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Christchurch campus recognises academic excellence and key values

Wednesday 11 April 2018 11:37am

Research Adviser Kosta Tabakakis (left) was one of many Christchurch campus staff members to be recognised at this year's Academic Welcome. He received an Integrity Award for his "pro-active, supportive, and highly efficient handling of research proposals" from Deputy Dean Professor Vicky Cameron.

Christchurch campus staff who personify important values such as leadership and integrity were recognised at this year’s Academic Welcome.

This is the second year an Academic Welcome has been held at the University’s Christchurch campus. The ceremony is to welcome new staff and students, to recognise academic achievement from the previous year, and to present ‘Value Awards’.

Christchurch campus Dean Professor David Murdoch says as well as academic excellence, values such as respect, collaboration, social accountability, leadership and integrity are crucial to a positive and productive campus. Awards are given to those staff or students who epitomise those values. 

The recipients of the Value Awards were:

Integrity Award

  • Research Adviser Kosta Tabakakis for pro-active, supportive, and highly efficient handling of research proposals.
  • Laboratory manager Anthony Mitchell for his diligent and good-humored management of laboratories.

Social Accountability Award

  • Physiotherapy Senior Lecturer Dr Hilda Mulligan for her involvement in several community rehabilitation programmes.
  • Anesthetist Dr Wayne Morriss for establishing pain management programmes for Pacific Island doctors and for his efforts to improve safe anaesthesia and surgery worldwide.

Leadership Award

  • Deputy Dean Professor Vicky Cameron for leadership in external engagement.
  • Professor Doug Sellman of the National Addiction Centre for his advocacy for addiction issues in New Zealand.
  • Outgoing Postgraduate Student Otago (Christchurch) Association President Bee Bathish.
  • Physiotherapy student Bridget Watson for her volunteer work with children with disabilities.

Collaboration Award

  • Dr Beverly Burrell of the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies for fostering and developing positive relationships with the nursing profession.
  • Cardiology Ward Clerk Jill Murphy for her contribution to teaching support.

Respect Award

  • Free radical scientist Professor Tony Kettle for his passion and commitment to science communication.
  • Dr Yassar Almari for mentoring struggling students and building support networks for Muslim students.

Nephrologist Professor Suetonia Palmer won the campus’ prestigious Gold Medal for Research, and Emergency Medicine specialist Professor Mike Ardagh won the Gold Medal for Teaching.

Outgoing Pro-Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences, Professor Peter Crampton was presented with a gift from the campus to show respect and appreciation of his leadership over the years.

Professor Peter Crampton with his gift from the Christchurch campus..