Awards 2023: Congratulations to our psychology nominees and winners!


Awards 2023: Congratulations to our psychology nominees and winners!

On 31 May, the Golden Apple & Student Voice Awards Ceremony was held by the Student Union at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), where the Psychology department proudly represented with as many as 17 nominees and 4 winners!

The Golden Apple Awards at CCCU is run by the Student Union and allows students to vote for the staff members they feel have significantly enhanced their student learning and experience. Alongside these, the Student Voice Awards were up for grabs by students who have made outstanding contributions to the university.

We are very proud to say that we had as many as 17 nominees and 4 winners across a range of various categories.

Staff Awards

Senior Lecturer Dr Britta Osthaus (featured left) was nominated for Most Dedicated to Students’ Learning.

Lecturer Dr Sharon Good (featured right) was nominated for Most Dedicated to Supporting Students.

Senior Lecturer Dr Wendy Iredale was nominated for Going Above and Beyond.

Our lovely admin team consisting of Rebecca Tarla (featured right) and Alyson Mitchell (featured left) were also nominated for the Most Dedicated to Students’ Learning.

Rebecca and Alyson work relentlessly ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure the smooth running of the undergraduate psychology programme, offering invaluable support to both students and staff members.

Student Awards

In the category of Course Mentor of the Year, we are proud to announce that our psychology undergraduate student Nick Zuppa won!

We were also very happy to see our other brilliant undergraduate students Jacqueline Hyde, Laura Whitmore & Heather Mountain being awarded as runners up as Course Mentor of the Year.

As Course Mentors, Nick Zuppa (featured far right), Jacqueline Hyde (far left), Laura Whitmore (second right) & Heather Mountain have been kindly volunteering to support their psychology peers with their academic studies, from simple queries to more advanced statistical and writing/reading skills related to assignments. You’ve done an incredible job and we’re grateful for the offered support.

First-year undergraduate student Lucy King was runner up as Peer Mentor of the Year. Lucy is a student representative and goes well beyond and above this role by offering personal academic-related support for her peers.

In terms of volunteering, we have a couple of exceptional students who dedicate a lot of their time to enhancing the university experience. A huge congratulations to our soon-to-be-graduate student Samantha Block who impressively won the Platinum award! Samantha extensively volunteered via the university, student union, mentoring schemes and acted as the Treasurer, not just for the Psychology Society but for three (!) other societies.

Lucy King (pictured left) was awarded runner up as Peer Mentor of the Year and Samantha Block (pictured right) won the Platinum Award for volunteering.

The gold award for volunteering goes to our soon-to-be graduates Rebecca Morley (above, right) and Georgia Antonio (above, left) and – well done! Rebecca and Georgia have been integral in running the Psychology Society as President and Vice-President alongside Samantha Block as Treasurer/Event Organiser. They have done a smashing job this year, including successfully organising a weekly seminar series ‘Psychology Aloud’ for staff and students.

And the Unitemps Student of the Year goes to MSc Psychology student Carys Graely – congratulations! Carys worked hard as a student ambassador and ensured the smooth running of important events such as psychology outreach.

Undergraduate student Nazia Siddique (above to the right) got nominated for the Student Helper Award, as she has been playing an important part at various university events.

Last but not least, we have Chloe O’Brien (to the left featured with Dr Sharon Good) who was nominated for Community Champion and Maisie Hankin who was nominated for Changemaker Champion.

A huge congratulations to all our nominees and winners! Thank you for all your hard work and for significantly contributing to the inclusive and friendly atmosphere we strive toward at the university and psychology department. We really appreciate you and everyone who voted to recognise our hard work.

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