School of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Gerardo Adesso shortlisted in the '2017 Oscars' of the higher education sector

Professor Adesso has been shortlisted in the 'Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year' category in a national competition to highlight the best of higher education.

The University is up for awards in two categories in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 announced on Thursday 7 September. The awards are widely recognised as ‘the Oscars’ of the higher education sector. Each year the THE Awards attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life. 

The ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year Award’ is given to the individual who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students. Judges will be looking for nominees with a variety of qualities including a pioneering approach to supervision, demonstrable enthusiasm for the role, the ability to challenge students intellectually, and offering constructive employment and career advice post-graduation.

Professor Gerardo Adesso was nominated by Head of School Professor Ian Dryden for his “outstanding relationship” with his PhD students. A graduate of the University of Salerno, Italy, he joined Nottingham in 2009 as a lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2016. His world-class research and reputation around quantum correlations, and his charismatic leadership, means he receives dozens of PhD applications every year.

Professor Dryden, said: “There are a number of factors that distinguish Gerardo among other successful PhD supervisors. He nurtures the talent of potential students even before they start a PhD, through inspiring teaching, coordination of the summer research bursary programme and organisation of an undergraduate showcase for all the bursary awardees.”

He added: “Gerardo is a never ending source of guidance and stimulus for his students. He simply cares for his students as for a big family, and is outstandingly skilled and talented in bringing the best out of all of them and proudly accompanying them in their scientific and personal growth.”

Professor Adesso, said: “I am humbled and honoured to receive this nomination, which comes as a surprise! Huge thanks go to my current and former PhD students, who are a constant source of excitement, support, challenge, and reward. Having the privilege to guide them, helps me mature every day as a scientist as well as a human being.

“I am also very happy that our research environment in the School of Mathematical Sciences gets recognised as a thrilling venue for nurturing talent.”

It is the adaptability, efficiency and creativity displayed by individuals, teams and institutions that the Times Higher Education will honour when the awards ceremony takes place on 30 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Posted on Tuesday 12th September 2017

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