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Award Categories

There are 8 DOCA award categories; these include:

  • The Alex Jackson Award
  • Newcomer of the Year
  • Inspiring Leader
  • Unsung Hero(s)
  • Continued Excellence (indvidual)
  • Collaboration and partnership working (team)
  • Inspiring innovation
  • Supporter of the Year
Award CategoryAn opportnity to recognise and reward
 The Alex Jackson Award

An opportunity to recognise an individual within the DSE who has made an outstanding effort to support a student to access and then succeed at University.

This brand-new award is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate a DSE colleague who has made an outstanding contribution to any aspect of access to higher education, or to positively impact a students’ time with the University.  This can take many forms and very often small things can make a huge impact.  We welcome nominations from all areas of the DSE. 

Newcomer of the Year

an individual who is new to their role and has already made a positive impact. This colleague will have been in post for less than 18 months and have;

  • delivered an outstanding piece of work or consistently delivered an excellent performance that has made a positive impact on their area of work;
  • exemplified the DSE values – integrity; single team; flexible and open to change; own what we do.
Inspiring Leader

a line manager, team leader, project manager or Head of Service. This inspirational colleague will;

  • motivate, inspire and empower individuals and/or teams to achieve their goals;
  • support individuals and/or teams to fulfill their potential.
Unsung Hero(s)

an individual and/or team whose contribution to DSE is invaluable, but perhaps goes unnoticed. This award changes that by recognising dedicated people, who are;

  • committed to providing help and support to their colleagues;
  • always working diligently behind the scenes to support DSE activities and objectives.
Continued Excellence (Individual) For an individual who delivers an exceptional ‘first mile’ - it’s not just about going the extra mile but;
  • putting in a consistently excellent core performance;
  • showing commitment in pursuit of supporting DSE activities and objectives.
Collaboration and Partnership Working (Team)

a team who truly embodies the spirit of team work. As a team they will;

  • demonstrate collaboration and partnership working within their Division, across the DSE, with colleagues in other areas of the University or with external contacts;
  • show commitment as a team in pursuit of supporting DSE activities and objectives.
Inspiring Innovation

an individual and/or team who have utilised creativity in the pursuit of service enhancement. This category recognises colleagues who;

  • have utilised innovation and creativity to develop brand new or significantly improve existing processes, methods, systems, products or services;
  • have added value to their area of work through their innovation and creativity.
Supporter of the Year

an individual and/or team from within the university community, but outside of the DSE, who;

  • are always willing to help and support DSE colleagues;
  • have delivered an outstanding piece of work or consistently deliver an excellent performance that enables us to deliver DSE activities and objectives.