The University of Newcastle, Australia

NUPSA Awards Dinner 2015

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Faculty hosted two tables at the 19th Annual NUPSA (Newcastle University Postgraduate Students' Association) Dinner, held on the evening of 15 November at Noah's On The Beach, Newcastle.  Faculty staff and RHD students joined in the university-wide celebration of student achievements.  Awards were presented by NUPSA and each of the five Faculties presented awards to successful students. 

Our very own Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan, Faculty Assistant Dean (Research Training), won the 'Teacher of the Year Award', which was voted by the students and presented by NUPSA. It was also Suzanne's honour to present the FBL Awards to our outstanding RHD students in the following categories:

NUPSA Dinner FBL attendees
  • Best Examiner's Results for an Examined Thesis 2015

This Year the Award was shared by four PhD graduates, all of whom received Award/Award recommendations from their examiners.

Brendon Murphy for his PhD in Law thesis entitled "Zone of Impeachment: A Post-Foucauldian Analysis of Controlled Operations Law and Policy."

Ahmed Omar Ahmed for his PhD in Politics thesis entitled " Environmental Governance and Diplomacy: The Twin Dilemmas of Resource Degradation and Conflict in Mau Forest, Kenya."

Lotshwao Kebapetse for his PhD in Politics thesis entitled "The Paradox of Botswana's Democracy: When too Much Democracy is not Enough"

Ben Kozary for his PhD in Marketing thesis entitled "How did you make me do that!? Circumventing the Activation of Persuasion Knowledge in Consumers, with Fluently Processed Semantic Associations."

  • Outstanding Confirmation Presentations 2015

We had three award winners in this category for 2015 who were nominated by the Chairs of Confirmation Panels:

Ashraf Alsahafi                  PhD (Accounting & Finance)

Kylee Brand                        PhD (Accounting & Finance)

Tie Zheng                            PhD (Management)

  • Best RHD Research Poster

Parvaneh Pirani (PhD Candidate - Management) was awarded this prize in the Faculty of Business and Law Research Showcase Poster Exhibition for her poster entitled: 'How do organisational CSR practices influence employee's perceptions of the organisation?'

  • Faculty Three Minute Thesis Finalist

Caroline Veldhuizen competed in the University's 2015 Three Minute Thesis Final held in July, and has recently submitted her thesis entitled "Sustainability and Growth in Regional Australia: Developing Innovation Theory and Policy Using a Complexity Perspective" for her PhD in Management.

  • Best RHD Conference Paper 2015

The RHD winner of Best Conference Paper 2015 was Atefeh Maghzi for her paper entitled: "Dynamic Capabilities and Top Management Cognitions." This paper was presented at the 2015 Academy of Management Conference Proceedings in the US.

  • Best RHD Journal Article or Book Chapter 2015

Taking out the award was Abdullah Al Mamun for his book chapter

 "Corporate social action in developing economies", which formed part of the book entitled "Corporate Responsibility: Social Action, Institutions and Governance."

  • Outstanding Contribution to the RHD Social and Academic Experience 2015

Sarah Eyaa was nominated by her peers for this award, Sarah has guided many new international RHD students right through from application to resettlement in Australia.  She has dedicated countless hours to the Faculty's RHD Committee and to the wonderful NUPSA and serves as a role model and mentor within the Faculty's RHD community.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

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