Discovering Excellence Valuing People Award

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 23, 2018 11:30 AM |
This year’s winner of the Valuing People Award is Professor Teela Sanders from the Department of Criminology.

Teela was recognised for her contribution to the Department of Criminology’s research culture and for her achievements in her role as the department’s Research Director.

Teela transformed the research culture in the department through her leadership of the the Research Committee, and much of this success has been the result of her approach to mentoring and supporting colleagues in their research.

In the last year, she has implemented mentoring circles in the department which allow research-active staff to share best practice and support each other. These circles have proved to be very successful and popular with staff at all career stages (including PGR students). She has also provided opportunities for staff to work with grant writing consultants through funding bespoke grant writing workshops. This has had a real impact, with applications worth £1.3 million submitted in the past year.

She has also worked hard to celebrate the success of her colleagues, introducing a department research bulletin highlighting projects, grant successes, publications and events, and a research lunch seminar series where staff present their projects to colleagues. Both these initiatives have encouraged active participation from PGR students as well as academic staff.

With REF2021 looming, Teela has ensured that all staff understand their contribution to the department's REF return, through regular communications and a number of new initiatives. One example is the REF Reading Group, which allows academics to review their colleagues' outputs, providing feedback to authors and experience for staff in assessing work against the REF criteria. One-to-one meetings with staff following the reviews ensure that staff are aware of their contribution to the bigger picture, and provides ongoing support to help them achieve their potential.

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