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Salute Awards: Celebrating Success

The 2019 Salute Awards have taken place, celebrating the exceptional contributions made by staff, students and the wider university community across all our campuses. 

A team from the university and the University of Cumbria Students’ Union has spent the last few months working with partners to stage events at Ambleside, Carlisle, Lancaster and London. 

Thanks to all those who played a part in planning, judging and hosting the awards including Dean of Student Success Dr Signy Henderson, UCSU, strategic communications and external relations manager Lynn Bewley and her team, Baxter Storey for catering, freelance photographers Johnny Becker and Jenny Woolgar, and Carlisle-based audio visual company Rhythm AV. 

Full details of the award winners, photographs and footage are available below. Take your time to browse through the photographs, videos and winners’ lists. 

  • London

    London Salute Awards 2019

    Congratulations to those honoured at an event which coincided with the annual Institute of the Arts London Showcase event.

    The London campus, which provides courses in education, healthcare, business and policing, is an inspiring example of what we stand for in the university in terms of People, Place and Partnerships.  

    Graduates of the London campus are contributing to the local area and to national priorities, making the world a better place to live. 

    salute_teaching, blue cartoon of a hand with a book above the palm Innovation in Teaching  Iain Stainton, policing 
    Nominations said: “Best experience I could ever ask for. He had a lot of experience in the field and has given me a different outlook of what I originally had of the profession.” 
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    salute_volunteer, blue cartoon of a hand with a love heart in the centre of the palm Community Volunteer of the Year  Hannah Breese  
    Hannah led one of the student groups for the collaborative project between students from the Institutes of Education and Arts to design murals for the London campus, which were unveiled at the Salute and Showcase event. 
    London Hannah, salute awards - 2 girls smiling and holding an award
    salute_star, blue cartoon of a star Shining Star  Surekha Patel 
    Surekha is described as being ‘attentive to both student and staff needs’ and is someone with a ‘clear understanding of the student profile at London campus and works towards supporting each person on their individual learning journey’.  She gathers feedback when students/staff voice their concerns and communicates this to her immediate team in the library and via other appropriate channels when necessary.  
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    salute_rep, blue cartoon of a person speaking, zig zag line coming out of their mouth Representative of the Year  Abdul Karim  
    Abdul has been a proactive and enthusiastic representative for London students on the UCSU Panel and is a respected advocate for, and representative of, students on the London campus.  
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    salute_student, blue cartoon of a house with a graduation hat in the centre Student of the Year  Samshika Sivanantham 
    Samshika works incredibly hard and demonstrates resilience and tenacity in her positive approach to academic life whilst balancing working commitments in her personal life.  

    Samshika promotes active learning within her student group in education studies and her bubbly personality and enduring positivity encourages others to succeed. Samshika is also described as ‘approachable and willing to help her peers in their learning journey.’ 
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  • Carlisle

    Carlisle Salute Awards 2019

    Congratulations to the worthy winners who were recognised at a ceremony at The Cube, Fusehill Street campus on 3 May 2019.

