Greenwich University's first ever Recognition Awards take place
By poppy_smith | Saturday, December 01, 2012, 08:13
The winners of the university's first ever Recognition Awards have received their prizes from Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire.
Frances Hawkes, a PhD researcher from the Natural Resources Institute, and Senior Lecturer Anastasios Maragiannis, a specialist in graphic and digital design, were recognised for their outstanding achievements in a special ceremony at the Greenwich Campus on Tuesday (27 November).
Frances was named the university's Student Of the Year, with Anastasios winning the accolade of Staff Member of the Year.
The Vice-Chancellor had warm words of praise for the winners, describing them as "inspiring individuals" who "combine ability, hard work and determination to achieve great things".
Frances has set up community gardening projects, co-founded a PhD students' working group and won prizes for excellent achievement in her first degree. Professor Maguire said: "Frances has demonstrated exceptional hard work, determination and intellectual rigour in her studies.
"She has made numerous contributions to building a university community which welcomes and works not just with staff and students, but with members of our wider community as well."
Anastasios, from the School of Architecture, Design & Construction, organised the Young Design Project with the Sorrell Foundation. He was also recognised for his commitment to helping students to achieve their best.
Professor Maguire added: "Anastasios's students consistently praise his passion and ability to motivate and inspire them, saying he builds their confidence and opens up new opportunities. The award recognises his ability to inspire creativity and confidence in others."
Earlier in the year Doreen Lawrence, a graduate of the university, received her award as Alumni Member of the Year, following a poll of former students. She was commended for tireless campaigning for justice and equality, and for the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in seeking to raise the prospects and aspirations of young people.
All three Recognition Award winners were given a special trophy, designed by Mark Fitzpatrick, a first-year teacher training student at Greenwich in Design & Technology. Mark won a student competition to design the trophy, which combines a contemporary look with references to Greenwich's maritime history and the Greenwich Meridian Line.