School of Social and Political Science

SPS colleagues celebrate winning CAHSS Recognition Awards



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Six School of Social and Political Science (SPS) colleagues received honours at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Awards for their outstanding work. Two SPS colleagues won their award categories, and four others received Highly Commended prizes. 

Lucy Ewing, Europa Institute Administrator, received The Outstanding Team Player Award. This award celebrates an an individual who displays extraordinary integrity and generosity towards their colleagues. It recognises those who consistently provide support, helping others overcome obstacles, and accomplish success.  

One of Lucy's nominators said: "Every single person on the team has benefited from Lucy’s selfless attitude and commitment to team success.”

Radhika Govinda, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, won The Advancing Inclusion Award. This award recognises those who make contributions to supporting minoritised students and staff to be better represented and a more valued part of their College communities, ensuring unfairness and inequity have been challenged, and meaningful and lasting change has been made.  

Radhika's nominations included: “Radhika exemplifies inclusion and intergrity in her academic practice as a researcher, educator and leader.”

The four colleagues to receive Highly Commended awards were: 

  • Ross Bond, Senior Lecturer in Sociology - The Excellence in Leadership Award  
  • Meryl Kenny, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics - The Susan Manning Award for Inspiring Mentorship 
  • Sarah Liu, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics - The Advancing Inclusion Award  
  • Paul Norris, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy - The Head of College Award for Exceptional Service  

153 other colleagues also received nominations. You can see the full list here.

The CAHSS Recognition Awards allow staff to recognise the incredible people we work alongside, and to thank them for the difference they make. They showcase the inspirational teams and colleagues across the College. 

Head of School Professor John Devaney said: “I was delighted to see the very many colleagues from across professional services and academic roles who were nominated for a CAHSS Award. What was very clear is that colleagues were deeply appreciative of the thoughtfulness and kindness reflected in the nominations. The acknowledgement by colleagues of other colleagues makes these awards so very special. I was delighted to see who was short-listed for awards, and those who won (well done, Radhika and Lucy) and were highly commended.” 

The award-winners were announced at a ceremony on 6 June at the University of Edinburgh’s Playfair Library. 

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to SPS staff who nominated others for the awards – it’s great to see so many deserving colleagues recognised!