's Staff Excellence Awards. The shortlist for each category is listed below.

Category 1: Delivering Excellence

This award recognises an individual who consistently goes above and beyond the scope and remit of their role. Always striving for excellence, this individual takes pride in what they do and adopts a pro-active and flexible approach to the work.


  • Stephen Baxter-Crawford – Marketing, Recruitment, Communications and Internationalisation
  • Deirdre Lynskey – Academic and Student Affairs
  • Dr Mark Russell – School of Natural and Built Environment
  • Dr Steven White – School of Mathematics and Physics

Category 2: Community Engagement

This award recognises a project or activity that has made a significant impact on communities, either here in Northern Ireland or further afield. The project should promote social, environmental, economic, cultural or wellbeing benefits. This award is open to individuals or teams.


  • Gardening Team – Estates
  • Graduate School IMPACT Team – Academic and Student Affairs
  • Reading Together – School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and Academic and Student Affairs
  • QUB Marine Lab – School of Biological Sciences

Category 3: Achieving Ambition

This award recognises a creative and innovative individual who constantly pushes the boundaries to develop new ways to do things. A forward-thinker who embraces change, this individual is keen to learn new things and share this knowledge with others.


  • Louise Cushnahan – School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Barbara Jemphrey – Institute of Professional Legal Studies
  • Katrijn Maguire – Students' Union
  • Dr Michalis Matthaiou – School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Category 4: 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. A team is considered to be two or more people.


  • Portering Team – Estates
  • The Brexit Clinics Team – AHSS and Research and Enterprise
  • The InPlace Project Team – School of Nursing and Midwifery, Information Services and Academic and Student Affairs
  • Queen's Accommodation Management Team – Student Plus

Category 5: Outstanding Leadership

This award recognises an individual who by their energy, enthusiasm and motivation inspires and empowers others to succeed. A role model, this individual drives change and leads with conviction and ambition to make a real difference.


  • Ciaran Higgins – Students' Union
  • Dr Kathryn McNeilly – School of Law
  • Professor Glenn Patterson – School of Arts, English and Languages
  • Dr Gary Sheldrake – School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Category 6: Lifetime Achievement

This award recognises a long-serving member of staff who has made a significant contribution to the University which has had a long lasting positive impact. This individual embodies all the Core Values of the University. A long-serving member of staff is someone who has 15 years' service or more.


  • Christine Carrothers – Information Services
  • Nicky Clarke – Student Plus
  • Alan Edgar – Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Jackie O’Connor – School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering