School of English

In recent years, several members of staff and students have received Vice Chancellor's Awards.The medal recognises exceptional achievements from those studying or working at the University of Nottingham. Winners of the award will have demonstrated:

  • Exceptional achievement in any arena;
  • Outstanding contribution to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion in University life;
  • A notable endeavour which has made a difference to the University;
  • A substantive contribution which has enhanced the reputation of the University of Nottingham;
  • Activity which has had a noticeably positive impact for students, staff or the local community;
  • An individual achievement or sustained achievement over a period of time.
Sarah Grandage


Dr Sarah Grandage (Associate Professor in Drama)

Since 2016, Sarah has organised, guided and designed an assortment of engagement activities for a community organisation connected to the School of English at UoN: “The Nottingham Playgoers Group”. This is a civic group consisting of a range of pensioners based in Nottingham, all of whom have a love of local and regional theatre. Following an impromptu email from the group’s founder asking for her to present one session to the group, Sarah has established monthly meetings with the group within the School of English to discuss local and regional shows. The group is like a book club, and has considerable benefits for those who take part in terms of avoiding social isolation and making participants feel part of a broader community.



Dr Kevin Harvey (Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics)

In recognition of his work setting up and running a series of dementia reading groups for school staff and student volunteers to get involved and read to residents of local care homes and hospitals.

Courtney Clarke


 Courtney Clarke (English and History BA Hons student, 2017 - 2020)

For her work setting up a branch of MEDLIFE, a charity which aims to provide medicine, education and development initiatives to low income communities across Africa and South America, and her work as external liaison officer for PhabSoc, supporting the organisation of trips for vulnerable young people.

Vice Chancellors Award at The University of Nottingham. Photos by Alex Wilkinson Media-47


 Jon McGregor (Professor in Creative Writing)

In recognition of his achievements in the field of Creative Writing.  The quality of Jon's writing has been applauded internationally and his recent book, Reservoir 13, recieved the Costa Book Award for best novel.

Annika Bailey


Annika Bailey (PhD student)

For going above and beyond in her various roles at Nottingham Nightline and demonstrating an ongoing passion to ensure that the service Nightline provides is constantly evolving to meet the needs of students.

Bronze coloured medal with University of Nottingham logo in the centre and words The University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor's Achievement surrounding it.


Chrissie Quilty (English BA Hons graduate, 2014-17)

For her joint dedication with Grace Smith (School of Biosciences) to the UoN Equestrian Club by raising awareness for Riding for the Disabled and Disability Equality and her work on the #RampingupEquality campaign.

Andrew Harrison


Dr Andrew Harrison (Associate Professor in English Literature)

For community and outreach projects related to his DH Lawrence research

Christina Lee


Dr Christina Lee (Associate Professor in Viking Studies)

For pioneering interdisciplinary research related to medieval remedies in relation to antibiotic resistance

Bronze coloured medal with University of Nottingham logo in the centre and words The University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor's Achievement surrounding it.


Eve Wersocki Morris (English BA Hons graduate, 2011-14)

For her role as an ambassador for the School of English and contribution to the community

Joanna Robinson


Dr Joanna Robinson (Associate Professor in Drama)

For her work to develop the School’s employability and student placement strategy for English students 

Wenonah Barton


Wenonah Barton (Taught Course Officer)

For her pastoral work with students on the UK and international campuses.

Ronald Carter


Professor Ron Carter (Emeritus Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics)

For his contribution to the University’s vision of international and local civic responsibility



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