ASU Awards

The Aston Students’ Union Awards

The Aston Students’ Union Awards celebrate the achievement, dedication, commitment and hard work of Aston students, volunteers, staff and other partners. The awards encompass the traditional Aston Society Awards and the Aston Athletic Union Colours Awards recognising the fantastic achievements of our affiliated clubs and societies.

Awards will not be given on the basis of the quantity of the Nominations per person, they will be awarded for the quality of the work or the achievement, accomplished by the nominee(s). Please do look at the definition for each award and the criteria associated with each of them. You do not necessarily have to answer all the questions for the nominations, but the answers are taken into consideration by the review panel when discussing each award. The link to the nomination form can be found within the drop down menu for each award below.

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Full List of Winners

Award Winner

First Year Student Of The Year

The award is presented to a first year student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be in the first year of study at Aston University.
  • This does not include repeat years.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Emma Buchanan

Second Year Student Of The Year

The award is presented to a second year student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be in the second year of study at Aston University.
  • This does not include repeat years.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Levan Kejbacha

Placement Student Of The Year

The award will be presented to a student who demonstrated continued dedication to Aston Students’ Union and/or the Aston community during their placement year. This can include supporting other placement students, supporting clubs and societies, attending Aston Students’ Union events and running in elections.

Criteria:

  • Students must be on placement throughout the academic year.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.

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Jenny Beech

Final Year Student of the Year

The award is presented to a final year student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be in their final year of study at Aston University.
  • This does not include repeat years.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Annas Mazhar

Postgraduate Student of the Year

The award is presented to student studying for their master's, postgraduate talk or postgraduate degree who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be a master's postgraduate talk or postgraduate student at Aston University.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Davies Okeowo

International Buddy Scheme

The award is presented to a student who has demonstrated dedication to the International Buddy Scheme throughout the year by participating in events, regularly reaching out to their buddy, sharing their cultural capital and making the most of their time in the at Aston.

Criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled in the International Buddy Scheme
  • Have attended at least one social event
  • * Only members of the International Buddy Scheme can nominate one another

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Anastasia Manousaridou

UK Buddy Scheme

The award is presented to a student who has demonstrated dedication to the International Buddy Scheme throughout the year by participating in events, regularly reaching out to their buddy and going above and beyond to make their buddy feel at home at Aston.

Criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled in the International Buddy Scheme
  • Have attended at least one social event
  • * Only members of the UK Buddy Scheme can nominate one another

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Mariam Sohail

Charity & Volunteering Impact

The award acknowledges the effort made by an individual or event in relation to charity work and/or fundraising. This is awarded to the individual, collective or event that exhibited good organisational, communication and time management skills whilst pursuing philanthropic objectives.

Criteria:

  • Student engagement
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication

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Aston ISOC

COVID Dedication

The award acknowledges the effort made by an individual, club/society or group of people in relation to dedication towards the COVID pandemic.

Criteria:

  • Engagement with the Student Union throughout the process.
  • Supported their community through the pandemic.
  • Gone above and beyond in helping and supporting others.

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Dance Club

Friend of the Union

The award recognises outstanding support given to Aston Students’ Union from people who are not full members. This includes Aston University staff, members of the community, alumni etc.

Criteria:

  • Not full members of Aston Students' Union
  • Outstanding dedication and support given to Aston Students' Union

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Scott Trim

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Sally Holgate

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Hannah Bartlett

Union Staff Recognition

The award recognises outstanding support given to Aston Students by a member of the Aston Students Union staffing team. A student panel will review the nominations and decide the winner.

