It’s awards season at the University, with students and staff receiving accolades at dinners and awards ceremonies over the past few weeks.
There will be other presentations and recognition later in the semester.
DUSA Society Awards
Society of the Year – Indian Society
Have done an exceptional job of promoting Indian culture, food and traditions and integrating them within the University, the Indian Society were awarded Society of the Year.
This year, the Society events for Holi and Diwali were bigger and better than ever before, and the Society also hosted new events including Dandiya night. They have collaborated with many other societies throughout the year have thrived as a society despite having to overcome a lot of hardships and difficulties.
Best New Society – Participation Society
They were nominated for providing mental and physical health improvement for its members and for being very welcoming and inclusive to all members.
“A reason to get out of bed on Wednesday morning”.
Most Progressive Society – Sign Language Society
Increased social media presence and increased awareness of classes and events has led to this award.
A curriculum was created that can be passed on to future officers and the society have focussed on inclusion of the deaf community and other minority groups.
Best Society Event – Aerial Society Annual Show
The Annual Show was nominated for being the biggest show the Aerial Society have ever put on.
Members were able to showcase their talents without the pressure of a competition and feedback from attendees was resoundingly positive.
Society Achievement Award – Monica Kurrikoff
Monica has given so much to Aerial Society and made so many members feel welcome despite not holding a committee position. She assisted in 1:1 choreography and represented the University in a regional competition despite having a broken foot.
She has displayed extraordinary dedication to her Society this year.
Most Active Society – Bulgarian Society
The Bulgarian Society received the most nominations for any Society in any category.
The team have come up with new ideas and events to familiarise students with Bulgarian culture. They have been seen, heard and provided experiences on campus unmatched by others.
RAG Event of the Year – Dundee University Against Poverty (DUAP)
Society members grouped together and raised £2,500 for Sleep in the Park.
They nominated and promoted Dundee Foodbank as the RAG charity and have consistently raised funds and collected food for it.
Journalist of the Year – Mariya Radeva
Mariya’s nomination stated that she “seeks to enable the student body to be fearless in using their words as a weapon to bring about a better tomorrow. Her piece titled – ‘Do you want to live in a lie? – It’s a dangerous world to be a journalist’ seeks to do precisely this. To inspire people to be to be truthful, regardless of the risk.”
Best Media Newcomer – Thanos Kyratzis
Thanos received his nomination for his insightful, moving and well researched writing. He has been heavily involved with the coverage of Elections this year, namely writing an incredible piece on the importance of Hustings via Fibre Media.
Volunteer of the Year – Caitlin Macinnes
Caitlin has occupied the position of Academic Events Coordinator in the Dundee University Life Sciences Society for the past two years.
She has created multiple new events and facilitated everything with little external assistance. She has also taken the time to mentor volunteers to ensure her position is continued in the future.
Media Contributor of the Year – Barbara Mertlova
Barbara has been this year’s Magdalen Deputy Editor, her nomination states that “She goes above and beyond by being not only a gifted journalist but a teacher, who prioritises the overall talent of the team above her own career ambition and time. Her ability to jump between a designers mind-set and an editors’ one has also been invaluable. We have always struggled to bridge the gap between these two departments, but Barbara has ensured that through friendship and discussion, the editorial team greater understands the position of the designers and relate to them more.”
DUSA Media Awards
Mary Erin Kinch, presented by Murray Glen, editor in chief, Magdalen
Student-led Teaching Awards
Most Inspirational Teaching
- Paul Campbell
- Hari Hundal
- Robert Muirhead
- Andrew Black
- Jacques Hartmann
Best Assessment and Feedback
Michael Ramsay – Winner
- Matt Graham
- Mark Robertson
Best Adviser or Personal Tutor
Carolyn Johnstone – Winner
- Jacqueline Eccles
- Iain Rennie
Best Postgraduate Supervisor
Sarah McKim – Winner
- Caroline Erolin
- Susie Schofield
Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience (non-teaching)
Steven Barclay – Winner
- Judy Scott
- Ruth O’Riordan
Outstanding Commitment to Student Welfare
Jackie Malcolm – Winner
- Carmen Garcia Del Rio
- Andrew Mason
Innovation in Teaching
Jacques Hartmann – Winner
- Richard Holme
- Caroline Kupper-Tetzel
Best Distance Learning Tutor or Adviser
Tim Lovering – Winner
- Ilona Koti
- Angela Lindsay
Honorary Student-led Teaching Awards
Outstanding Contribution to Student and the DUSA Executive
Awarded to Keith Mackle
Outstanding Contribution and Services to Distance Learners
Awarded to Dr Susie Schofield
Outstanding Contribution to Student Representation and Democracy
Awarded to Stewart Squire
Dundee Plus Awards
School Tutoring Plus Award
Award for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching
Winner – Rachael Reid – History with German (3rd Year). Rachel completed a placement at Langlands Primary School in Forfar
Leadership Plus Award
Mentoring programme for students in a leadership position.
Winner Hollie Carter – Physics (3rd Year)
Business Plus Award
An Award which recognises skills develop through business related activities such as work experience and business games.
Winner Mary Moran (MSc Management & Human Resources)
Your Dundee Plus Award
General skills development programme encompassing a broad range of skills developed through extra-curricular activity.
Winner Ella Curzon – Graphic Design (4th Year)
Global Plus Award
Award which recognises skills developed through travel.
Winner Zara Elmi – Graphic Design (4th Year)