Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award Winners
Below is a list of all previous Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award winners. You can learn more of the award here.
2017 was the first year of the Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award. The Awards committee received fantastic nominations that truly highlighted the amazing work postgraduates do at Keele. After much deliberation, the 2017 (and first ever) Bob Beattie Award winners were announced in June.
Gemma was an integral part of the postgraduate community during her time here at Keele. Gemma was a PhD student conducting research on women’s political activism during India’s political emergency, 1975-1977. Alongside her academic work Gemma worked tirelessly to enhance the postgraduate student experience both academically and socially. Examples of her dedication included the establishment of the postgraduate coffee morning, a founding editor of Under Construction and taking a lead role in the running of TEDxKeeleUniversity. Gemma is a true inspiration of how an individual can enhance the experience for all and is truly worthy of this award.
Kerese was a Masters student in Counselling Psychology. Kerese has a strong sense of community and worked hard to enhance the postgraduate community and experience for her peers. Her peers spoke highly of her support for them as individuals as well for her cohort as a whole. She regularly advocated for the improvement of facilities and events that would improve the overall experience of fellow postgraduates. In particular, Kerese was praised for her dedication for international students. Kerese is a true inspiration for how the acts of one individual, regardless how small, can have a big impact.
2018 was the second year of the Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award. The Awards committee received even more fantastic nominations that truly highlighted the amazing work postgraduates do at Keele, and it was an incredibly tough decision. After much deliberation (and voting!), the 2018 Bob Beattie Award winners were announced in June.
Winner: Stephanie Lonsdale
Steph was a MSc Psychology student and was described as ‘a person who likes to fix things’, and was praised for her dedication and support of her course friends, the community at Keele and the wider community outside of Keele. A previous winner of the Neil and Gina Smith Award, Stephanie continued her dedication and support into her Masters programme. Her exploits her nominations referred to included, but were not limited to, organising research skills workshops (that were later adopted by her course), supporting homeless individuals off of campus, supporting local causes on campus (such as Athena Swan and Healthy Relationships and Sexual Wellbeing), as well as being highly regarded for her individual love and support of friends and colleagues. Whilst doing all of this, Steph maintained a very high academic record. Steph is a true inspiration, showing that the small work of individuals within the Keele community and outside of it can have a huge and positive impact for all around them.
Runner-Up: Sahil Gufar
Sahil was a PhD Creative Writing student and was described as a ‘constant presence within the creative writing community’. Indeed, this individual was central to the establishment of a Creative Writing community that benefited both individuals and the creative writing community as a whole. Sahil’s work in creating this community was instrumental for many in overcoming issues of isolation and loneliness, big issues that many PhD students face that can lead to poor mental health. He also supported many students individually, providing editorial support and helping students develop their work. Sahil is a shining example of how Keele is a community of communities, but that it requires the dedication of the members of that community to make it thrive. Most importantly, Sahil shows that it only takes an individual to allow a community to develop and thrive, but that the power of a community benefits all within it.