Course Rep Awards

Every year the Education Awards celebrate the contributions of staff and students to improving the Queen Mary learning experience. The Education Awards include the Course Rep Awards, awarded to Course Reps who have made a huge difference to students and their courses, and the Teaching Awards, awarded to teaching and support staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the student experience.

For the Course Rep Awards this year, we had just over 200 individual nominations. 



☆ Course Rep of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding Course Rep who goes above and beyond the call of duty to make life better for the students on their course. This award is nominated by students and a rep cannot self-nominate.

Shortlist
Yousef Sakka - International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 
Foteini Bifsa - Biochemistry Year 3 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 
Haleema Rabeea - Dentistry Year 3 Rep, Institute of Dentistry 
Milton Justinsuthakaran - Dentistry Year 2 Rep, Institute of Dentistry
Muhammad Umer - Biomedical Sciences Year 3 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 
Ushna Zaineb - Biomedical Sciences Year 2 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 
Ayesha Khan - Biochemistry Year 1 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 

And the winner is:

Ayesha Khan, Biochemistry Year 1 Rep

Ayesha is first year course rep for Biochemistry. She has been described as someone who is determined to make a change. She has organised a number of events such as revision sessions, weekly workshops and sports events in preparation for the implementation of January exams. She has always gone above and beyond to ensure that any enquiries or questions raised within the Biochemistry cohort have been answered or raised to staff in the School. Ayesha is described as a ‘natural leader’, helpful and caring, which is why she is deserving of the Course Rep of the Year Award.  


☆ Engagement Award

Awarded to an individual or group of Course Reps who can provide evidence that they have undertaken activities to build a sense of community in their department, and/or have made a special effort to engage with underrepresented groups.

Shortlist
Yuwei Liu and Jing Wu - Management (MSc) Reps, School of Business and Management 
Ayesha Khan - Biochemistry Year 1 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 
Yuwei Liu - Management (MSc) Rep, School of Business and Management 
Melody Shirazi - Dentistry Year 5 Rep, Institute of Dentistry

And the winner is:

Melody Shirazi, Dentistry Year 5 Rep 

Melody Shirazi has been proactive in her attempt to raise funds for students this year. She has organised social events including bake sales and quiz nights, for students to raise money for a graduation ball. She organised a Dentistry interview preparation day for Year 13 students in the community, to showcase the world of studying Dentistry and also to inspire the younger generations. Melody also set up monthly meetings for final year dentistry students with the head tutors. She also acts as the voice of students of the Dental Education Committee and the Dental Quality Assurance Committee meetings, which bring about positive changes to the curriculum. Congratulations to Melody Shirazi, this year’s Engagement Award winner.  


☆ Collaboration Award

Awarded to one department’s Course Reps and Academic Society who can provide evidence that they worked together to achieve change.

Shortlist
Yuwei Liu - Management (MSc) Rep, School of Business and Management 
Yuwei Liu and Jing Wu - Management (MSc) Reps, School of Business and Management 
Melody Shirazi - Dentistry Year 5 Rep, Institute of Dentistry
Ayesha Khan - Biochemistry Year 1 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

And the winner is:

Melody Shirazi - Dentistry Year 5 Rep

Melody worked collaboratively with other course reps to change the format of the course timetable. They showed great perseverance through a difficult task and as a result has ensured the timetables are more accessible to all students. Congratulations to Melody Shirazi as the Collaboration Award winner.


☆ Campaign Award

Awarded to an individual or group of Course Reps or students who have campaigned on or achieved significant change to the academic experience, including but not limited to: championing sustainability within academia, improving assessment and feedback and reacting to unsuitable facilities.

Shortlist
Ayesha Khan - Biochemistry Year 1 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Muhammad Umer + Shazaib Khan - Biomedical Sciences Year 3 Reps, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Yuwei Liu and Jing Wu - Management (MSc) Reps, School of Business and Management 

And the winner is:

Muhammad Umer + Shazaib Khan, Biomedical Science Year 3 Reps

Muhammad and Shazaib have been described by their peers as extremely hard working when it comes to their roles as Course Reps. Throughout three years they have helped make real changes that benefit everyone on the course and have made their voices heard even when there were tight deadlines. Congratulations to Muhammad and Shazaib on winning this year's Campaign Award.


☆ Contribution Gold Award

Evidence of excellence, including but not limited to: successfully effecting change, engaging large numbers of students in a change campaign, innovative campaigning, and partnership work with the department through chairing/co-chairing and improving representation structures.

