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Recognising achievement

The individual achievements of our staff and students bring about collective rewards in levels of service, quality of thinking and the high standard of environment which we all share. It is their combined efforts which make our University greater than the sum of its parts. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight their contributions to our community of excellence.

Nalini Patel, a member of the University’s IT Service Desk team, won the national IT Service and Support Person of the Year Award. Nalini fought off tough competition from the public and private sectors. We are delighted that her exceptional and outstanding contributions to the success of the IT Services Team have been recognised by her industry peers.

Professor Glynis Cousin was recognised by the Higher Education Academy with a National Teaching Fellowship for her exceptional contribution to learning and teaching. As Director of the University’s Institute for Learning Enhancement (ILE), Glynis has built an international reputation for her work in researching higher education, curriculum inquiry and internationalisation.

DarkMatter Designs, a talented team of four University of Wolverhampton students and one University of Birmingham student, clinched the BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ award at the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.

The success of the gifted newcomers adds to the continually growing status of the University as a destination for students wanting to enter the animation and games industry.

Dr Peter Day, Senior Lecturer in Photography and Fine Art, was selected for an Art Design Media Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. Peter is using the £3,000 prize to develop an online system to provide art and design students with feedback on their work.

Clare Rowe scooped a prestigious Business Leader of Tomorrow award at the annual Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Awards. Clare was one of only five graduates chosen from more than 1,000 nationally to be recognised by the government-led KTP programme. The award acknowledges those graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills while working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

Eze Osita, Regional Head of the West Africa Office, was presented with a Great African Merit Award. Eze’s work for the University involves student recruitment and profiling the University as part of the internationalisation agenda. The Award recognised his contribution to the development of education in Nigeria and his selfless service and integrity.

Janet Baker and her team from the Estates and Facilities Department won the British Association for Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE) National Award for Good Practice 2009. Under Janet’s leadership, the team successfully instigated a new inspection procedure of communal kitchens in Halls of Residence, to change student attitudes in relation to kitchen cleaning.

Gwen Heeney, Senior Lecturer at the School of Art & Design, received an award when the University won an international accolade in July for its contribution to the field of ceramics. The Student Award for Education was presented to the University at the Interna

Jodie McCaughan was announced as the winner of the University’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognises students who have made an outstanding contribution to the community. Jodie, a student in Social Care and Criminal Justice, helps vulnerable and at risk members of the community in her volunteering role with Sandwell Advocacy.

James Prankard was shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Television Society Student Awards in the category for Best Animation for his film ‘Billie and Millie’, whilst Will Beard, Lambros Panayi, Matvejs Terentjevs and David Shakespeare were shortlisted for Best Drama for their collaborative production, ‘Earthbound’. It is the second year running that films produced by School of Art & Design students have been shortlisted for the awards.

Staff at IT Futures, an IT solutions and training provider based at the University, won the award for Best Knowledge Transfer Project at the ICT Excellence Awards. Their success recognises the key role played by the University in helping businesses exploit new technologies and enhance their knowledge of emerging technologies.

Waqas Baggia, a postgraduate student from the University of Wolverhampton Business School, was named one of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs for 2009. The Future 100 Awards spotlight young people aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in running a responsible business venture. In his role as founder and president of the Student Enterprise Network (SEN), Waqas is active in promoting innovation and entrepreneurism in students at Wolverhampton.