reps awards 2015

At the end of July the PDC hosted the PDC Reps Award Dinner to celebrate the amazing achievements of the PDC Reps Network this academic year.  This was a lovely occasion to award the first PDC Reps Award, which was presented by the Provost, Prof James Stirling.

There was a huge interest across the College in the PDC Reps Award, with 49 individuals nominating their departmental Reps due to the significant contributions they have made to their department.  In total this resulted in 15 Reps being put forward for consideration for the award.

All of the nominations were of a very high quality.  Taking into account the number of nominations and the comments made on the form, 5 Reps were taken forward as finalists.  Each of these individuals has excelled in their role as departmental Reps and there is evidence that there is a real cultural change within their department as a result of their work.

In recognition of the extraordinary work that the finalists have done they each received a £50 John Lewis Voucher with the winner receiving £500 toward a conference or workshop of their choice. 

The winner was:

Claire MorganClaire Morgan – Department of Medicine (Hammersmith)

‘Claire has shown a unique drive and determination in transforming the PDC reps at Hammersmith into a single unit across the different departments on campus. She has put a huge amount of time and effort into organising meetings, writing funding applications and in seeking other funding sources for postdoc networking events and workshops at Hammersmith. She had always been enthusiastic and is never discouraged.

She is the driving force behind maintaining the Hammersmith reps network.’

The finalist were:

Harriet MillsHarriet Mills – School of Public Health (St Mary’s)

‘Harriet works very hard to help provide opportunities and support to postdocs. As well as being good opportunities in themselves, it makes a big difference to my working environment to feel that postdocs are a community that are valued, with a structure for their support and development.’

Maria ParkesMaria Parkes – Department of Mechanical Engineering

We didn't have any postdoc events or interactions until the current postdoc reps took their positions.  They've done an extraordinary amount to bring postdocs in our department together’. Maria has ‘dramatically raised the profile and increased the sense of fraternity of the postdocs in the department’.

layal HakimLayal Hakim – Department of Computing

Layal has ‘great inter personal and communication skills; is truly concerned with the welfare of the postdocs, understands the isolation that some postdocs in the department can suffer from and has made measureable steps to solve this issue’


Emma BaileyEmma Bailey – Department of Bioengineering

‘Emma has been a very active postdoc rep…., is friendly, gets people engaged and gets things done. This is the first time this has happened in our department since I started’.


The full list of nominees in alphabetical order were:nominees 2015

  • Emma Bailey – Bioengineering
  • Kirsty Flower – Surgery & Cancer (Hammersmith)
  • Becky Ghosh – Public Health (St Mary’s)
  • Layal Hakim – Computing
  • Carl Jacquemyn – Earth Science & Engineering
  • Maria Jimenez Solomon – Chemical Engineering
  • Janice Kenney - Earth Science & Engineering
  • Emiljana Krali – EEE (Past Rep)
  • Harriet Mills - Public Health (St Mary’s)
  • Claire Morgan – Medicine (Hammersmith)
  • Lindsey Morse – Civil & Environmental
  • Maria Parkes – Mechanical Engineering 
  • Yolanda Sanchez-Vicente – Chemical Engineering
  • Dylan Williams - Public Health (St Mary’s)
  • Petr Yatsyshin – Chemical Engineering