Criteria:

  • Outstanding dedication and support given to Aston Students

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Michael Kay

Team Spirit

It is designed to acknowledge the effort made by an individual or group who have collaborated with a number of individuals/communities within Aston to achieve a positive outcome and benefit the wider Aston student population.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent time management
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

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Shun Hay Prudence Leung

Union Silver

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to Aston Students' Union throughout 1 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union in 1 academic year
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

Adam Timothy

Lucie Shipp

Samiha Shimla

Eleanor Barton

Amara Rose

Jemima Snell

Georgina Perry

Anisha Knowles

Sasha Bunn

James Jefferson

Peer Depping

Kieran Dosanjh

Bonnie Orpin

Daisy Murray

Michael Ball

Declan Walmsley

Charleigh Kunzmann

Siobhan Driscoll

Emily Hilton

Sally Frimpong

Harry Vincent

Matthew Mcgough

Emily Barlow

James Harrison

James Marsh

Samuel Kirk

Olivia Coutts-Howes

Olivia Leadbeatter

Alexandros Angelis

Omenukwa Ugonwa Oparanozie

Levan Kecbaja

Joel Moore

Felix Moore

Leva Jucyte

Polly Payne

Suriya Thayaparan

Anastasia Manousaridou

Katie Piorkowski

Maaria Hafsah Khan

Roxana Seitan

Elise Cescatti

Rochelle Huie

Kirsty Allan

Molly-Emma Taylor

Renee Ramsey-Nicol

Lauryn Brown

Eve Jacobs

Hope Osejindu

Zuhra Ali

Chloe Chan

Anne Leadbitter

SinLing Yu

Anisa Alim

Emily Denney

Alexandra Forward

Nadia Ul-Haq

Navdeep Kaur

Humaira Siddiqah

Charlotte Eaton

Thomas Vowles

Hope Mudau

Rebekah Harnett

Julia Evans

Flora Armstrong-Beattie

Sintia Lima

Awurama Mireku

Richard Windley

Georgina Dawson

Cecilia Chester

Rebecca Pinnell

Hermione Scoones

Nathan Simmons

Adwoa Twumasi-Adutwum

Millie Hodson-Walker

Alistair Gent

Nika Radovic

Hanna Oakes

Charlie Goddard

Annum Rao

Kiera Bunting

Jessica Brunning

Tehseen Allidina

Priyanka Kaur Jhooty

Aiyesha Swarnn

Dipti Rathi

Kieron Dosanjh

Union Gold

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union continually over a number of years. Can only be awarded if Silver award has already been received.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

Callum John

Amanpreet Sidhu

Ffion Williams

Owen Hughes

Ryan O'Hanlon

Georgie Chapman

Lois Gaskell

Jennifer Beech

Cameron Banks

Maya Buhi

Hridika Nandra

Athletic Union Half Colours

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Athletic Union.

Criteria:

  • A member of an Athletic union club
  • Nominated by the club committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in at least 1 academic year (second year or above students)
  • * ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS AWARD

Georgia Clews

Eleanor O'Rielly

Sasha Bunn

Martha Brown

Kennie Olateju

Minnie McCormack

Sacha Palmer

Katie Broome

Ella Tarry

Dante John Baptise

Owen Hughes

Siobhan Driscoll

Emily Hilton

Daisy Murray

Mish Ahmed

Oliver Shapcott

Richard Windley

Martin Cooper

Emily Judd

Levan Ketsbaia

Jemima Snell

Jahkai Smith

Tiegan Lowe

Evie Herbert

Jessica Bowater

Athina Spondylidou

Harry Woolvine

Adam Timothy

Sam Baxter

Ben Chapman

Julia Evans

Tom Vowels

Anastasia Manousaridou

Keya Amin

Rusabh Shah

Elenor Harris

Edward Contreras

Thomas Armstrong

Marcia Mendes De Carvalho

Benjamin Bull

Anna Smith

Rebekah Harnett

Rebecca Pinnell

Jade Beeston

Charlotte Johnson

Elise Cescatti

Danielle Dutton

Harry Wood

Athletic Union Full Colours

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Athletic Union continually over a number of years. Can only be awarded if half colours have already been received for the same club.