    salute_teaching, blue cartoon of a hand with a book above the palm Innovation in Teaching Emma Barton, children, young people and families
    Of Emma, judges were told: “She has pushed students to reach the best of their ability and she has motivated many to go on to postgraduate study and to conduct their own research in the future.” 
    Innovation in Teaching Sian Spencer law lecturer
    Of Sian, they said: “She lives and breathes her subject. Her teaching methods are varied and engaging, offering a variety of activities and learning methods which make every week different. Having had experience within the legal profession, she gives invaluable first hand advice on best practice.” 
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    salute_group, blue cartoon of a group of people Student Group of the Year - Brampton Road Wildlife Society
    Judges were impressed that the society has built a photography hide, helped rewild part of the biodiversity area, and engaged students and staff to get out into nature more. It has almost doubled its membership since last year. The society ran a photography competition in order to make a calendar that was incredibly popular, both within the university and wider community. The society also holds talks, lectures and events frequently.
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    Student Group of the Year - Fusehill Street Law Society 
    The society’s leaders have actively sought to grow the group, raising money and organising a variety of activities for students and staff. Their ball was a fantastic success, with more than 100 students attending, joined by  staff and guests from a range of local partners. 
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    salute_rep, blue cartoon of a person speaking, zig zag line coming out of their mouth Representative of the Year - Brampton Road Amber Palfreyman 
    Judges noted: “Amber has actively engaged with her cohort to understand the issues the group are having resulting from changes in student numbers.” She also showed ‘an excellent ability’ to work with the programme team to ‘come up with creative, workable solutions which mean her cohort continue to study a good spread of module content’, delivering improvements to her course for next year.
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    Representative of the Year - Fusehill Street Emily Chikwiramakomo  
    As Black & Ethnic Minorities Rep, Emily has actively represented BME students and sought to establish networks, campaigns, and social opportunities for students of colour to come together. Emily represented students (and the university) fantastically – she influenced both UCSU’s and Lancaster University Students’ Union’s plans for Black History Month to make them more student-focused, student-led, and politically-driven.  
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    salute_sport, blue cartoon of person running with a ball in their hand Sports Person of the Year Jack Harris - football team leader
    The judges were impressed that Jack had led the university football team from being disbanded to winning the league this year, overcoming the team’s financial challenges too. He has also broken social barriers by making football inclusive to everyone of all abilities.  
    salute_member, blue cartoon of a group of people Society Member of the Year Rachel Owen, Wildlife Society 
    Rachel, judges were told, has gone ‘above and beyond’ this year. She always tries to get as many people as possible involved with organised events or helping with existing events.  She spends lots of time advertising events and groups on social media, and is an excellent fundraiser. Rachel has also brought a number of wildlife experts and members of the public onto campus, steps that helped the Wildlife society to be shortlisted for NUS New Society of the Year. She also was an integral part of the Surfers Against Sewage volunteer project and a project called Carlisle Remembers.   
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    salute_volunteer, blue cartoon of a hand with a love heart in the centre of the palm Volunteer of the Year (two winners) Elizabeth Molloy and Elizabeth Grayson 
    They supported new students at the start of the academic year, checking in on them to make sure they were settling in and organising numerous Welcome Week activities including a sleep out and a ghost hunt. They’ve also raised funds for a domestic violence charity and homelessness. The pair also encourage students to take up volunteering opportunities and get involved with university life.
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    salute_special, blue cartoon of a clip board, with a rectangle with a star on top  Special Recognition  Donna Salter, UCSU 
    Donna is described as an ‘incredible member’ of the Student Union team and someone who is ‘dedicated to helping students succeed’.  Judges said: “Her patience and helpfulness is a huge asset to UCSU and has helped many students with the day-to-day tasks of running a society, and helping them achieve their aspirations of having a successful student group. ”  
    salute_star, blue cartoon of a star Shining Star - Brampton Road  Ben Jansz  
    Ben is the first point of contact in the Programme Administration. His calm and confident manner makes whoever he is dealing with feel they have his full attention, judges heard. He actively participates in the Graduation ceremonies, Induction days and University Forums.  The PAd never sends a student away without assistance and Ben is always willing to help. Ben has the Happy to Help attitude which the students respond to.  
    Shining Star - Fusehill Street Becky Scott  
    Becky is Student Success Adviser in Staff and Student Services. Some students would not have progressed on their course without Becky’s help. Becky listens to and respects the students, making them feel comfortable in expressing their academic concerns to her. She intrinsically values all students and believes everyone deserves access to a good education. Becky is instrumental in helping students she works with feel there are no barriers to them being at University of Cumbria and that they can flourish. 
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    salute_student, blue cartoon of a house with a graduation hat in the centre Student of the Year  Elizabeth Molloy  
    Lizzie volunteers at the Cumbria Law Centre, is a governor at her son’s school, volunteers with UCSU during Welcome Weeks and attends debates. She has also recently been elected to the UCSU panel as Returners to Education Rep which shows her passion for helping people extends well beyond the confines of her course and into wanting to help so many more students.   
    elizabeth_molloy, salute awards - two men and a woman smiling, with an award

    For more photos from the night see Salute Awards 2019 - More Photos

  • Lancaster

    Lancaster Salute Awards 2019

    Congratulations to those honoured at a ceremony at The View, Lancaster campus on 10 May 2019.

