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The Department's awards help us recognise and say ‘thank-you' to our brilliant colleagues.

For each of the five categories, our review committee will consider how nominees uphold Imperial's College Values of respect, collaboration, integrity, innovation and excellence.

Previous award winners

A call will be circulated for nominations twice a year, once in November and again in May/June. Nominations will be considered by a review committee. All staff members can nominate their colleagues twice a year, for awards in the following categories:

1. Teamwork/Collaboration Award

This award is to recognise a team effort in the Department. This can include anything as long as it meets the definition of a team and it must be a substantial contribution. A ‘team’ must include three or more people and may cover a collection of individuals from different areas who have worked together collaboratively, including external and cross-college staff. This could be within teaching, research or project management but not limited to those areas e.g. a collaboration to create a breakthrough in a research area, a team working together in innovation in teaching or creating an environment of positive support and collaboration.

2. Colleague Appreciation Award

This is in recognition of staff who make a particular effort and go out of their way to help and support their colleagues. This could be a one-off event i.e. going above and beyond what is expected to make their colleagues life easier, or a sustained effort such as creating a positive and happy environment, or someone everyone turns to for support or solutions.

3. Rising Star Award

This category is for staff who have begun their career/ changed role within the Department in the last two years and is not age specific. This award recognises an individual member of staff who has created or grasped an opportunity to substantially develop and grow in their role within the last 12 months.

4. Department Award for Citizenship and Community

This award recognises an individual who has been a good citizen within the Department, and/or made an exceptional contribution benefitting the Department or wider college community. For example, this could include:

  • Leading new initiatives relating to sustainability
  • Producing or developing workable ideas, improvements or innovations
  • Influencing and enhancing an area of department working culture
  • Initiating Outreach or Public Engagement projects
  • Making an exceptional contribution to the department culture and community

5. Inspiration Award

This is to nominate a colleague who has inspired you throughout the year, either through the activities they have carried out at work or outside of Department life or their ability to juggle demands in both. This could be anything from their dedication and passion to a certain cause i.e. equality, diversity, or their sustained effort to make improvements within their community i.e. climate change or their leadership on a project/across a new team, or the positivity that they bring to the Department. The criteria is that they must have inspired you in some way to do things better/differently/push yourself further.

NB The awards were revised in May 2021 to include two new categories, Rising Star and Citizenship & Community Awards, and the former Collaboration and Teamwork Awards were merged into one category.