UC Staff of The Year Awards 2020

The UCSA is excited to announce the nominees for the 2020 UC Staff of The Year Awards! A total of 510 students participated, shining a light on the staff who inspired them.

The top nominees of each category are (in randomised order):

Lecturer of The Year – Arts:

A/P Donald Matheson

Nancy Chu

Dr Lindsey MacDonald

Sergio Redondo


Lecturer of The Year – Business & Law:

A/P Laura Meriluoto

A/P Herb DeVries

Dr Steve Agnew

Ruth Ballantyne


Lecturer of The Year – Education:

Tracy Clelland

Nicki Dabner

Dr Valerie Sotardi


Lecturer of The Year – Engineering:

Dr Tom Logan

Prof Alessandro Palermo

A/P Sid Becker


Lecturer of The Year – Science:

A/P Pieter Pelser

Prof Ian Shaw

A/P Ashley Garrill

Prof Adrian McDonald


Best Online

Nancy Chu

A/P Herb De Vries

Dr Craig McConnochie


Supervisor of The Year:

Prof Annie Potts

A/P Michael Grimshaw

Dr Craig McConnochie


Administrator of The Year:

Edmund Smith

Heather Couch

Phillipa Gourdie


Technical Staff of The Year:

Patrick Branje

Edsel Villa

Garry Cotton

Randall Grenfell


Superstar of The Year:

Gary Gin

Desmond Breeze

Storm Geldenhuis

Garry Cotton


Great Character of The Year Award:

Dr Steve Agnew

A/P Sid Becker

Prof Ian Shaw


Make Your Own Award (Titles of awards will be revealed on the night):

Hamish Oliver

Jan Jakob Bornheim

Rachael Tappenden

Richard Bullen

Tham Piumsomboon


UCSA Exec Awards

Jonie Chang

Nicole Anfang

Anne Scott

Riki Welsh


Now that students have nominated (and voted), please join us at the Staff of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate.

Friday 28th September at 6:30pm

Location: Haere-roa

Dress code: Smart Casual.

There are limited tickets available for UC staff members not on the nomination list, offered on a first come first serve basis.

Ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, nibbles and cash bar.

We have  released 30 General Admission tickets – these are on a first come first serve basis.  Please reserve these online here.

Nominees, please reserve your free tickets for yourself and one guest by Friday 20th September, via email at events@ucsa.org.nz.

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