    salute_teaching, blue cartoon of a hand with a book above the palm Innovation in Teaching   Graham Hallett, senior lecturer in education 
    His students say: “His lectures are the most engaging lessons I’ve ever had the privilege of attended in my life. He asks the most thought-provoking questions and cares about everyone’s answers and opinions. He challenges us to think in new, exciting ways all the time. He’s both passionate and real about teaching. He helps with placements – always offering a shoulder to cry on and the best support system. However, he never lies to you about the reality of teaching and tells you just how it is – but also how to overcome issues and be the best you can be.” 
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    salute_group, blue cartoon of a group of people Student Group of the Year   UCSU Dance Society  
    Judges were impressed to discover that this society had gone from being a group that did one performance last year to a society that has competed at two different competitions this year. Representing the university and performing at Lancaster’s culture festival within the community. The society made promo videos, attended the freshers fayre, did various events during freshers and has been planning freshers 2019 to encourage new students to join. It is also inclusive. The team has organised and run the big society night out, bake sales, and the Christmas showcase.  
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    salute_rep, blue cartoon of a person speaking, zig zag line coming out of their mouth Representative of the Year   Shelby Mercer  
    Shelby, a member of the USCU Panel and a Student Trustee, is described as a ‘thoughtful, reflective person’. Judges heard: “She has an innate ability to carefully consider the feedback she has received or the argument of others. Shelby has engaged with staff around the use of social space in the Gateway building. She has demonstrated assuredness, professionalism, and confidence in her ability to broker a heated topic and secure a positive solution for students.” 
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    salute_sport, blue cartoon of person running with a ball in their hand Sportsperson of the Year   Erica Tayler   
    The judges were impressed that, as captain of her team, Erica organised weekly training sessions in which she has fully participated. She also organised transport to away fixtures throughout the season and was responsible for team selection each week. On the pitch, she is described as a committed player who never gives up, and she always encourages her team to stay positive. The welfare of all members of the team is also one of the most important things for Erica. 
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    salute_member, blue cartoon of a group of people Society Member of the Year   Katie Brooks 
    Katie, judges were told, had taken on the role of captain this academic year and often had to perform tasks on behalf of other members of the society. The team struggled to gain members and Katie worked hard to keep the team she had even when members were struggling to commit. Judges noted too Katie’s involvement in many fundraising events and how she led on the Big Society Night Out (for all societies). Katie also successfully led her team through two competitions this year. For many members, it was their first time performing and she supported them. Katie, also responsible for the admin and comradery of the dance team, provided friendship to others through difficult times both at university and in their personal lives.  
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    salute_volunteer, blue cartoon of a hand with a love heart in the centre of the palm UCSU Volunteer of the Year   Shelby Mercer  
    Shelby has taken on roles such as Academic Rep, Panel rep and Student Trustee, directly listening to and representing the views of students. She has also taken on roles that support students at UoC and in the community such as peer mentor and supporting in Highfurlong Special School. Other people are always the focus of her passion and energy. During Welcome Weeks 2018 she joined another student to run Coppafeel! Events, promoting awareness of breast cancer. 
    salute_volunteer, blue cartoon of a hand with a love heart in the centre of the palm Community Volunteer of the Year   Diana Heyes 
    Full-time student Diana, a mother of three, has been recognised for her role running an autism support group for the local community (A spectrum connection). She also put together a two-day learning disability awareness event with the Makaton band (which raised over £500 for a local charity) and most recently organised an event in April at which national campaigner Paula McGowan, a mother who is working with political leaders and others following the death of her teenage son Oliver, told their story. 
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    salute_special, blue cartoon of a clip board, with a rectangle with a star on top Special Recognition Award (two winners) Lancaster security team  
    Of the security team, judges said: “All security members are always efficient at completing their rounds and checking on the halls of residence to ensure the safety of all students. The security staff always put the needs of students first. If students have a problem, they will try to sort it out straight away. Supportive of all students, offering advice to personal problems, they never hesitate to stop and chat. They act as trusted people for students to rely on while at university. Security are very supportive of all disabilities and have previously offered to help students by bringing their prescriptions to their halls.” 
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    Special Recognition Award (two winners)  Corporate Health team 
    The Corporate Health team has planned a range of events for staff and students at the campus including fundraising events for Children In Need and Comic Relief, Dance Offs, office games, cake sales, and a university activity challenge. They have also led Health Walks and the Green Minds lunchtime gardening project.  