And the winner are:
Yuwei Liu - Management (MSc) Rep, School of Business and Management 
Raghad Zuraiki - Mathematical Sciences Single Honours Year 3 Rep, School of Mathematical Sciences
Milton Justinsuthakaran - Dentistry Year 2 Rep, Institute of Dentistry
Henri Tawile - International Human Resource Management (MSc) Rep, School of Business and Management 
Melody Shirazi - Dentistry Year 5 Rep, Institute of Dentistry
Ayesha Khan - Biochemistry Year 1 Rep, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

This award identifies the course reps who have truly gone above and beyond the expectations of the role. Some of the achievements of the winners include organizing socials relevant to the learning experience; hosting workshops for students to feed back to their rep outside of SSLC meetings and ensuring all changes and relevant information regarding semester based exams was communicated clearly to students on their courses. Congratulations to all the Contribution Gold Award winners. 


Student Council Awards

A message from your President, Talhah Atcha

Student Council are the democratically elected representative body of all students at Queen Mary. Every year we get a dedicated team of students, who in their own time, volunteer to make the lives of all students better by representing them in meetings with the Union and University, provide advice and direction to the Executive Officers and run campaigns. This year has seen an exceptionally strong year of candidates and it was difficult to choose from the current Council who was deserving of recognition.



☆ Student Councilor of the Year

Awarded to the individual who has gone above and beyond in their elected role. This award is nominated by student council members, and decided by the Executive officers.

Shortlist
Krista Tingbrand - Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Rep
Alice Schofield - Welfare Representative (Barts and The London)

And the winner is:

Alice Schofield, Welfare Representative for Barts and The London.

Alice Schofield is the Welfare Representative for Barts and The London. She has gone above and beyond this year by running multiple campaigns throughout the year, as well as supporting the Barts and The London Welfare reps. Her flagship welfare event this year was centred around diversity in healthcare, which was a huge success. She managed to fill the senior common room in the Garrod building with interested people. Alice has been an excellent representative through dealing with and signposting students who are facing various issues to the correct services, so they can access the support they needed. She is always happy to volunteer to help Student Council in any way she can and always contributes valuable opinions and suggestions. Alice is an asset to the Students’ Union and is immensely deserving of the Student Councilor of the Year Award.


A message from Talhah Atcha, QMSU President;

“The Student Councillor of the Year goes to Alice Schofield. I’ve worked with Alice for just under 2 years and she has always gone above and beyond in every single thing she does. This year, not only has she been an amazing Welfare Officer, she has led a team of reps to put on some very high profile events, stepped in and helped out reps from every campus on their issues and campaigns and is always there to provide a helping hand any time anybody needs it, student or staff. She is a truly exceptional Councillor, and having worked with 10 years' worth of them, I can say without doubt that she is one of the best reps the Students’ Union has ever had and we’re very fortunate to have had her as the BL Welfare Officer this year. I wish her all the luck in the future and know that she is going to be a truly fantastic doctor that will ease the lives of every patient she comes across.”


☆ Campaign of the Year

Awarded to an elected member of Student Council for organizing and running the campaign of the year, and is selected by the Executive officers with nominations from Student Council members.

Shortlist
Artemis Mantzavinou - Barts and The London Faculty Representative (Clinical)
Jack Juckes - Disabled and SLD Students Representative (Barts and The London)

And the winner is:

Jack Juckes, Disabled and SLD Students Representative (Barts and The London)

Jack Juckes is the Disabled and SLD Representative for Barts and The London. During his time as a rep so far, he has organised and run the disability awareness week in Whitechapel. This week-long campaign included an event every day with a different format to each day. With many students engaging with the campaign, it had an excellent turn out and was a huge success. Jack’s initiative has successfully promoted disability awareness across the campus. Jack Juckes is this year’s deserving winner of the Student Council Campaign of the Year Award.  


A message from Talha Atcha, QMSU President 

“The Campaign of the Year goes to Jack Juckes for his Not All Disabilities are Visible Campaign. He planned a week of different events to draw attention to students not all disabilities are visible and not everybody wants to speak about them but that doesn’t mean they’re any less exceptional than any other person. Not only did this campaign draw a large number of people but Jack carried on the campaign throughout the year via various means such as badges and securing funding for RADAR keys. He is truly deserving of this award and we look forward to seeing how he improves the lives of every student at QMUL next year when as the incoming Vice President Welfare.”


☆ Course Rep Contribution Awards

Please note that all Course Reps are eligible for the Course Rep Contribution or Course Rep Senior Contribution Award (for course reps who have held a post for more than 1 year) if you have attended the Students' Union training in Semester 1 and attended at least one SSLC meeting with your school. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please email the Education Coordinator at leigh.rooney@qmul.ac.uk