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2018 Divisional Awards

About the 2018 Awards of Excellence

2018 Awards imageThe Division of Sciences held its fourth Awards celebration on Monday 26 November 2018 with a suite of awards acknowledging the excellent work done in many different areas of university life and work: research, teaching, community engagement, technical and administrative support.

Congratulations to all nominees for 2018, and in particular, recipients of each award.

Research awards

Researcher of the Year

The Researcher of the Year Award recognises outstanding research performance by a Principal Investigator within the Division of Sciences.

2018 Recipient: Professor Cliff Abraham (Psychology)


Danny Baillie 2018 Sciences Divisional AwardsEarly-Career Researcher of the Year

The Early-Career Researcher of the Year Award recognises outstanding research performance by an emerging researcher within the Division of Sciences. Academic staff (e.g. Lecturers, Research Fellows) who have held an appointment for a period of at least two years, and who have held an academic appointment for less than a combined total of six years at this and other universities, are eligible for this Award.

2018 recipient: Dr Danny Baillie (Physics)


Light and Matter Group 2018 Divisional Sciences AwardResearch Group of the Year

The Researcher Group of the Year Award recognises outstanding performance by a collaborative research team within the Division of Sciences.

2018 Recipient: Light and Matter Group (Physics)


Matthew Larcombe 2018 Sciences Divisional AwardBest Research Paper – academic staff

Best Research Paper – academic staff
The Best Research Paper Award recognises outstanding scholarship associated with a single research paper led by an Academic staff member within the Division of Sciences.

2018 Recipient: Dr Matthew Larcombe (Botany)


Timothy Bilton 2018 Sciences Divisional AwardBest Research Paper – postgraduate student

The Best Research Paper Award recognises outstanding scholarship associated with a single research paper by a postgraduate student within the Division of Sciences.

2018 Recipient: Timothy Bilton (Maths and Stats)


Engagement awards

Professional Engagement Award

The Outstanding Professional Engagement award recognises outstanding commercialisation of research and/or exceptional research and development collaborations between a University of Otago researcher and their profession or industry. Selection will be made on the basis of the nominal value of the commercialisation or research and development collaborations and/or its likely impact on society (e.g. number of people affected).

2018 Recipient: Associate Professor Rachel Zajac (Psychology)


Community Engagement Award – academic staffMiranda Mirosa 2018 Sciences Divisional Award

The Community Engagement Award gives recognition to engagement with and service to the general public, whether locally, nationally or internationally.

Any academic staff member in the Division of Sciences who has met the research and teaching performance expectations, but excelled beyond expectation in the area of community engagement may be nominated for this Award.

Engagement recognition will focus on initiative and impact of community.

2018 Recipients: Dr Miranda Mirosa (Food Science)


Teaching awards

Elaine Hargreaves 2018 Sciences Divisonal AwardSenior Teacher of the Year Award

The Senior Teacher of the Year Award recognises sustained outstanding tertiary teaching by a staff member within the Division of Sciences. Recognition will focus on demonstrated commitment and creativity in the delivery of high-quality teaching that engages students and results in exceptional learning experiences.

Academic staff members who have held an appointment for a period of more than six years at this and other universities are eligible for this Award.

2018 Recipients: Dr Elaine Hargreaves (PESES)


Robert Smith 2018 Sciences Divisonal AwardEarly-Career Teacher of the Year

This award recognises outstanding tertiary teaching by an emerging teacher within the Division of Sciences. Recognition will focus on distinction in the delivery of high-quality teaching that engages students and results in exceptional learning experiences.

Academic staff members who have held an appointment for a period of at least two years, and who have held an academic appointment for less than a combined total of six years at this and other universities, are eligible for this Award

2018 Recipient: Dr Robert Smith (Marine Science)


Innovation in Māori or Pacific Islands Course Content

This award recognises new initiatives to include Māori and Pacific content in a sustained way in the teaching of sciences.
Any member of teaching staff within the Division of Sciences, including Teaching fellows, Professional Practice Fellows and postgraduate students involved in teaching blocks of courses, is eligible for this award.

2018 Recipient: Dr Chris Hepburn (Marine Science) [Accepted in absentia]


Support staff

Outstanding Technical Support AwardHamish Bowman 2018 Sciences Divisional Award

This Award recognises technical staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Division of Sciences. Criteria for selection centre around workmanship, and both aptitude and attitude of the staff member.

Any member of general staff in the Division of Sciences who holds an appointment to provide technical support for the Division or one of its Departments is eligible for the Award.

2018 Recipient: Hamish Bowman (Geology)


Outstanding Administrative Support AwardNigel Barrett 2018 Sciences Divisional Award

This award recognises administrative staff whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the smooth running of teaching, research and Divisional business. Criteria will focus on sustained excellence, innovation and initiative.

The Award is available to anyone working as a general staff member for .5 FTE or higher.

2018 Recipient: Nigel Barrett (PESES)


Outstanding Student Support Award - advising and mentoringAlison Cree 2018 Sciences Divisional Award

This award recognises the work of any staff member within the Division of Sciences – academic or general staff – who has provided exceptional student advice and support throughout the year.

2018 Recipient: Professor Alison Cree (Zoology)


2017 Division of Sciences Excellence awards