News archive 2010
Recognising success: King’s Awards 201024 Sep 2010, PR 203/10
The 2010 King’s Awards reception took place last night (Thursday 23 September) in the Weston Room, Maughan Library. For the fourth year, members of the College community gathered to celebrate the excellence and contributions of staff and students.
Lifetime achievement award winner, Professor Brian Davies, who has spent his 30-year career at King’s, thanked all the colleagues, collaborators and administrators he had worked with in that time in his speech. He noted the substantial progress that the College had made since he joined – particularly the acquisition of iconic buildings to expand the estate. He also commented on the College’s rise in the international league tables.
(See below for details of all award winners).
The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of all staff, students and alumni.
The winners of the 10 categories are:
- Research project of the year - Twins research, Professor Tim Spector, School of Medicine
- Innovative teacher of the year – Professor Arthur Burns, School of Arts & Humanities
- Supervisory excellence award – Professor Jian Dai, School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
- Academic author of the year – Dr Alice Rio, School of Arts & Humanities
- Media personality of the year – Professor Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry
- Innovation & impact award – Health, Environment & Innovation project undertaken by the Environmental Research Group, Professor Frank Kelly, School of Biomedical Sciences
- Excellence & innovation in the arts award - Queer @ King’s, Dr Robert Mills, School of Arts & Humanities
- International collaboration of the year award - The African Leadership Centre, Dr Funmi Olonisakin, School of Social Science & Public Policy
- Principal’s award – Winners of the 17th Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot – Shingirirai Chaza, Oliver Coddington, Scheherazade Dubash, Ziva Filipic, Bhavna Gokaldas, Katherine Lim, Gabriel Olearnik, Heloise Robinson, Greg Travaini and Ben Waidhofer, School of Law
- Lifetime achievement award – Lord Raymond Plant, Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy, School of Law, and Professor Brian E Davies FRS, School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.
Dr ’Funmi Olonisakin has also been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award for International Collaboration.
Adam Boulton, Sky News’ Political Editor and member of College Council, reprised the role of Master of Ceremonies while the Principal presented the 20 winners with their awards.
[Staff and students can read more about the King's Awards 2010 on their webpages]
Notes to editors
King's College London
King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2010 QS international world rankings), The Sunday Times 'University of the Year 2010/11' and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has nearly 23,000 students (of whom more than 8,600 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and some 5,500 employees. King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.
King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.
King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.
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