Criteria:

  • A member of an Athletic union club
  • Nominated by the club committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the club in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year. Already received Half Colours award.
  • * ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS AWARD

George Chapman

James Mangan

Joel Moore

Max Benson

Kieran Gill

Katie Griffiths

Georgina Perry

Rochelle Huie

Bonnie Orpin

James Marsh

Sam Kirk

Eleanor Barton

Jacq Bennett

James Miller

George Watkins

Luke Henderson

Danielle Dutton

Most Improved Club of the Year

The award is presented to the club that has demonstrated growth and improvements over the academic year. The club may have significantly increased the number of members and engagement with members in comparison with previous years. This may be through increasing the number or range of activities offered. The club’s completion performance may have significantly improved.

Criteria:

  • Improvement in competition performance and achievement
  • Improvements and or changes made to the way the club operates
  • Well defined committee planning and aims at the start of the year
  • Meeting the aims of the committee as defined at the start of the year
  • Evidence that the club has overcome any problems they might have faced
  • Evidence the club improved the student experience

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Club Charity & Volunteering Impact

The award acknowledges the effort made by a club in relation to charity work and/or fundraising. This is awarded to the club that exhibited good organisational, communication and time management skills whilst pursuing philanthropic objectives.

Criteria:

  • Student engagement
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • Dedication to charitable objectives

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Men's Football

Club Event of the Year

This award recognises a successful club event, both virtually and in person. An event that was innovative, community-building, ambitious, highly successful in its aims, or significantly raised awareness of a relevant topic or culture.

Criteria:

  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • The promotion campaign and how it was conducted
  • Events had a high student turnout in terms of numbers
  • The event was inclusive and did not just include one section of the Aston community

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Women's Football

Club Committee of the Year

This award recognises a successful club committee that have shown high level of organisation, professional behaviour, team work and cohesion with the students’ union and the wider community.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Good record of attendance at Union Council
  • Excellent organisation
  • The committee should have gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected. This may include but is not limited to; running numerous trips, attending numerous competitions, hosting numerous events or a particularly excellent event

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Dance Club

Sports Personality of the Year

The award is presented to a student who is a member of a club and who has inspired, influenced and captured the imagination of other Athletic Union members during the academic year. This is not necessarily through performance in competitions or within a team.

Criteria:

  • Inspiring and influential behaviour and character
  • Recognised and influential personality outside their own club

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Ffion Williams

Club of the Year

The award is presented to an Aston Athletic Union club in recognition of excellent performance by the club. A club that raised the profile of the sport and set an excellent example of behaviour on and off the stage/field of competition.

Criteria:

  • Participation in community volunteering and charity fundraising
  • Set an event during the academic year
  • The club has been affiliated to the Athletic Union throughout the entire academic year
  • The club has no financial deficit
  • Excellent organisation of its activities
  • Consistent good performance in competition
  • Consistent support and involvement of all members
  • A well-structured schedule of training, activities, trips
  • Evidence of committee members maintaining a professional attitude
  • Effective organisation
  • Excellent communication with the Athletic Union and club membership

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Dance Club

Sir Adrian Cadbury Cup

The award is given out in memory of the late Sir Adrian Cadbury, former Chancellor of Aston University and Honorary President of the Aston Athletic Union.

The Sir Adrian Cadbury Cup is presented to an individual student for overall outstanding contribution to sport and to the Aston community. This outstanding contribution can encompass activity within competition and in the wider Aston community life. The award is the highest award given out to an individual by the Aston Athletic Union.

Criteria:

  • Final year student
  • An Aston Athletic Union club member
  • Outstanding contribution to sport and sporting life
  • Contribution to Aston life and/or the wider community including but not limited to volunteering, charitable campaigns and involvement as an Aston Auntie

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Lois Gaskell

Sporting Achivement

This award is for individuals and teams in recognition of their outstanding performance during the academic year. For individuals this may be a performance that has helped their team/club achieve new heights. For teams this may be an exceptional performance or result in a competition.

There may be multiple winners of this award.

