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DSE Outstanding Contribution (DOCA) Awards 2024 - Celebrating our 10th Annual Ceremony

23 Apr 2024

Every year the Directorate for the Student Experience recognises, rewards, celebrates and thanks staff for their contribution to the Directorate and to the University of Manchester, through the DSE Outstanding Contribution Awards, known as the DOCAs.

DSE awards

This year, the DOCAs took place on 26 March in the Whitworth Hall - with over 200 colleagues attending the event.

The awards were hosted and presented by Brendon Jones, Simon Merrywest, Vicky Ackerley, Richard Cotton, Sarah Littlejohn, Kelly-Ann Mallon. 

We were also joined by Patrick Hackett who said: "This year is extra special as it is the tenth anniversary of the DOCAs and I am delighted to be here today to recognise and celebrate all of your achievements over the last year. The standard and quality of nominations is something which makes me really proud".

This year's winners

The Alex Jackson Award: Emma Richardson

Continued Excellence: Barbara Bilas; Christina Benedetti; Dale Pullin; Delia Goodwin; Diana Kurkul; Emma Sanders; Laura Markham-Jones; Lisa McDonagh; Magda Lipka; Sarah Mallen; Sarah Williams 

Inspiring Leader: Fiona Eccles; Pamela Hadfield; Suzi Pettitt

Newcomer of the Year: Emma Brewin-Caddy; Ellie Powell; Charlotte Chan; Bethany Whittaker; Jonathan Bennett; Evelyn Keating; Emma Coyle; Emma King 

Collaboration and Partnership Working: Appeals, Complaints & Discipline Team; FSE Faculty Careers Team; Green Wellbeing Project Team; Conduct & Discipline Team; Pete Connolly, Claire Francis, Beth Podesta & Ibrar Ahmed

Unsung Heroes: Accommodation Office; Nikki Kyne; Student Immigration Team; Thomas Rushton & Melanie Braun

Inspiring Innovation: Careers Service Comms & Marketing Team; Ibrar Ahmed

Supporter of the Year: Emma Moores; Sandra Davidson & Blaise Kabalu; Assessment & Progression Team in SMS; Jacinta Blythe

Further information about the DOCA awards