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Awards and accolades

Here is a snapshot of some of the many awards and accolades Birmingham City University, our students and our partners have received.

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  • A budding dress designer has wowed a panel of top judges as part of an ITV competition. Kelly Weaver, a first-year fashion design student, beat over 500 designers from across the country to be named as runner-up in This Morning’s Perfect Party Dress’ competition, as well as earning herself a work placement at John Lewis.

  • Staff from across the University have received qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). To date, 119 members of staff have enrolled and are working towards the ILM national accreditation standard.

  • An academic from the School of Social Sciences has earned a prestigious award in recognition of her world-class research. Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology Dr Eirini Mavritsaki has been awarded the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Psychology Prize for 2012.

  • A partnership between the University and a leading jewellery business has made it through to the finals of a national award scheme. The collaboration, between the University and R Holt & Co, is a finalist in the Lord Stafford Awards.

  • Four students from the School of Social Sciences have their dissertations selected for inclusion in one of the country’s leading academic journals. Keiran Morris, Jordan Picken, Jasmine Smith and Joe Sheffield were all awarded first-class marks for their dissertations. Their hard work is recognised by the Internet Journal of Criminology, which selected their dissertations for publication.

  • Two academics from the University are awarded fellowships from the Higher Education Academy. Dr Stuart Brand and Professor David Wilson have both been awarded National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their sector-leading work.
    Professor Wilson is an expert in the field of criminology and has pioneered a number of initiatives to help students link academic theory with the actual practice of crime and punishment.
    Dr Brand leads the University’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and is responsible for driving the University’s focus on partnership work between staff and students.

  • Lucy Hird, a BA (Hons) Media and Communication student, has been named as the CIPR Midlands Student of the Year for 2012. She beat competition from a number of other universities to win the award run by the CIPR, the UK body for public relations. Lucy’s success means that students from the University have now won the award for seven years in a row.

  • The Student Services department has been recognised with a gold Investors in People award. The gold award comes on top of another success for Student Services, which has also received a Matrix quality award for the high standard of support provided to staff and students at the University.

I’d like to thank everyone in the department for their hard work, perseverance and professionalism in helping to achieve both of these awards.”
Pamela Bell-Ashe, Director of Student Services

  • A radio programme produced by the University’s School of Media has won a gold award at the New York Radio Festival.
    Postgraduate students and Radio Degree Leader Sam Coley worked alongside staff from radio station Xfm to create the series ‘Xfm 25’, which was awarded gold in the ‘Best Music Special’ entertainment category. Each episode celebrated the 25th anniversary of an influential album released during 1986 and featured the work of artists like Prince, The Smiths and REM.
  • Hannah Davey, a graduate from Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, is awarded the 2012 Bromsgrove International Young Musicians Platform award.
    Hannah impressed the judges with her performance programme, which included works by Berio, Mozart and Ravel.

  • Two Professors from Birmingham City Business School receive professional recognition for their research relating to health and safety management systems. Professor David Edwards and Professor Gary Holt from the University’s Centre for Business, Innovation and Enterprise (CBIE) are chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for their academic paper – along with co-authors Dr Riaz from the National University of Science and Technology in Pakistan and Professor Thorpe from Loughborough University .

  • Su Ping Ong, a Malaysian student from the University's partner institution The One Academy, is shortlisted for an RSA Student Design Award and wins a Highly Commended in the category. Jackie Norton, Course Director of the Design Studies Programme, calls her "an absolute star!!"

  • The University's press team, part of the University’s Marketing and Communications department, is shortlisted for ‘Best PR /Advocacy Campaign’ at the annual Heist Awards for its success in promoting the University’s expertise in green technology.

  • Five postgraduate students at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, are awarded funding to assist with their studies after impressing The Musicians Benevolent Fund.
    Students receiving financial aid include Ben Murray and Hetti Price who both receive £1,500, and Martyn Sanderson (right) who receives an award of £4,000.

  • Lily Pebbles, a 2010 graduate from the Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations undergraduate degree at Birmingham City Business School, is nominated for the 2011 Marie-Claire blog awards. Lily is nominated for her blog ‘What I Heart Today’ which is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog.