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 ​Above & Beyond 2019-20

Meet this year's winners!


SHANE HORGAN, Lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences

Shane has only recently joined the Criminology Team at the University and in his short time here, he has demonstrated great enthusiasm and a positive approach to the BSc Policing and Criminology programmes. Shane has also secured a Carnegie Research Incentives grant to fund an exciting research project in his area of expertise. Achieving this in such a short space of time shows great drive, determination and commitment to applied research in criminology. Shane puts 100% effort into everything he does, whilst always look for new opportunities to develop in his own teaching and research, and for the wider team.



BRUCE HARPER-MCDONALD, Lecturer in the School of Health & Social Care

Bruce champions inclusiveness through consistent behaviours, actions and words. Currently Bruce actively participates and contributes to the University’s inclusive agenda such as; LBGT+, Athena Swan and Men in Nursing. Bruce has lobbied governments across the UK on LGBT+ issues which closely relates to the contributions he makes within this network at the University. He has also support recruitment events for Men in Nursing and as the first male District Nurse in Aberdeen, he has a great passion for this government campaign.



LAURA SNEDDEN, Duty Supervisor in [EN]gage gym

Laura was nominated for her innovative rehabilitation work within the University and the local community. Working collaboratively with Academics, her peers within the [EN]gage gym centre and external agencies such as; Health All Round, Health Agency, Maggies, Edinburgh Cancer Centre and Prostate Scotland, ‘mobility for all’ was established to support people affected by long term health conditions, chronic pain and cancer.



NATHALIA TJANDRA, Associate Professor in the Business School




KING OMEIHE, Lecturer in the Business School

King has been recognised by multiple national awards nominations such as; PIEoneer Awards and SFEDI/IOEE Enterprise Educator Award. He is at the forefront for the development of a dynamic signature pedagogy; Transformative Immersive Education (TIE), he has fully embedded this approach in his teaching curriculum and in doing so, he has made a lasting contribution to the development of new approaches to course design, learning and teaching and assessment practice. King has specifically transformed ENT 11107 Managing Innovation to become the most sought after module within the Business School.In transforming the teaching material, student satisfaction has gone from less than 40% to above 91% in 2019.



RUTH COCHRANE, School of Arts & Creative Industries

Ruth has established and led many collaborative projects with both internal and external stakeholders.  As project leader for the Bloody Big Project, Ruth brought in project partners; Hey Girls and WIRE media and was instrumental in co-ordinating the first University-wide Bloody Big Brunch and student study trip to Uganda. Ruth also supported the establishment of our widening access Little Inventors Project with a local primary school. Ruth regularly works on collaborative projects with academics from other disciplines and the Bright Red Triangle, Ruth has partnersip work at the core of all her practice.



SCOTT KILLEN, Employment Liaison and Recruitment Manager in the School of Computing

Scott was the first person to hold the role of Employment Liaison and Recruitment Manager for the University and has been instrumental in the Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes, not just within his School but throughout the University as a whole. Scott has been incredibly helpful towards all incoming Employment Liaision and Recruitment Managers at the University. He has shown true professionalism and is always willing to impart his knowledge and experience when required. He has provided valuable support to the other schools when launching their own graduate apprenticeship courses. And he is the driving force in establishing positive working relationships between the Graduate Apprenticeship Managers over the three schools.



HOCK TAN, Lecturer in the Business School

Hock ensures that his students have not only a positive learning experience, but also one that is transformative throughout their time at the University. Hock teaches a large fourth year module where he involves students in thinking about solutions for real world changes. Over his long career at Edinburgh Napier University, Hock consistently shows dedication to the provision of responsive and personalised student support, this has been recognised by winning several ENSA excellence awards.



JO BROWN (Assistant Laboratory Technician) & LISA MCMILLAN (Laboratory Technician), School of Applied Sciences

Helping to reduce waste, our carbon footprint and improve efficiency, Lisa and Jo have pioneered a method to decontaminate and recycle single-use plastics from the labs in the School of Applied Sciences. They have already recycled over 500kg of plastics that would have otherwise been discarded as plastic waste. This achievement was showcased during Climate Week and has drawn attention from other institutions looking to recycle their lab plastics. Their approach not only raises the University’s profile, but is also set to influence society through improving sustainable practices across the sector.



LUCA MORA, Lecturer in the Business School

Luca is an internationally recognised expert in smart city development and his leadership in research and innovation is exemplified in the significant contribution he has made towards increasing the international profile of our university, especially during the last year. He has been a key contributor in the recently completed European project, this has been pivotal in conducting a comprehensive study of the offsite construction sector in Scotland. This study was commissioned by Scottish Government and the findings will be used to inform the Scottish National Housing Policy. 

You can view all of this year's nominees here​.