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Faculty Staff Awards luncheon recognises FASS academics, professional service staff for excellence

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) recently recognised and honoured academics and professional services staff for the work they do for the University students and staff. The awards were given in four areas of excellence including, teaching and learning, research, achievement and performance and customer service. The Faculty Staff Award were presented the awards at F3A12 on 26 November 2019 at the University.

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia Interim Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Ir. Dr Law Chung Lim: “Staff development is the first priority in the faculty management as people is the key in ensuring success in everything we do.”

He added that the faculty management team will focus on how to support staff in their academic promotion and how to benefit from using PDPR as an effective tool to promote excellence in teaching, research and citizenship. He further emphasised the importance of having effective managing systems especially having clear procedures. The faculty will continue to support staff and students through strategic funding and allocation to schools as well as reward to staff to encourage them to continue to strive for greater success in their own areas of expertise.”

Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award and Special Citation in Teaching and Learning

The Faculty recognised Mike James Mustafa, Dr Maniam Kaliannan, Dr Benjamin Barton, Dr Leong Yut Moy, Cristina Quintana Blanco, Dr Alberto Luis August, Dr Too Wei Keong, Professor Malachi Edwin Vethamani, Dr Melissa Yoong, Ms Chin Li Yeun, Ms Nabila Shariff Albaiti, Dr Luke Okafor and Dr Risky Harisa Haslan for individual achievement and sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning. 

There were two special awards given to the Schools for their outstanding contribution to student learning experience. Dr Mohammad Safaei received the award for the School of English and the Head of School while Dr Joanne Lim received the award for the School of Media, Languages and Cultures.

FASS Research Excellence, Individual and Commendation Awards 

Besides receiving the teaching and learning excellence award, Dr Maniam Kaliannan and Luke Okafor were also recognised for research excellence together with the following faculty academics – Dorcas Lam, Tiong Kung Ming, Victor, Dr Chuma Owuamalam, Dr Hazel Melanie Ramos, Dr Dilip Mutum, Dr Wong Tze Peng and Dr Lee Kean Wah. Commendation in research excellence award were given to Dr Melissa Yoong, Dr Shaista Arshad and Gayathry S. Venkiteswaran.

FASS Professional Service Staff Excellence Awards

Two special awards were given out to the professional service staff of the Faculty. The Exemplary in Achievement and Performance Award was given to acknowledge Leong Choy Wan for her excellent leadership abilities, high levels of professionalism and exemplary initiatives. Ms Nadiah Mohamad was the recipient of the Customer Service Award in recognition of going beyond the call of duty in delivering exceptional customer service and creating a memorable experience for students and staff. Both winners were nominated by voting from members of the Faculty staff body.

The Staff Award ceremony was preceded by the year end Faculty Forum for 2019. During the scheduled forum meeting, Professor Law Chung Lim spoke to members of the Faculty before taking questions from members of the Faculty body. This was followed by updates from the three Faculty Associate Deans, Dr Hazel Melanie Ramos, Yvonne Seow and Joanne Lim.

Dean of FOSE, Professor Andy Chan and University Research and Knowledge Exchange Hub Manager Nengaswary Maniam also joined the forum. Both speakers shared and engaged members of the Faculty on workload planning and University Research and Knowledge Exchange respectively.

The day’s session ended with networking and engagement lunch for invited speakers and members of Faculty.


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Posted on 12th December 2019

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