SU Awards 2019


Thank you to everyone who attended our SU Awards 2019!

Well done to all our nominees and winners. 

Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

Human Sciences – Jennifer Jacoby

This person is always pushing their students to do their best, and makes their students feel determined to succeed. They make the subject content very accessible and understandable, and as a consequence, has helped a number of students improve their results in a short period of time. They are friendly, approachable, everyone loves them. 


Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

Computing and Digital Media – Nino Folic

This person is generous, helpful and patient. They are always there for students, and help them make the most of their potential. They ensure that all students are able to benefit from their lectures. They are a fantastic role-model, and an incredible asset to an educational institution. 


Student Rep of the Year – Natalja Frolova

This person is always nice and respectful to everyone. They are active and attentive to the needs of the students, and their dedication to their class is incredibly helpful, always being first in line to support their fellow students, academically, emotionally, and practically. 


Student Council Member of the Year – Bukky Fadipe

This student is a valued and respected member of Student Council, and is always making useful and constructive contributions to the meetings. They are always involved in discussion, and has never missed a Student Council meeting this year. 


Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

Guildhall School of Business and Law – Piero Toto

This person is always keen to engage with their students, and goes above and beyond to support those who need help. They are exceptionally humble, and their lectures are described as a ‘holy book’ by their students. They do everything with precision and responsiveness, and their efforts have made a substantial difference to so many students’ lives.


Society Committee Member of the Year – Attia Malik 

This person is an incredibly hard-working individual. They are always fighting for their society, and are willing to go above and beyond for the other students involved in it. They are remarkably humble, but without them, the society would not be able to function. Their dedication is unparalleled, and their team would like to thank them for everything they do. 

Society of the Year

Model United Nations

Over the past three years, this society has grown and developed, and has been a hugely rewarding experience for students. This society works incredibly hard to engage with students of all years, by providing a fun and enjoyable learning environment for all. They go from strength to strength every year, ensuring that its members have fun whilst gaining something incredibly valuable.


This group is new to the University this year, but have done some great work in such a short time. They have raised the profile of liberation on campus, working closely with external groups and University staff to create a safe space for students. The group offers an invaluable experience, and because of this, is in a really great place to flourish next year. 


SU Environmental Hero of the Year – Alaina Morshead 

This person plays a huge part in the University’s contribution to sustainability and the environment. They consistently invite students and staff to reuse their cups to save money and cut down on waste, and is also very vocal about the importance of doing so. They inspire everyone to make a change and start from something small, which contributes to something larger! 


Community Volunteer of the Year- Angelika Kreft

This person has been volunteering with Detention Act for more than a year. Every week for the last year, they have come in to support the work with people in Immigration Detention Centres, providing practical and emotional support to a large number of people. They have been committed to supporting Detention Action and put in an enormous amount of time to learn complex knowledge required for this role, including supporting cases where there are language barriers and accessibility issues. They have made a substantial impact on the people they have supported, so this is a much deserved recognition. 


Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

CASS – Simone Ten-Hompel

This person is inspiring, supportive, encouraging, and has a tangible interest in all students. They provide a high level of challenge to their students, offering thought-provoking and intriguing advice and ideas which push their students to achieve their best. They are gifted at what they do, and provide exemplary teaching with verve and great jest!


Sports Person of the Year- Leoni Barker

Over the past 3 years, this person has adopted a fun, loving, kind and professional attitude towards their sport. They are resilient and give 100% effort every time, always putting their team before themselves. They are a hardworking individual, and always push their team to do their best.


Sports Team of the Year - Mixed Volleyball 

This team has formed incredibly strong relationships over the past year, which has enabled them to play extremely well as a team. Their efforts are organised, and their players are always motivated to engage with other sports teams in the University. By winning the league this year, they are a credit to the University and the Union. 


Verve Media Volunteer of the Year – Lamin Jaiteh

This person is inspiring to a number of individuals through their active promotion of Verve Media to students. They are incredibly hardworking and dedicated to their projects, and the level of pride and confidence which they have towards their work is commendable. 


Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

Social Sciences

Steven Curtis

This person has not only been a wonderful lecturer, but has been tremendously helpful and supportive outside of their academic remit. They always make themselves available to students at all times, and their work ethic is truly inspiring.


Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

Social Professions 

Soraya Pittiglio

This person is an incredibly supportive and encouraging lecturer. Their lessons are always very engaging, and they have an approachability and warmth which is appreciated by all their students. Their efforts as a lecturer make their students feel confident in their work, and their kindness is inspiring. 


Outstanding Academic Member of Staff

Orion Griffiths

This person is a compassionate, friendly, and caring lecturer, who goes above and beyond for their students, in an effort to make them feel part of the wider learning community. Their passion for their field is inspiring, and they have a great understanding for what their students need to improve their understanding, engagement, and results on the course. 


Outstanding Member of Support Staff – Sam Gambie

This person approaches everything with a calm and efficient manner. They always go the extra mile outside their remit, doing so with good grace and characteristic charm. Both students and staff would like to thank them for their enduring good will and efficiency. 


Unsung Hero – Trevor Norris

This person has had a huge impact, both academically and personally for their students. They are an outstanding lecturer, whose passion and commitment to all students and staff is impeccable. They go above and beyond to give assistance wherever they can, regardless of their own work commitments. 


The Shaun Wallace Award for Outstanding Contribution to the SU – Antonella Petrocco

This person has been an effective Student Rep for their course, acting as a channel of communication between students and staff. In their efforts within Student Council, this student has raised a number of issues of vital importance to student life, and has created discussion which has contributed to the development of the SU as a whole. They have assisted with the creation of a number of student groups, and have contributed to a range of extra-curricular activities, making them a great role model for other students.