AUA Annual Awards | 2018

The AUA would not be the thriving association it is without the hard work and dedication of you, our members and volunteers. The Annual AUA Awards go some way to recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of our members. This year’s AUA Annual Awards were presented by Adam Alexander of Achievability.

AUA Network Team Award

AUA Bath Team receiving the Networks Team Award, presented by Adam Alexander from Achievability

Making connections and helping people work together is what the AUA does best. This award recognises the teams of network volunteers who work together to get you connected.

Shortlisted for this award were:

  • The University of Bath Advocate team, whose nomination particularly impressed the judging panel, due to the innovative division of labour across the advocates, the wide coverage of services offered to members and the resulting excellent rise in membership numbers.
  • The Liverpool John Moores Advocate team that demonstrated a strong commitment to the AUA Behaviours, and a creative approach to designing CPD resources which have made an impact well beyond their own institution.
  • The University of Nottingham Advocate team, where the judges were impressed by the advocates’ engagement with the AUA and the reach of their activities into the region and beyond.
  • And finally, the University of York Advocate team, whose nomination outlined an impressive, diverse and engaging programme of activity delivered by an Advocate team committed to going the extra mile for their members.

The winner of the 2018 AUA Award for Networks team is the University of Bath Advocate team. 

AUA Member of the Year Award

Ruth Coomber receiving the Member of the Year Award

This award recognises the contribution of an individual member. The judging panel were looking for a high level of commitment and dedication to the AUA, for members who have gone the extra mile to support the development of themselves and others.

Shortlisted for this award were:

  • Katie Allan of University of St Andrews who as Coordinator of the Departmental Administrators’ network delivered a well-received one-day conference with an impressive range of high profile speakers. In addition, Katie supports the St Andrews branch and is delivering a session at this conference.
  • Michael Monaghan of Liverpool John Moores University, whose nomination impressed the panel due to Michael’s ability to inspire and motivate his colleagues through their AUA and career development journeys.
  • Ruth Coomber of Cardiff University, whose nomination told an impressive story of progression through the AUA, of a member who gives tirelessly to the Association, and who has had a great impact on the development of colleagues and peers.
  • And finally Sam Murphy of the University of Birmingham, whose enthusiasm and commitment to the AUA Behaviours, combined with a good range of activities and innovation contributed to a well-received nomination.

This year the 2018 AUA member of the year is Ruth Coomber, Division Manager at Cardiff University.

AUA Lifetime Achievement Award

Jean Grier being presented with the AUA Lifetime Achievement Award 

This Award is being made in recognition of the winner’s invaluable and continuing contribution to the AUA and of her long career in higher education, during which she has embodied the AUA Values.

The winner is a go-to person who is always willing to share her knowledge and expertise of the AUA and HE in general.

A Fellow, who has supported the AUA through writing for AUA publications, good practice guides, events and engaging at a branch and national level, this year’s lifetime achievement award winner is long overdue for recognition.

Our AUA Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Jean Grier, Investigations Manager and Research and Projects at University of Edinburgh.

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