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King's Awards 2012: Celebrating staff & student achievement

Posted on 03/12/2012

Outstanding achievements of the College community have been recognised and celebrated at the sixth annual King's Awards. One hundred and fifty staff, students and alumni attended the ceremony in the Great Hall at the Strand Campus on Friday 30 November. There were fifteen categories of awards which included the reintroduction of the Professional Services Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, a very special commendation given to a long-serving member of staff. 


Sky News' Political Editor and King's College London Council member, Adam Boulton, hosted the event and King's students provided the musical entertainment.  The Madeleine String Quartet, the King's College London Jazz Society Quartet, classical pianist Louise Wang and True Praise, the King's College London Gospel Music Society, delighted guests whilst they enjoyed a two course meal. The King's Awards began with a short film that featured nominees and also some of those who had nominated them.

This year, for the first time, all staff and students were given the opportunity to nominate colleagues who they felt had made an outstanding contribution to the College. Winners were chosen by an expert panel which included the Principal, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Professor Eeva Leinonen, former Vice-Principal (Education), and Maxine Taylor, Director of External Relations.

The winners of the 2012 King's Awards are:

  • Most Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience: Ann Conlon, Head of the Counselling Service
  • Excellence & Innovation in the Arts: Ben Quash, Professor of Christianity & the Arts, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, School of Arts & Humanities
  • Most Significant Contribution to Information & Communication Technology (ICT): Tom Laws, Business Planning Co-ordinator, Directorate of students & Education Support
  • Excellence in Innovation & Impact: Professor Catherine Boyle, Head of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, School of Arts & Humanities
  • Most Innovative Teacher: Kevin Bryant, Lecturer in Health Policy Management, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • Most Significant Contribution to International Collaboration: Dr Benedict Schofield, Lecturer in the Department of German
  • Investigator of the Year: Robert Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry & Psychopathology, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Media Personality of the Year: Professor David Cowan, Head of Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring at the Drug Control Centre, School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Excellence in Outreach & Widening Participation: Dr Bernard Gowers, Lecturer in the Department of History, School of Arts & Humanities
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services:
    • Matthew Ferguson, Associate Head of Principal Gift Development, Fundraising & Supporter Development
    • Oluchi Uduku, Senior Project Manager, Estates & Facilities
    • Special Commendation: Sarah Somers, Director of Operations, Department of Defence Studies, School of Social Science & Public Policy
  • Most Significant Contribution to Public Engagement: Professor Clive Page, Joint Head of Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Research Project of the Year: Margaret Cox OBE (and the HapTEL project team), Professor of Information Technology in Education, Dental Institute and and Department of Education & Professional Studies, School of Social Science & Public Policy
  • Supervisory Excellence Award: Professor Rob Imrie, Department of Geography, School of Social Science & Public Policy
  • Principal's Award:
    • Revd Tim Ditchfield, College Chaplain
    • Katherine Grainger MBE, PhD Student in The Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:
    • Professor Peter McGuffin, MRC SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry
    • Professor Robin Morse, The Dickson Poon School of Law

The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, said: 'It was a particular pleasure to host an evening of celebration that brought together members of the King's community. We celebrated not only the King's Awards winners, but also those who were nominated for Awards by their peers and the many staff and students who took the time to nominate their colleagues.'

Celia Hall, a student in the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, commented: 'I am very proud to have been part of the King's Awards.  The response I got from the person I nominated has really validated that.'

Oluchi Uduku, Senior Project Manager for Estates & Facilities and winner of a Professional Services Award, said: 'It's a great feeling to be recognised for your performance and delivery. I think the King's Awards are a really important and brilliant idea because there are lots of staff working behind the scenes to make the College work like clockwork and it's lovely that there's an opportunity for them to be recognised.'

For further information please contact Amber Burrow-Goldhahn, Internal Communications Officer at King's College London, on 0207 848 3212 or

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