Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award


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Nominations for 2018 Now OPEN!

Nominations for the 2018 Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award are now OPEN! Any registered postgradate at Keele is eligible to be nominated by any Keele Unviersity student or staff. More details of the award can be found via the Terms & Conditions below and a nomination can be submitted via the google form linked to at the bottom of this page.

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

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_Scott profileWinner: Gemma Scott

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 HarrinandanRunner-Up: Kerese Harrinandan

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.

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

 Nominations for 2018 Are Now Open!

Nominations for the 2018 Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year Award are now OPEN! Any registered postgradate at Keele is eligible to be nominated by any Keele Unviersity student or staff.

Please read the award Terms and Conditions and Guidance Document before submitting a nomination.

All nominations can be submitted via the google form here. Please make sure you are logged into a Keele email account so as to access the form.