Ulster University Excellence Awards


About the awards

The awards seek to recognise and reward placement partnerships that have enriched the personal and professional development of our students and cutting-edge collaborations between our academics and researchers with external stakeholders.

This year we have a number of award categories and welcome nominations from staff, students and business partners.


Online Final

The Excellence Awards 2020 online final took place on 27th August at 6pm. If you missed it you can watch it again below to find out this year’s winners.


2020 Finalists

Public Sector Partnership

Research

  • Professor Siobhan O’Neill; Professor Maurice Mulvenna; Dr Raymond Bond; Dr Edel Ennis - In Partnership with Samaritans Ireland
  • Dr Anne Kilgallen, Mr Alan Moore, Dr Maurice O’Kane (initial C-TRIC CEO), Professor Aaron Peace (C-TRIC CEO) - In Partnership with the Western Health & Social Care Trust
  • Professor Damien Coyle - In Partnership with National Rehabilitation Hospital of Ireland
  • Professor Brian Irvine MBE - In Partnership with Dumbworld

Placement

  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust – Imaging Team
  • Bryson Care
  • South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust – Clinical Pathology Team

Business Partnership (Over 50 Employees)

Research

  • Dr Sandra Moffet & Dr Andrea Reid - In Partnership with The Odyssey Trust Company
  • Professor Tara Moore - In Partnership with Randox
  • Professor Tony Bjourson - In partnership with Genomics Medicine Ireland Ltd.

Placement

  • Extern
  • FinTrU
  • Grant Thornton

Business Partnership (SME - Under 50 Employees)

Research

  • Dr Sinéad Furey; Ms Ursula Quinn; Dr Dawn Surgenor - In Partnership with Food Foundation, Independent Food Aid Network & Children in Northern Ireland
  • Professor Tara Moore - In Partnership with SiSaf Ltd.
  • Dr Justin Magee & Dr Shane Wilson - In partnership with Axial3d

Placement

  • Buildcost
  • Paul McGarvey Architect
  • Titanic Foundation

Global Partnership

Research

  • Dr Edward Archer, Dr Cormac McGarrigle; Professor Alistair McIlhagger - Institut für Flugzeugbau (IFB), University of Stuttgart
  • Professor Eilis McCaughan - Movember & Prostate Cancer UK
  • Professor Chris Nugent, Dr Mark Donnelly & Dr Ian Cleland - MEDEA S.r.l.
  • The Seychelles Child Development Team - In Partnership with Seychelles Ministry of Health; University of Rochester, New York; Lund University and Karolinska Institute, Sweden; University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Placement

  • BSG Interns
  • Jedlik Anyos Gimnazium
  • Project Children

Ulster University Placement Partnership of the Year

Staff Nominations

  • Allstate nominated by Mairin Nicell from Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Irish Football Association nominated by Kyle Ferguson from Life and Health Sciences
  • Jedlik Anyos Gimnazium nominated by Dr Barbara Skinner from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Student Nominations

  • Cirdan Imaging nominated by Kathryn Christie, Kathryn is a BSc Hons Stratified Medicine Student
  • Evolve Hospitality nominated by Shaunagh Poyntz, BSc Hons International Hospitality Management Student
  • Stryker nominated by Todd Ruddock, BSc Hons Biomedical Engineering Student

Award categories

There are five overall categories - with placement and research awards within each. Find out more and submit your nominations below:


Rules and Regulations

  • Research
    • The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Research projects will be ongoing or will have been completed during the 12 months leading up to 14 February 2020.
    • PhD research students are permitted to enter, along with academics and researchers employed at Ulster University.
    • Each member of University staff is permitted to nominate for any category only ONCE.
    • In the first instance, information provided is strictly confidential, however winners will agree to take part in publicity for the Awards.
  • Placement
    • The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Placements or internships will have been completed by a student / recent graduate of the University during the 12 months leading up to 6 February 2020.
    • Placements completed within the University are not eligible.
    • Ulster students currently on industrial placement for the 2019 /20 academic year are not eligible to submit a nomination.
    • Each member of University staff is permitted to nominate for any category only ONCE.
    • In the first instance, information provided is strictly confidential, however winners will agree to take part in publicity for the Awards.
    • Nominations within the up to 50 employee’s categories must be "autonomous” employers, i.e. they must be independent with no participation in other enterprises and no enterprise has a participation in the business.



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