Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award


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A graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the University of Liverpool, Bob Beattie first came to Keele in 1965, as the Psychology Department’s first lecturer in Clinical Psychology. He moved to Lancaster University, later returning to Keele to work with Mountain & Associates Marketing Services, based at the Science Park. He remained after the company closed, doing marketing work for the University. Bob was, for many years, a fixture of the KPA Clubhouse, offering informal counselling and advice to many students. He was a mainstay of the Clubhouse who, following his passing in 2015, honoured him with a sketch portrait. This portrait remains above his favourite seat along with a Latin quote etched in wood donated by Bob.

What is the Award?

The Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award is an annual award recognising the overall excellence of a member of the postgraduate community at Keele University. The award recognises a student’s excellent pursuits not just in their academic work but also their work within the postgraduate community, encouraging its members to strive for excellence. Winners and Runner-Ups of the award are awarded £1000 and £500 respectively.

Previous Winners

The Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the year award has been running annually since 2017. Below are this years winners and you can learn more of previous years winners here.

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.


Steph Lonsdale

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.


Sahil Gufar

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.

Terms and Conditions

Before submitting a nomination, please read the Terms and Conditions and the Guidance Document.

Any postgraduate student, at any level of study and any mode of attendance, can be nominated for the award and any staff or student member of Keele University can submit a nomination. There are, however, certain people who cannot be nominated and certain activities people cannot be nominated for. Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information on this.

All nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee and nominations will be evaluated on a merit basis, based on the strength of the nomination(s), and not on the number of of nominations. There are three key areas that the Awards Committee will base nominations on:

  • The impact of the student’s contribution – the positive change that it has brought about.
  • The amount of time and energy the person has devoted.
  • The individual commitment and initiative they have shown.

The Awards Committee are willing to consider any contributions that an individual has made that meet the above criteria. Below are a list of examples (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Organised or contributed to a successful event for postgraduates.
  • Organised successful social activities for the postgraduate community.
  • Supported a fellow postgraduate student during their time at Keele in some way through personal contribution.
  • Been involved in postgraduate representation/advocacy.
  • Represented postgraduates in the local community.
  • Promoted postgraduate study.

To make a nomination, follow the Google Form link below. To make sure you have a strong application, please read both the Terms and Conditions and the Guidance Document found below. Please also note, you must be logged into a Keele University email account to gain access to the form. Please answer the questions with information from the Terms and Conditions and the Guidance Document in mind.

Terms and Conditions

Guidance Document

If you have any questions about this award, please contact the KPA Co-Ordinator at