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Physics Awards Day 2020

Posted on 17 June 2020

The achievements of the department throughout the year are recognised in the physics awards.

Every year the Department comes together to celebrate the achievements of our whole community - the Physics Awards. This is a fantastic way to recognize the contributions that staff and students make, in all sorts of ways, to the academic and social life of the Department and beyond.

Obviously, the Physics Awards 2020 have been affected by the global pandemic, meaning we have not been able to have our usual celebration together in a face-to-face event. But it is important, in these difficult times, for us still to be able to recognize the achievements of the award winner.

Below, and following online voting, you will find the outcomes of all the awards to allow us to celebrate the winners. Congratulations to all of them for their efforts in categories as diverse as excellence in postgraduate research to excellence on the dancefloor (well done, John!).

Finally, many thanks to all involved in the organization of these awards and thank you all for your participation this year. Let’s celebrate the winners this year, and look forwards to Physics Awards 2021! 

Kieran Gibson, Head of Department - Physics

The awards were split into these categories: 'Makes a Difference', 'Student Awards', 'Physics at Play' and 'Departmental Awards' as well as our Academic Awards. The winners of the awards were:

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Makes a Difference awards

Undergraduate Makes a Difference - Alex Spiby

Postgraduate Makes a Difference - Nettie Alevropoulos-Borrill

Professional Support Staff Makes a Difference - Ian Helliwell, Olga Rowe, Simon Olfield

Academic Staff Makes a Difference - Phil Lightfoot

Research Staff Makes a Difference - Koki Imada

Ian, Olga & Simon (Teaching Labs) “You couldn't have one without the others. They keep the labs running and are always approachable with any issues or questions, and have been since the first week of first year.”

Student Awards

Most Positive Foundation Student - Luke Heppell

Most Enthusiastic Stage 1 Student - Lenaee Hamilton

Most Cheerful Stage 2 Student - Tom Astin

Most Proactive Stage 3 Student - Daniel Barry 

Most Proactive Stage 4 Student - Alex Spiby

MSc Student Most Likely to change the world - Rosie Barker

Postgraduate Student Most Likely to win a nobel prize - Sarah Jenkins

Best Contribution to the Social Life of the Department - Emma Brock

Take One for the Team Award - Gareth Williams

Tom Astin (Physics student) “Tom has been an amazing course rep this year, arguably the face of second year. They are always positive and are a fantastic person to study beside”

Physics at Play Awards

Most Cheerful Person You’ll Meet in the Corridor - Martin Smalley

Lecturer 'Most Down with the Kids' - John Pasley

York's Answer to Brian Cox - Chris Murphy

Best Dancer - John Pasley

John Pasley (Senior Lecturer) “I can't think of anyone more deserving than someone who genuinely chooses to spend his time with students and gets to know them.”

Departmental Awards 

Most Inspirational Lecturer - Kate Lancaster

Student Representative of the Year - Alex Spiby

Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year - James Lolley

Postdoc of the Year - Koki Imada

Support Staff Member of the Year - Andrew Hirst & Beth Medley,  Tami Grant

Most Impactful Research - Steve Quinn

Diversity Champion - Martin Smalley

Kate Lancaster (Lecturer) “I love all of Kate's talks and lectures. She has such enthusiasm for lasers and plasma, that it makes you want to get up and join in. She's always friendly and approachable".

Academic prizes

Cantor Book Prize (Best overall mark for year 1) - Luke Poxon

Gai Book Prize (Best overall mark for year 2) - Mitch Aitchison