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2017 award winners 

The winners received their awards at the School of Medicine Annual Event 2016 on 6 December 2017. 

Joanna Zuranska - Support Staff Award

Joanna has worked incredibly hard to support the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing during its reorganisation and expansion. Over the last year she has worked with 31 members of staff and PhD students to move them to new office space. Not only has she planned the move, but she has demonstrated outstanding change management skills when asking people to give up their rooms and has always made herself available when people had concerns they wanted to discuss. In addition, she has stayed late to help people move and throughout the reorganisation she has remained calm, considerate and supportive.

She also went out of her way to work with the School of Health Sciences while the flood damage in the Education Centre was resolved. This had a knock on effect on the  re-organisation plan, but again she handled people’s disappointment with calmness and sincerity.


Karen Robinson - Research Award

Karen has transformed the student experience. She has re-energised Divisional commitment to PGR matters and has implemented a wide-ranging reform of QA processes. She has provided exemplary levels of support to both colleagues and PGR students in the School. The level of dedication and time she has taken to review, refine and enhance every aspect of PGR processes has left her colleagues with a clear view that she has gone 'above and beyond'. 


John Frain - Teaching Award

He always reflects and acts upon student feedback to continuously improve both clinical skills training and the logistics of delivery and constantly drives the clinical skills curriculum forward, keeping it at the cutting edge of best practice.  He laid the foundations of critical thinking, introducing coursework which asks students to research and present the evidence base behind the common clinical skills they may otherwise take for granted. He introduced clinical communication skills sessions to our widening participation students on their foundation year. Aside from this, he continues to make an excellent contribution to his team and his subject discipline locally, nationally and internationally.


Amanda Gates - Community/Partnership Award

Amanda has really put people and patients at the forefront of every aspect of her work. She single-handedly supports all of the human-volunteer/patient research studies run from the Clinical, Metabolic & Molecular Physiology Research Group. She does this to the highest standard, ensuring recruitment and retention success. She puts the needs of the volunteers above her own, often agreeing to start early in the morning or finish late to accommodate their requirements. Many volunteers have specifically named her in letters of thanks.

She has also been instrumental in developing new research methodologies which have enhanced the division’s research portfolio. In addition she offers excellent study guidance and pastoral care to a wide variety of basic science and clinical PGR students and junior support staff and often offers her non-timetabled time to the students to ensure they understand the concepts and skills she has taught.


Melanie Lingaya and Julie Moss - Anne-Marie Dwyer Staff Choice Award

Melanie is responsible for supporting PIs and nurses undertaking a diverse range of clinical and scientific research projects:  

  • She provided clinical support to the liver research team by organising a trip to India to extract DNA from 2000 blood samples. This required her to overcome many obstacles, including issues with power cuts and limited equipment. While doing this she demonstrated outstanding dedication and skill, while maintaining her core duties.
  • She has also supported outreach activities within the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre. She assisted in a training day for the public and patient involvement team – developing activities to explain laboratory work and played a major part in activities during the Wonder event.  
  • She often stays beyond her normal working hours to process blood samples that arrive late or to solve crises. She endeavours to help with whatever challenges researchers, nurses, and PI’s present, beyond the requirements of her role. 



Although in an administrative role, Julie volunteers herself to undertake research-related activities and proactively looks for ways to make life easier for the research team.

These are just a few of the ways she has achieved this:

  • She has managed all the technical and financial difficulties that arose when organising the remote delivery of an innovative intervention therapy, ensuring that there was minimal impact on the intervention and patient care.
  • Participants and PPI representatives in the study have complex mental health needs and she has engaged them with her compassionate nature, ensuring the effective running of the RCT. 
  • She has also taken the lead in researching recruitment promotional products.
  • She is a great support to the research team and provides a high quality delivery with minimal supervision.





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