Education Awards 2022

Our annual Education Awards took place on the 6th of April where we recognised and celebrated the important work done by many students and staff.


On the 6th of April 2022, we hosted our annual Education Awards at Drapers’ Hall.

This event is our opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important work done by many students and staff this year, with the aim of improving the learning environment at Queen Mary, University of London.  

The Education Awards are student-led, with 284 nominations being submitted across all of the different awards available. It has been great to see all the impact that is being made by students and staff across all Faculties, Schools and Professional Services and we are pleased so many individuals wanted to recognise the person that made their experience better. The Students’ Union Faculty Vice-Presidents read through all of the submissions to identify a shortlist of the most outstanding nominees and select the overall award winners.  

We congratulate all the award winners, those shortlisted and all the nominees, as they deserve the recognition for the impact they have. 

At the awards presentation, we heard a welcoming address from Saynab Sharif, VP Humanities and Social Sciences; Stephanie Marshall, Vice Principal (Education); and Richard Winstanley, Clerk of the Drapers’ Company. All of whom highlighted the excitement of being able to host awards ceremonies in person again. 

Saynab presented the Course Representative awards, including the following winners: 

Course Rep of the Year – Maria Zareef Kahloon 

Course Rep Community Award – Dean Ammi 

Course Rep Collaboration Award – Ruqia Osman & Elise Pohl 

Course Rep Campaign Award – Driss Lahlou 

“It was great to celebrate all the work students and staff can do when we collaborate and support each other to make a difference to education. It is always amazing to take the time to recognise the contribution of everyone who makes the special effort to go above and beyond, and to champion student voice.” - Saynab Sharif, VP HSS. 

Bilge Kacmaz, VP Science and Engineering, then delivered the Student Council awards, and highlighted her experiences working with our School Reps and Student Councilors at democratic meetings, and the positive experience of hearing all the hard work being done by Reps voluntarily. 

“It was a real pleasure being part of the Education Awards this year. It showed us again how important it is to recognise the hard work which has been carried out by many amazing people across the university and Students’ Union.” - Bilge Kacmaz, VP S&E.  

The winners include: 

Student Councillor of the Year – James Tavner 

Campaign of the Year – James Tavner 

School Rep of the Year – Rahma Hegy 



And finally, to close the awards presentation, Adi Sawalha, Studnets' Union President presented the Teaching Awards, to recognise the best practice being delivered by teaching and professional services staff. It was an opportunity to identify excellence in Student Voice, Assessments and Feedback, Employability Enhancement and more areas. 

The winners of the Teaching awards include: 

Academic Advice Champion – Dr. Ashwin Kalra 

Assessment & Feedback Champion – Dr. Caroline Morris 

Student Voice Champion – Dr. Andrew Harmer 

Employability Enhancement Award – Dr. Elina Vilar & Josef Mueller 

Innovative Teaching and Technology Champion – Anastasios Tombros 

Learning Resources Champion – Dr. Yasser Bhatti 

PGR Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr. Luca Rossi 

PG Teaching Champion – Athena Inthinathan 

Unsung Hero Award – Ashleigh Brownsmith 

Support Staff Member of the Year – Frankie Edwards 

Education for Sustainable Development – Chris Sutton 

It was a pleasure seeing all students and staff being appreciated and getting awards and seeing what education can be - truly fun and inspiring to be at and a testament to QMSU and QMUL community” - Adi Sawalha, Students' Union President. 



Following the Awards presentation, guests were able to participate in a drinks reception, and it was a great opportunity to see award winners, senior University staff and student representatives discussing the evening and the past two semesters. 

Finally, we are overwhelmingly grateful to all of the staff and students who came to the awards and to everyone who submitted a nomination. 



Each of the award winners and shortlisted nominees are detailed on our awards page:

View the winners and nominees

View the photos from the evening


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