2023 Winners

Unsure what to include in your nomination? Get inspired by our 2023 Postgrad Awards winners! Learn more about the winners and their stories below.

Jack used his multiple roles in student committees as a platform to advocate for a better university experience for distance learning students. He helped re-shape programmes to ensure they offer the right value to those learning remotely. He has also participated in research panels and policy briefings to secure better support for those with undiagnosed ADHD and dyslexia. The judges thought Jack had an exceptional academic record (he is soon to complete a fifth Masters) and his efforts to make sure that the student voice is heard are unmatched.

Adam impressed the judges by taking on some incredible personal challenges during his studies such as the ‘world’s toughest row’ (raising £40,000 for charity) and the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The judges wanted to recognise the impact Adam has had on the postgraduate community by sharing his story that inspires others to lead a quality life and push their boundaries. He has been equally dedicated inside the classroom having achieved a Distinction, the Dean’s Commendation Award and the Ocean Medicine Commendation. Adam is ready for his next adventure where he’ll be attempting the ‘Ice Kilometer’ to raise £20,000 for Weston Hospice.

As a Senior University Teacher and the Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Education at The University of Sheffield, Tim is a strong advocate for creating postgraduate education opportunities for non-traditional students and asylum seekers in the UK. As part of a self-organised group, he successfully campaigned for scholarships for students from an asylum-seeking background which have currently helped 28 graduates. He has also launched the Student Experience and Support Network, Student Observation of Teaching scheme and the Learning and Teaching Scholarship Exchange to support this goal, as well as fostering a space for students and staff to reflect on teaching practices. The judges thought he had an “innovative approach to teaching which has had a long-term impact”.

Nadine impressed the judges with her research in cognitive behaviour and her contribution to the ‘Make a Connection’ programme that organises weekly visits to the elderly with cognitive impairment. She has already been recognised by the PD McCormac Scholarship and the Hamlin Graduate Award. Nadine has presented at nine national and international conferences and has been able to reach over 700 students with a co-run PhD blog on Instagram. Along with her PhD, Nadine is also a research assistant working on a project about reading difficulties in children in Lebanon and is an experienced educator specialising in students with varying levels of learning disabilities. Her ability to “juggle lots of things highly effectively” amazed the judges.

Dr Tyler Denmead has dedicated his time to supporting students from diverse and marginalised backgrounds. In addition to his research on youth, arts and race, he has also authored a book titled The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City. Tyler founded the Education Society at the University of Cambridge, providing a platform for hosting reading groups and events that bring students together. His efforts have been recognised with the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and Best Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Award. The judges were thoroughly impressed not only with his achievements but also with the shining and extensive testimonials from his students and colleagues that demonstrate his lasting impact on the postgraduate community.

The Your Community, Your Imperial campaign was set up to answer a key problem of the lack of Black (Home) student inclusivity at the College. Professor Sara Rankin and Digital Revolutions worked with the existing student community to identify the hurdles they faced and what is important for them to see in a marketing campaign. Through a series of video interviews, a microsite and the Black Graduate Careers Conference (attended by 130 students), they created a platform for Black students to share their experiences. They were also able to promote the Imperial College’s Presidential Scholarships for Students of Black Heritage which generated more than 800 enquiries. They impressed the judges with a campaign that “put the Black experience at the heart” (they used a Black-led creative agency and a Black videographer) and “has considered all the different ways students may want to get involved”.