King's Awards 2014: Celebrating success
Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences) and Professor Sir Robert Lechler (Health).
The King’s Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of staff and alumni. More than 240 nominations were submitted, almost twice as many as last year. The winners were selected by the Judging Panel, chaired by the President & Principal of King’s College London, Professor Edward Byrne.
Three awards were introduced to showcase the broad range of talent that exists across the university. Excellence in Customer Service was one of the new awards and recognised those who consistently exceeded customer expectations.
Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences) and Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal (Health) hosted the King’s Awards ceremony, along with John Kampfner, journalist and lay member of the College Council. The newly refurbished Great Hall at the Strand Campus provided an elegant setting for the Awards which were held on Thursday 27 November 2014.
The guests were entertained by Ailie Robertson, a harpist and alumni of King’s, and the Medical Students’ Association Musical Theatre who provided a rousing performance.
An uplifting film featuring some of the shortlisted nominees and those who had nominated individuals or teams was played at the start of the ceremony. It conveyed how important colleagues believe the Awards are in recognising some of the ‘unsung heroes’, whose contribution to the success of the university is invaluable.
One of the many highlights was a video message from Dr Oliver Johnson, Programme Director, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership for Global Health. Dr Johnson received two awards – Most Significant Contribution to International Collaboration and the prestigious Alumnus of the Year Award – for leading a team responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone since March 2014. He spoke about being ‘very humbled by these awards, which I accept very much on behalf of the rest of the team out here, many of whom are alumni and who have done some exceptional work’.
The winners of the 2014 King’s Awards are:
Most Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience
Dr James Bjork
Most Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services
Dr Joanna Cunningham
Most Innovative Teacher
Dr Alice Collier
Excellence in Customer Service
College Supervisory Excellence Award
Dr Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei
Diversity in the Workplace
Dr Elizabeth Black
Most Significant Contribution to International Collaboration
Dr Oliver Johnson
Research Project of the Year
Professor Louise Arseneault
Professor Anatoly Zayats
Research Project of the Year: Early Career Researcher
Dr Benjamin Bray
Excellence in Outreach & Widening Participation
Most Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement
Archives & Special Collections Team
Media Personality of the Year
Dr Sally Marlow
Most Outstanding Collaboration
Angela Parry and the Key Account Managers
Alumnus of the Year Award
Dr Oliver Johnson
Helen Hudson Award
Excellence in Innovation & Impact
Professor Jonathan Corcoran
Dr Trudi Darby
Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman