CREATE Celebration 31 January 2017

Academic Staff Development held their inaugural Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) Celebration on 31 January 2017. Opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Guy Orpen, the event was an opportunity for the CREATE alumni from across the Faculties to come together and celebrate successfully completing their portfolios. Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Guy Orpen

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Judith Squires presented the first CREATE Excellence Awards. These came about following suggestions from the external examiners who noted that the standard of portfolios across the CREATE scheme is very high, we should recognise and reward participants whose portfolios evidence going ‘above and beyond’ across their academic practice - leadership, research and scholarship and teaching.  A short list of portfolios was shared with 4 independent reviewers,  Professor Tim Gallagher, Professor Alvin Birdi, Professor Kristine Mason O’Connor (external consultant), Dr Lorraine Anderson (Dundee University, CREATE external examiner). The panel identified 2 portfolios deserving of a CREATE Excellence Award which were presented to:

Dr Liz Holcombe (pictured below), Civil Engineering ( Faculty of Engineering) and

Dr Jo Howarth, PPN (Faculty of Biomedical Sciences).

Professor Judith Squires (PVC Education) Presenting Liz Holcombe with Certificate


The panel provided the following comments about the Excellence Award winning portfolios:

Dr Liz Holcombe

She commendably demonstrates the development of her thought and practice across the levels and her roles.  She reflects on her own experience of learning, the work of her students, and the pedagogic literature she encounters. The depth of her development is admirably demonstrated in her highly reflective, scholarly action oriented close to her level 2 portfolio.  She drew on all her experiences to date, challenged them through what she learnt and practice and was an analytical, reflective and self-critical (positively and negatively) submission across the levels.

Dr Jo Howarth

Jo commendably demonstrates the development of a highly integrated approach to practice. She reflects across the portfolios her engagement with detailed scholarly references to support her thinking and practice.  Jo is highly reflective in acting purposefully and effectively to students’ responses and to peer observations. She maintains a reflective journal and her submission clearly shows that indeed' scholarship has become embedded in my role'. A real sense of growing confidence in her teaching and scholarship practice is demonstrated throughout her submission.

To date, over 100 participants have successfully completed CREATE and been awarded either Associate Fellow, Fellow of Senior Fellow since its launch in 2014 and there are 240 staff enrolled on the scheme in 2016-17. During the event examples of assignments submitted for portfolios were available for all to view and participants were awarded certificates to mark their CREATE outcome.

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts Certificate Presentation
Associate Fellow


Senior Fellow

Steven Lovatt
Ben Springett
Maria Xanthou

Beatriz Arias 
Hilary Carey 
Emma Cole
Lyndsay Coo
Peter Dent
Connor Doak
Josie Gill

Tim Haines
Catherine Hunt 
Grace Huxford
Edward King
Noah Millstone
Richard Stone
Sebastiaan Verweij
Gloria Visintini

Vera Castiglione
Stuart Prior

 Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences Certificate Presentation
Associate Fellow Fellow Senior Fellow
Cathryn Naish
Lauran Salo

Isabel Murillo Cabeza
Emily Coyte
Dawn Davies
Stephen Fitzjohn
Jo Howarth

Gus Cameron
Kelly Moule
Ann Pullen

Faculty of Engineering

 Picture to follow‌


Associate Fellow Fellow Senior Fellow
Pradeep Bhaskar
Matthew Greetham
Mehdi Kashani
Mahdi Azarpeyvand
Flavia De Luca 
Dario Di Maio
Francesco Fornetti 
Liz Holcombe
Dimitris Karamitros
Irina Lazar
Richard Martin
Naoki Masuda 
Ashley Montanaro

James Norman
Matthew Peel
Joel Ross
Pia Sartor
Rebecca Selwyn
Anastasios Sextos
Fillipo Simini
Souheil Ben Smida
Robert Szalai
Paul Vardanega 


Faculty of Health Sciences

 Faculty of Health Sciences Certificate Presentation
Associate Fellow Fellow Senior Fellow

Simon Collin
Siobhan Duffy
Susan Horseman
Anamika Parmar
Sajal Patel
Jeremy Rose
Nicolette Thomson

Deborah Caldwell
Darren Carwardine
Tristan Cogan
Peter Delisser
Nobue Itasaki
Hayley Jones
Kristen Reyher
Pamela Sarkar
Konrad Staines 
Daniel Whitcomb
Andrew Wills
 Kate Whittington

Faculty of Science

 Faculty of Science Certificate Presentation
Associate Fellow Fellow Senior Fellow
Hamid Ahmadinezhad
Patryk Wasik

Marton Balazs
Antony Dodd
Ed Drewitt
Ioanna Kostaki

Skevi Michael
Rose Murray
Susanne Quadflieg
Nick Whiteley

Helen Heath

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

 Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Certificate Presentation
Associate Fellow Fellow Senior Fellow

Ben Hudson
James Kolaczkowski

Alvin Bridi
Mark Campbell
Tamer Elshandidy
Sebnem Eroglu-Hawksworth
Julia Gumy
Wayne Holmes
Judy Laing 
Shelley McKeown Jones
Ahmed Mostafa
Athanasios Psygkas
Jo Rose
Janine Sargoni
Harriet Tamlyn
Joanne Toye
Chinyere Uche
Elizabeth Washbrook
Lucy Wenham
Sheila Trahar

The CREATE celebration will be an annual event in January and we look forward to the opportunity to once again share and celebrate participants portfolios and successful completion.  

See you all in January 2018.