The Distinguished Research Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of Ulster staff members in the area of research, across three categories – Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship Award, Distinguished Research Fellowship Award and Early Career Research Excellence.

Congratulations to all the 2020 Champion and Faculty Winners in the Distinguished Research Awards.

Champion winners 2020

Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship Champion Award

Winner

Professor Andrew Cooper
Professor of Coastal Studies, School of Geography & Environmental Sciences

Professor Cooper has an outstanding international track record in the field of coastal research and is recognised as an international leader in the field conducting cutting edge research on the geomorphic behaviour of coastal systems. In 2018, he was identified in the top 10 researchers in the world in the field of coastal management in the past 40 years.

Professor Andrew Cooper

Distinguished Research Fellowship Champion Award

Winner

Professor Raymond Bond
Professor of Human Computer Systems, School of Computing

Professor Bond has made significant contributions to digital health research including the application of machine learning algorithms to healthcare datasets and the design of digital interventions. Professor Bond has been responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a member of a COVID modelling group that informed key modelling decision-making in the Department of Health.

Professor Raymond Bond

Early Career Research Excellence Champion Award

Winner

Dr Joe Rafferty
Lecturer in he School of Computing

Dr Joe Rafferty was appointed Lecturer in the School of Computing in 2018. His research has focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), scalable computing infrastructure/architecture, ambient assisted living, data analytics, machine learning, system security and resilient self-organising systems.

Dr Joe Rafferty

Faculty Winners 2020

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Dr Ian Miller - Distinguished Research Fellowship Faculty Award
  • Dr Brian Dixon - Early Career Research Excellence Faculty Award

Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

  • Professor Luke Chen - Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship Faculty Award
  • Professor Raymond Bond - Distinguished Research Fellowship Faculty Award
  • Dr Joe Rafferty - Early Career Research Excellence Faculty Award

Life and Health Sciences

  • Professor Andrew Cooper - Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship Faculty Award
  • Dr Nicole Blackburn - Early Career Research Excellence Faculty Award

Ulster University Business School

  • Professor Joan Ballantine - Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship Faculty Award
  • Dr Kristel Miller - Distinguished Research Fellowship Faculty Award
  • Dr Paul Joseph-Richard - Early Career Research Excellence Faculty Award