PSRA 2017

Professional Services Recognition Awards 2017

The Professional Services Recognition Awards are in their fifth year. These awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding achievements of our professional staff, who are central to the University’s success.

We invited members of the University community (including all staff and students) to nominate a person or team who have made positive contributions to the University in the 2016-17 academic year.

All University of Exeter Professional Services staff were able to be nominated. We also welcomed nominations for colleagues working at Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus), the service delivery partner of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter in Cornwall.

The awards complement other methods of reward and recognition, in particular our Above and Beyond Scheme for all staff.

This year we have six new categories to reflect our values, plus two old favourites are returning.

Ambition has driven us to where we are today, and will help us to sustain our position within the Global 100. 

  • Excellent individual support to academic staff/students
  • A colleague who has developed professionally and grown their skills
  • A team who has undergone professional development and can now offer a better service
  • A colleague who has enabled others to grow in their roles
  • Leading by example – inspiring others to be ambitious
  • A colleague (or group) who has been instrumental in supporting the University’s strategic ambition

We work at our best in active collaboration among students, colleagues and external partners. 

  • A collaborative internal project with colleagues from around the University
  • A collaborative project working with and listening to our students
  • A project with strong links to external partners, even internationally
  • A team or individual that works in a collaborative way bringing together colleagues, working with students and/or external partners
  • A colleague or team who makes it easy to collaborate and supports others in their collaboration
  • Contribution towards a wider team

We relish challenge and reach for the previously unachievable:

  • A team or individual that has met a challenge head on and improved the way they work or service they offer as a result
  • A team or colleague who has solved a problem in an effective way
  • If the pressure is on, this team or colleague delivers every time and goes out of their comfort zone
  • A team or individual who strives to achieve better results in the service they offer, raising standards
  • A team or colleague who is confident to challenge and be challenged

We support and inspire each other to be the best that we can be:

  • A project, team or colleague who has evidence of bringing people together
  • Going above and beyond a job role to volunteer to assist others
  • An inspiring and/or supportive colleague or team who has led to others acting in a community minded way
  • A colleague or team who has worked outside normal work hours on a community event

Making the exceptional happen requires disruptive thinking, fresh ways of working and solutions with impact.

  • An example of how our work really makes a difference
  • A project that involved new ways of working and that can show measurable results
  • A colleague who gets involved and strives to work in a solution-focused way
  • A project, team or individual that has won external awards or has a reputation for having made an impact

We strive to reach the highest standards of scholarship and service.

  • A team or individual who has worked meticulously to raise their standards of service this year
  • Working tirelessly and diligently in the interests of the University
  • A colleague or team for whom “nothing is too much trouble” who deliver outstanding levels of service
  • Demonstrating attention to detail and thoroughness at work and in dealings with colleagues, students or external partners

An award for an individual who has made the best contribution to the University either by making a difference behind the scenes, or inspiring colleagues to do the best they can. The University chooses the winner from 5 shortlisted candidates via a public online vote.   

An award for an individual or team who have shown great creativity and innovation to develop a new way of working.

We appreciate it can be difficult to determine which category best fits your nomination and the organising committee may move nominations received between categories if they think it fits better and to ensure a spread of nominations per category.


  • 20 February – 17 March: Nominations are open
  • 30 May – 9 June: Online voting for “Hero/ine of the Year”
  • Thursday 22 June: Gala dinner to announce award winners

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the PSRA organising team.