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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

Daniel Robson 

Most Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services

Dr Joanna Cunningham 

Most Innovative Teacher

Dr Alice Collier 

Excellence in Customer Service

Tim Gleeson

College Supervisory Excellence Award

Dr Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei

Sustainability Award

Allison Hunter

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

Billy Reed 

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 

Roland Doven

David Martinelli

Excellence in Innovation & Impact

Professor Jonathan Corcoran

Michael Hill-King 

Principal’s Award

Dr Trudi Darby

Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman