The winners of the 2014-15 Graduate School Prizes were recognised with a certificate and prize of £200.
Prize for Excellence in Teaching: Graeme Tolley (DEV)
Graeme Tolley is a postgraduate research student in the School of International Development (DEV). The Prize for Excellence in Teaching recognises contribution to Social Anthropology teaching within the School. Graeme was the key contact for the seminars in the Social Anthropology and International Development 1 module, a subject area that a number of first year undergraduate students have not engaged with prior to joining UEA. Graeme made himself fully available to students outside of scheduled classes and worked hard to encourage those less confident in the subject. Module evaluations have provided excellent evaluation scores and supported Graeme's strengths in motivating the students to success.
Prize for Best Paper: Yuli Shan (DEV) and Laura Tallant (EDU)
The selection panel were highly impressed by the submissions received for the Best Paper Prize and decided that the prize would be jointly awarded to Yuli Shan and Laura Tallant. The Prize for Best Paper recognises the quality and originality of the research, the importance to the research community and field and the importance of societal impact and public engagement. Yuli's paper on CO2 emissions from China's lime industry was completed in the first year of his PhD programme and has the potential to become a theoretical and practical foundation for the industry to begin to address emission reductions in China.
Laura's paper on humour in early childhood education provides a close connection between theory and practice in its field. Laura's work has the potential to be translated into practice very easily and she has already contributed to an international journal special edition. Laura is one of the few people using the Bakhtin method and has the potential to make a huge impact in her field.
Prize for Public Engagement: Will Montieth (DEV)
Will Monteith is a postgraduate research student in the School of International Development. The Prize for Public Engagement recognises the engagement with and advocacy work for minority groups. The panel were impressed by Will's ability to engage with the people of the Nakasero market in Kampala, Uganda. Will's research documented a crucial period in the market's history as there were plans to demolish and redevelop the market. Following a presentation to Kampala City Council Authority, Will was asked to provide a research report. This report and his research has the potential to make a real impact to the future of the market and the lives of thousands of people in Kampala.
Peer Nominated Award for Outstanding Contribution to the PGR Community: Anthony Amoah (ECO)
Anthony Amoah is a postgraduate research student in the School of Economics. Anthony was nominated for the Peer Nominated Award for Outstanding Contribution to the PGR Community by fellow students within the School. They reported the number of ways in which Anthony has contributed to the life of both the School and the wider University. He has acted as a Senior Resident with university accommodation as well as being patron to the Ghanaian Students Association. He has volunteered with the Student Support Service and also has undertaken some outreach work with local sixth form centres. Anthony is also an active member of the Economics student body, not only representing their views at the Faculty Student Forum but also encouraging colleagues to engage in social events to build a stronger sense of community within the School.