Success Awards 2017

The sixth annual UCSU Success Awards took place on 30th March 2017 at the Shap Wells Hotel, near Penrith.  A formal reception and three course dinner was served before the awards ceremony. Awards were made to staff and students from across each of the main University of Cumbria sites; Brampton Road and Fusehill Street in Carlisle, Ambleside, Lancaster and London.

A highlight of the academic year, the event was attended by over 120 students, staff, friends and guests of the University.  The Success Awards aim to celebrate the successes and achievements of the students and staff that make the University of Cumbria community such a special place to learn and work.

The Awards were presented by UCSU’s elected full time officers – Bethany Cutter (Community & Partnership Officer), Theresa Pellegrino (Academic Officer) and Rowan Cooper-Gritten (Welfare & Support Officer). University of Cumbria Vice-Chancellor Julie Mennell also made an introductory speech to the awards.

Here are the Success Award Winners 2017:

Representative of the Year: Samuel Poultney

“It’s such a cliché but I’m in shock. I didn’t aim to get recognition for the work I have done. The main aim was to get other people involved and passionate about their environment and its conservation. Thanks to the other committee members for their continued and unfailing help and support.”


Out of Sight Award: Kim Green

“Pleased I have been recognised for everything I do and provide.”




Community Award: Carlisle Reception Team

“Delighted to be appreciated and to win this award.”



Most Creative Teaching Award: Nicola Kitchen

"Thank you. The best part of my job is you, the students. Tutors, like teachers and children can only be creative when they feel safe. Thank you for making me feel safe enough to take some risks."

Student Group Member of the Year: Karishma Asher

"This year I hoped to open up the Society to students with an interest in literature regardless of their course; being nominated and winning the award (hopefully!) means everyone involved enjoyed our events as much as I enjoyed organising them. None of this would have been possible without the rest of the English Society's admin team, or without the support of the English department and the SU - thank you!"

Special Award: Martin Dodd

"I was delighted to hear I'd been recognised after what has been a decade of involvement of some kind with UCSU. Please let it be noted I'm ever grateful to the opportunities UCSU gave me and UoC in fact, I literally wouldn't be where I am without them. At the same time I'm glad what I could give back over that time as officer and more recently Trustee, am thankful to everyone else that has been apart of that time and pleased to see the Union in as good a position as I've ever seen it. I'm sure it will go from strength to strength going forward..."

Student Support Staff Award: Finn H Drude

“It means the world to me, this is the greatest honour I could receive from the students.”




Research Project of the Year: Neil Thomas

 “I’m in the final year of my PhD, so in the closing stages. We’ve just finished data collection so we’ve done four studies in total. This award is for the first project, the first experiment of the project, and it’ been very interesting. Very taxing but good, worth it.”



Volunteer of the Year: Ross Taylor

“[It] means so much that it proves hard work does pay off. [It] shows that being a student is more than just learning”.



Lecturer of the Year: Dr Grace Hurford

“Thrilled and delighted – pleasure and a privilege to work with our students.”



Student of the Year: Alison Field and Tracy Appiah

“Thank you so much for the nomination and support I’ve had at uni, and long may it continue.” - Alison

"I am overwhelmed with joy! It is an amazing feeling to be the winner of the student of the year award. The award signifies all my hard work, energy and commitment to my passion and determination of becoming a primary teacher. It also highlights the impact I make on people in general. I am very grateful! It has been a long journey and I am so glad that it has been a blessed and successful one!" - Tracy

See some of the highlights of the ceremony here: