Association of Open University Graduates

From left to right: Mair Lloyd, Roy Adkin, Dr Juliet Waterkeyn (mother of
Bursary winner, Tamsin Waterkeyn), Victoria Holt, Cate Hunt

AOUG 2016 Awards

At this year’s AOUG Foundation for Education Research Awards Ceremony held on Friday, 7th October on the OU campus at Milton Keynes, over seventy AOUG members, Award winners’ families and friends, OU staff and guests were there to watch the presentations and hear about the winners and their research. AOUG Chairman, Margaret Stobirski, presented the Research Awards.

The winners were:

AOUG Vice-Chancellor Sir John Horlock Award for Science
Roy Adkin
Novel fluorescent sensors for detecting organic compounds in extra-terrestrial samples
Supervisor Dr James Bruce (Life Health and Chemical Sciences)

AOUG Will Swann Award for Innovation and Knowledge Development
Victoria Holt
A Study into Best Practices and Procedures used in the Management of Database Systems
Supervisors Dr Magnus Ramage and Dr Karen Kear, Computing and Communications Dept, Faculty of Mathematics Computing and Technology

AOUG Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel Award for Education and Language Studies
Mair Lloyd
Living Latin: exploring the communicative approach to Latin teaching through a sociocultural perspective on Latin learning
Supervisor Dr Ursula Stickler (FELS)

AOUG Vic Finkelstein Award for Health and Social Care
Jeff Hunt (Posthumous Award)
A study of the experiences of fathers of young children, perceptions of how they themselves were fathered and how they see their identities as men and fathers interrelating
Award received by Mrs Cate Hunt. Introduced by Dr Lindsay O’Dell, Director of Post Graduate Studies, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

After the Awards presentation, there was an address by Dr Stephen Conway, Director of Research & Academic Strategy at The Open University. Following this, Chairman Margaret Stobirski announced that Fraser Woodburn, who retired as University Secretary last year, would be presented with an Honorary Life Membership of AOUG for the support he had given to the Association. The presentation took place on the following day, when the Executive Committee were meeting on campus. The audience then looked at the displays and enjoyed a buffet lunch before the Foundation Lecture in the afternoon.