    The team are committed to ensuring that there will be a legacy (of activities and advice) for next year’s team to build on. The events that have been planned have been well thought through, are inclusive to a diversity of staff and student groups, have been well publicised and managed. The team has raised over £500 for charity. 
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    salute_star, blue cartoon of a star Shining Star   Emma Fitch  
    Emma has been recognised for her how she has helped to ‘significantly improve the quality of the technical service in the Health area’ and how she actively seeks feedback so she can ‘continuously improve’. “She always deals with requests and problems from both academic colleagues and students with a positive attitude and a smile. Nothing is too much trouble,” judges heard. “She embraces new, inspirational activities with enthusiasm and commitment. Emma proactively seeks out opportunities to improve the student experience where it really counts.” 
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    salute_student, blue cartoon of a house with a graduation hat in the centre Student of the Year   Diana Heyes, Learning Disability Nursing student
    Diana, the judging panel discovered, has overcome some personal challenges in order to achieve her academic potential.  Diana invests much time in reading and researching her topics, engaging in discussion with professionals in the field via social media in order to develop her understanding and analysis.  She does all this alongside being the parent of two children with autism and working two jobs. She’s also constantly taking part in projects, events, fundraising and awareness raising (in terms of both the profession and the inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities).  This not only raises awareness of her profession, but also the university and the people she supports. Her impact also includes setting up a society within the university and raising money for many charities. Diana, a great advocate for the university, also supports first and second year students and has arranged for learning disability and autism training at the university to be open to all. Earlier this year she was shortlisted for a national student nurse of the year award. Diana’s passion, tenacity and energy are described as ‘endless’. 

    For more photos from the night see Salute Awards 2019 - More Photos

  • Ambleside

    Ambleside Salute Awards 2019

    Congratulations to the worthy winners recognised at a celebration afternoon held in the Percival Theatre, Ambleside campus on 15 May 2019.

     

    salute_group, blue cartoon of a group of people Student Group of the Year Vegan Society
    This year the Vegan Society has organised a series of diverse events on campus to raise awareness of vegan issues – eg: pumpkin carving, food tasters and Veganuary. This small society has taken ‘giant steps’ in terms of how visible and active it is. From name only, the society now has 11 members meeting regularly. They raise funds and the group’s main aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of veganism for health and the planet. 
    2019_vegan_society, vegan society - man and woman holding a salute award
    salute_rep, blue cartoon of a person speaking, zig zag line coming out of their mouth Representative of the Year Sam Abram 
    Sam, a confident advocate for Ambleside students, has worked consistently to engage and gather their feedback and views on the work of the university and Students’ Union and he’s worked closely with the campus director and SU. He has an ability to communicate the heart-felt opinions of students in a professional, measured way. In doing this, he has helped achieve significant improvements for students, such as the gym.  
    salute_star, blue cartoon of a star Shining Star Ambleside Estates Team 
    Colin and Geoff always follow up on issues and keep the campus going - doing all the unglamorous jobs without complaint and sorting the recycling.  

    Colin and Geoff are always on hand and willing to help you out, whether it is when your car has broken down in the uni car park or whether you are looking for items for events. They are always happy and willing to help out.   

    The experience of living in halls can be oddly isolating, described one student who added: “So it’s nice that people like Colin are always around somewhere on campus and always friendly and chatty.  Colin and Geoff are very approachable and friendly and always follow up on any requests or issues.”
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    salute_volunteer, blue cartoon of a hand with a love heart in the centre of the palm Volunteer of the Year Taylor Butler-Eldridge 
    Taylor Butler-Eldridge organised a Windermere beach clean in conjunction with the organisation Surfers Against Sewage. The event brought together the community and students, benefitting the environment and wildlife locally. A busy third year student, Taylor also successfully auditioned and addressed an audience at The Royal Geographical Society. He also continues to clean areas around the lake and promote environmental awareness. 
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    salute_sustainability, blue cartoon of 2 hands cupping a leaf Sustainability Award Vegan Society 
    The Vegan Society has been pivotal on campus in encouraging the reduction of single use plastic, promoting recycling correctly and has taken part in litter picking events. Its members also encourage a plant-based diet as a more sustainable way of eating. The society also runs upcycling workshops to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The group also hosts screenings of relevant documentaries and members are developing a vegetable patch on campus.
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    salute_student, blue cartoon of a house with a graduation hat in the centre Student of the Year Rebecca Moore 
    Rebecca has experienced a lot of family problems and bereavements but has managed to bounce back and put 100 per cent effort into her work, judges heard. 

    Now she supports others with their struggles, whether in academic group work or personal support. She also teaches Chinese children English and has also taught Madagascan children to speak English. 

    She is passionate about marine conservation, oceans and ocean life. In her spare time she promotes awareness of issues such as pollution in the ocean, and micro plastics in shellfish.

    The work she is doing at UoC is contributing to her future as she is going to be travelling to Australia next year to follow her dream of working on the Great Barrier Reef.

    For more photos from the night see Salute Awards 2019 - More Photos

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