Staff Awards 2018 winners announced

Staff from across the University were recognised at the Staff Awards 2018 ceremony, which took place in the Liverpool Guild of Students.

Almost 300 staff attended the event where BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Roger Phillips, revealed the winners.

Winners included the Zika Engagement and Support Team who received the Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement Award. Based at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, they were recognised for their work responding to the Zika crisis in South America through improvement of the diagnostic testing for virus, searching for a vaccine candidate and improving outreach and support for mothers and families affected by the virus.

In the individual category for Research Impact of the Year, Professor Chris Sutcliffe was recognised for his work in developing 3D printed metal implants used to treat patients who have experienced trauma or debilitating joint disease of the hip, knee and spine.

Dr Cecilia Barr from the Chief Operating Officer’s Office was awarded the Evans Memorial Professional Services award for her outstanding work in delivering the inaugural One PS Conference in June 2018, attended by more than 1,500 Professional Services Staff.

The Asylum Seekers Bursary Group won the team category for the David Ellams Award for Outstanding Contribution. This cross-departmental team was awarded for its work in developing a new scheme that provides bursaries for one of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, enabling them to succeed regardless of origin or background.

Dr Michael Gunther from the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease was presented with the Greatest Contribution to the Student Experience for his work developing the flagship third year dissection module on the Anatomy programme. The module is hugely valued by the students and a crucial contributor to excellent student feedback with 100% satisfaction on the National Student Survey. The Anatomy degree programme has been ranked first in the Guardian university league tables for the last five years.

The 2018 Staff Awards Brochure from the evening is now available to view online.

Staff can also see the full gallery of images (available to view and download) by logging into Image Asset Bank and searching ‘Staff Awards 2018’.

Recognising excellence

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Beer said: “Our annual Staff Awards offer a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to celebrate and recognise the exceptional work of colleagues. It’s a chance to reflect on the skills and innovations that contribute to the University’s success and impact.

“This year’s judging panel comprised University staff from across the Faculties and Professional Services. I would like to thank all those who have taken the time, thought and effort to nominate colleagues for an award this year. I am proud to lead an institution with such talented and committed staff who work together to achieve the University’s ambitions for the future and I would like to thank you for all your dedication.”

The full list of winners and those commended are below:

Sir Alastair Pilkington Awards

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Winner
Mark Jellicoe (School of Psychology)

Faculty of Science and Engineering Winner
Dr James Cooper (School of Environmental Sciences)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Winner
ULMS Academic Advisor Trial (University of Liverpool Management School)

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award (Hosted by the Safety Advisor’s Office

Winner – Chemistry Health and Safety team (Department of Chemistry)


Stewart Crowe (Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services, Estates Management)

HSS Health, Safety and Resilience Management Group (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Dr Tom Price (Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour)

Apprentice of the Year

Winner – Louise Simpson (Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease)


Sean Murphy (Institute of Infection and Global Health)

Claire Hough (The Academy, Human Resources)


Alan Beeston Early Career Researcher of the Year

Winner – Dr Jo Fothergill (Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology)


Dr Dominic Byrne (Department of Biochemistry)

Dr David Jeffery (Department of Politics)


Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement

Individual category

Winner – Dr Suzi Gage (Department of Psychological Sciences)


Dr Laura Bonnett (Institute of Translational Medicine)

Dr Esme Miskimmin (Department of English)

Team category

Winner – Zika Engagement & Support Team (Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and



HARC Bequeathals Team (Centre for Educational Development)

LivWiSE: Liverpool Women in Science and Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Innovation of the Year

Winner – Research Finance Forecasting Tool (Research, Partnerships and Innovation and the Computing Services Department)


Integrative Biology Career Development Group (Institute of Integrative Biology)

LIC Progression Route System Development Team (External Relations, Marketing and Communications and Computing Services Department)


Lecturer of the Year

Joint Winners – Deborah Tyfield and Lucy Yeatman (School of Law)


Dr James Cooper (Department of Geography and Planning)

Alison Reid (Institute of Veterinary Science, Veterinary Education)


Research Impact of the Year

Winner – Centre for the Study of International Slavery (Department of Politics)

Winner – Professor Chris Sutcliffe (Centre for Materials and Structures)


Children’s Rights Training For Lawyers

Transforming End-of-Life Care


Partnership of the Year

Winner – Alder Hey Partnership (Cross-Departmental)


Volunteer of the Year

Winner – Robert Pettit (Institute of Veterinary Science)


Winner – Walking for Health (Cross-Departmental)


Eva Caamaño-Gutiérrez (Institute of Integrative Biology)

Joy Vogt (External Relations, Marketing and Communications)


Inspirational Leader of the Year

Winner – Professor Matthew Baylis (Department of Epidemiology and Population Health)


Winner – Katie Lynch (Sport Liverpool)


Judith King (External Relations, Marketing and Communications)

Neil Macdonald (Department of Geography and Planning)


David Ellams Award for Outstanding Contribution

Individual Category

Winner – Professor Paul Nolan (Department of Physics)


Tony Brandwood (Institute of Veterinary Science)

Steve Summers (Computing Services Department)

Team Category

Winner – Asylum Seekers Bursary Group (Cross-Departmental)


IIB Career Development Organising Committee (Institute of Integrative Biology)

UKVI Tier 4 Audit Working Group (Cross-Departmental)


Evans Memorial Professional Services Individual Award

Individual Category

Winner – Dr Cecilia Barr (Chief Operating Officer’s Office)


Lucy Cartwright (Careers & Employability)

Paul Gilbert (Institute of Integrative Biology)

Team Category

Winner – ITM Technical Team (Institute of Translational Medicine)


Foundation Building Cleaners – Ann Fitzpatrick and Mary Riozzi (Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services)

FRCS Maintenance Review Team (Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services)

Greatest Contribution to the Student Experience    

Individual Category

Winner – Dr Michael M Gunther (Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease)


Steven Bode (Department of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design)

Paul Matthews (University of Liverpool Management School, Marketing and Operations)

Team Category

Winner – Schwartz Round Project team (Cross-Departmental)


Institute of Life and Human Sciences Employability team (Institute of Life and Human Sciences)

Law Extra (School of Law and Social Justice)

Image below: All the commended candidates






2 thoughts on “Staff Awards 2018 winners announced

  1. Emma Nolan

    We’re really pleased that Prof Chris Sutcliffe won the award for Research Impact. My team works with many other inventors and contributors who put in a lot of additional time and effort to get life-changing technologies to market….can we have an additional prize category… Inventor of the Year?

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