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22 November 2019

Faculty staff win awards for their outstanding achievements

Congratulations to our staff who have won and been shortlisted for awards this month.

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From L-R: Sian Norris, Julia Philippou, Ian Norman, Jaqualyn Moore, Annie Holme and Mary Raleigh at the King's Awards Ceremony

We are delighted that the work of staff from our Faculty has been recognised at two international maternity award ceremonies and the university’s own King’s Awards in recent weeks.

Success for Dr Shawn Walker on the international stage

Dr Shawn Walker, midwifery lecturer and breech specialist midwife, won two awards and was highly commended for a third, for her work to improve care pathways for women giving birth to babies in the breech position (bottom or feet first, instead of headfirst).

Shawn won the International Improving Safety Award and was highly commended for the International Research Innovation Award at the inaugural International Maternity Expo Awards. Earlier this month, Shawn was also recognised at a maternity conference in Greece.

Shawn teaches on our pre-registration midwifery BSc and MSc courses. Her research into breech birth includes having developed and evaluated a physiological breech birth training programme, which is delivered to more than 2,000 healthcare professionals across the world each year through a not-for-profit Breech Birth Network Community Interest Company, of which Shawn is Director.

You can find out more about Shawn's work on her blog: 

Recognition for our staff at the King’s Awards

Dr Julia Philippou wins international award

Dr Julia Philippou was the winner of the Most Significant Contribution to Internationalisation at the King’s Awards, for her leadership of the Faculty’s partnership with Ngee Ann Academy in Singapore.


Julia with students in Singapore
Julia with students in Singapore

Julia is course lead of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours, which is delivered as a mixture of classroom sessions and online learning and is for qualified nurses in Singapore. The course welcomed its first students in July 2018 and there are now four cohorts of students joining every year it is the first course offered by King’s which is taught fully outside of the UK.

This award is an acknowledgment for the huge amount of work and effort going on behind the scenes by many people, all leading to a smooth, stimulating and satisfying experience of our community of learners. I am delighted to have received this award and very grateful to King’s Awards for recognising the contribution of this work to the international community.

Dr Julia Philippou

Find out more: Developing a global community of nurses to improve patient care

Dr Jacqualyn Moore wins service to society award

Dr Jacqualyn Moore was joint recipient of the Most Significant Contribution in Serving the Needs & Aspirations of Society award, for her work teaching about oncology and palliative care at Bethlehem University.

Jaqualyn set up the postgraduate Oncology and Palliative Care Nurse programme in Bethlehem in 2016. This is the only education in this field available in Palestine. Students who have successfully completed the programme are already making an impact on the care of people living with cancer and those needing end of life care and their families and carers, including graduates from the first two cohorts setting up a paediatric palliative care outreach programme providing care in patients' homes.

The other recipient was Andy Leather, Director, King’s Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

I feel both delighted and honoured to receive the award. To receive recognition for the work I do in Bethlehem by colleagues within the university is a great feeling.

Dr Jaqualyn Moore
Jaqualyn with students in Bethlehem
Jaqualyn with students in Bethlehem

Dr Mary Raleigh shortlisted for innovation and impact award

Dr Mary Raleigh from our Department of Adult Nursing was part of the multi-faculty team shortlisted for the Excellence in Innovation and Impact award. The Interprofessional Recognition of the Unwell Patient project team redesigned a clinical simulation module for first year medical and nursing students. Interdisciplinary learning such as this helps King’s students develop team-based skills for delivering care to patients. These skills are important when students go on clinical placements in our local communities as part of their degree course.

Dr Matthew Maddocks shortlisted for supervisory excellence

Dr Matthew Maddocks was shortlisted for the University Supervisory Excellence award. Matthew was one of nine supervisors shortlisted for this award by winning the King's Centre for Doctoral Studies Supervisory Award. The supervisory excellence award is organised by the Centre for Doctoral Studies to recognise the important role that supervisors play in supporting our postgraduate research students. Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research in the Cicely Saunders Institute.

I am absolutely delighted that our staff have been recognised for the tremendous contribution that they have made to the King’s mission, which is ‘to make the world a better place’. Please join me in congratulating Julia, Jaqualyn and Shawn and also Mary and Matthew on their achievements.

Professor Ian Norman, Executive Dean

About the International Maternity Expo Awards

The International Maternity Expo Awards are hosted by the Maternity & Midwifery Forum and All4Maternity. The awards recognise and celebrate the very finest global examples of maternity care, research and best practice.

About the King’s Awards

The King’s Awards recognise the achievements of staff and alumni. All staff and students can nominate a member of staff or a team who has made an outstanding contribution to King's. In 2019, 350 nominations were received across 17 categories from all faculties and directorates. 51 individuals and teams were shortlisted before the winners were announced at a ceremony on 21 November 2019.   

In this story

Shawn  Walker

Senior Research Fellow and Clinical academic midwife

Mary Raleigh

Associate Dean (Practice Learning) and Senior Lecturer