Criteria:

  • The individual must have competed in a competitive and recognised competition
  • The individual must have demonstrated exceptional performance

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Georgie Chapman

Societies Federation Silver Award

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Aston Societies Federation. The award is presented to individuals who were outstanding on their services to their societies and did more than was asked of them for the benefits of the society members during the academic year.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in at least 1 academic year (second year or above students)
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Asim Hussain

Yosif Fakhri

Duhua Al-Saadi

Afra Hussain

Ihsun Mustafa

Khadija Begum

Maryam Abdul Rauf

Simrah Ayaz

Mehmuna Qayum

Ahmed Tagelsir

Qasim Khan

Sumeya Frej

Huda Benrekia

Anas Wahba

Reece Wong

Stephen Wright

MD Tamhid Ui Islam

Karishma Patel

Alex Chantrell

Adan Chew

Kevin Singh

Anatasia Manousiradou

Akshara Sharma

Ronald Hang Kin Nam

Joshua Olagunju

Ziana Iddi

Faridot Ola Olabode

Joshua Clouden-Henry

Chanay Collins

Rianne Gbemudu

Kristian Nikolov

Sameen Saqib

Priyanka Jhooty

Eman Abbasi

Danica Davies

Felix Moore

Beckett Hamilton

Chanveer Grewal

Hugh Beney

Amran Parwez

Arnie Buttoo

Denis Dorohoi

Mate Dvornik

Millie Hodson-Walker

Josephine Ager

Leola Davison

Daniela Schneevogt

Natascha Rohde

Danita Lartey

Saarah Sultan

Amara Rose

Samrat Pathak

Dhanisha Chauhan

Amani Rashid

Navdeep Kaur

Charlie Woods

Wan Yeung

Lydia Addison

Joseph Cannon

Aiyesha Swarrn

Amal Ahmad

Lucy Bateman

Matthew Hayden

Samiha Shimla

Lily Yacoub

Felipe Allende

Robert Kotlar

Sandra Abone

Becky Kanthakumar

Chloe Bailey

Stephen Oni

Favour Egharevba

Darlington Kwesi-Osei

Meera Patel

Tulsi Dholakia

Shyam Adatia

Tiya Mistry

Pooja Renganathan

Devanshi Thanki

Costanzo Facchiano

Tommaso Delpozzo

Pearl Minah

Krishna Soni

Maya Patel

Momina Ghani

Polly Payne

Kirsty Allan

Georgie Seaton

Joseph Esapa

Paige Dawson

Long Xin

Charlie Nguyen

Damilola Matthew

Ramat Abdulkadir

Sunny Yooseon Hwang

Keith Leung

Yooseon Hwang

Negin Gholampoor

Divanshi Trivedi

Aaliyah Miller

Muna Ahmed

Chimdi Chibuenyi

Joanna Adeniji

Libby Harewood

Chelsea Mashonga

Rebekah Dinnall

Martin Cooper

Adam Hussain

Priya Shah

Hope Mudau

Lucie Shipp

Kiran Goindi

Ryan Powell

Paul Hands

Jefferson Tan

Sofya Rabinovich

Levans Kecbaja

Simrat Kaur Bahra

Alisha Swali

Savpreet Kaur Dhillo

Amardeep Lotay

Sebastian Faint

Matthew Davis

Sham Hamed

Victoria Humphreys

Rebekah Thomas

Kyra Gunura

Holly Heslop

Abbie Dobbins

Societies Federation Gold Award

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Aston Societies Federation continually over a number of years. Can only be awarded if Silver award have already been received.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year. Already received Silver (formerly Half Colours) award
  • * ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS AWARD

Fatima Akmal Habib

Aleksandr Donodin

Madison Hunter

Daniel Everitt

Tia Sidhu

Maya Bhuhi

Isabel Dixon

Juliet Richardson

Arjun Venu-Gopal

Henry Frasi

Ananya Nair

Most Improved/New Society of the Year

The award is presented to the society that has demonstrated growth and improvements over the academic year. The society may have significantly increased the number of members and engagement with members in comparison with previous years. This may be through increasing the number or range of activities offered.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year. Already received Silver (formerly Half Colours) award
  • * ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS AWARD

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Marketing

Society Charity & Volunteering Impact

The award acknowledges the effort made by a society in relation to charity work and/or fundraising. This is awarded to the society that exhibited good organisational, communication and time management skills whilst pursuing philanthropic objectives.

Criteria:

  • Student engagement
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • Dedication to charitable objectives

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Islamic Society

Society Event of the Year

This award recognises a successful society event, both virtually and in person. An event that was innovative, community-building, ambitious, highly successful in its aims, or significantly raised awareness of a relevant topic or culture.

Criteria:

  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • The promotion campaign and how it was conducted
  • Events had a high student turnout in terms of numbers
  • The event was inclusive and did not just include one section of the Aston community

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Computer Science Aston Hack

Society Committee of the Year

This award recognises a successful club committee that have shown high level of organisation, professional behaviour, team work and cohesion with the students’ union and the wider community.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Good record of attendance at Union Council
  • Excellent organisation
  • The committee should have gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected. This may include but is not limited to; running numerous trips, attending numerous competitions, hosting numerous events or a particularly excellent event

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MedSoc Surgical Society

Society Personality of the Year

The Societies Personality of the Year Award is presented to a student whose actions have most captured the Students’ union/body imagination during the academic year

Other Notes: Each society to nominate one member. The shortlist is to be published before the event.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated character and inspiration

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Beckett Hamilton

Society of the Year

This award is presented to the society that worked hard for the benefits of their members. The society must have has excelled in all areas.

Criteria:

  • Planning fantastic events and a strong committee
  • Raised money for charity
  • Set an event during the academic year
  • The society was affiliated to the Societies Federation for the entire academic year
  • The society has no financial deficit
  • The society has exceeded the expectations of it's members and the Students' Union

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Bright Futures

Society Achievement

The award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding dedication and performance within their society during the academic year. This could be dedication and performance that has helped the society to establish, gain new members and grow or put on new events and services to members.

Criteria:

  • The individual must have demonstrated exceptional performance as compared with the rest of society cohort
  • Dedication to the society
  • Commitment of time and effort over and above what is ordinarily expected

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Afro-Carribean Society

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Drama Society

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Marketing Society

Mentor of the Year for Peer Mentoring

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Levans Kecbaja

Mentee of the Year for Peer Mentoring

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Balraj Singh Purewal

Mentoring Partnership of the Year for Peer Mentoring

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Aksa Maqsood & Zebagan Youniszadeh

Peer Mentoring Special Commendations

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Rebecca Sanmarino

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Sacha Palmer

Mentor of the Year for Postgraduate Mentoring

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Hsiao Hsuan Chen (Vivian Chen)

Mentee of the Year for Postgraduate Mentoring

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Raji Sivaraman

Mentoring Partnership of the Year for Postgraduate Mentoring

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Kiran Kandade & Badawy Saied Younes Sayed

Postgraduate Mentoring Special Commendations

Our first award is for showing extra support during a challenging year.

Another one goes to a mentor who received multiple nominations for helping a number of students

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Kiran Kandade & Badawy Saied Younes Sayed

Mentor of the Year for Professional Mentoring

Our first award is for showing extra support during a challenging year.

Another one goes to a mentor who received multiple nominations for helping a number of students

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Paris Capleton

Mentor of the Year for Professional Mentoring

Our first award is for showing extra support during a challenging year.

Another one goes to a mentor who received multiple nominations for helping a number of students

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Mattithyahu Owolabi

Mentoring Partnership of the Year for Professional Mentoring

Our first award is for showing extra support during a challenging year.

Another one goes to a mentor who received multiple nominations for helping a number of students

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Scott Wallman & Elena Sidor

Mentoring Partnership of the Year for Graduate Mentoring

Our first award is for showing extra support during a challenging year.

Another one goes to a mentor who received multiple nominations for helping a number of students

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Takunda Kadzviti & Anna Stockl