2015 Prize Winners


Marilena AntoniadouDr Marilena Antoniadou, Senior Lecturer in Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School has been awarded the 2015 Prize for her proposal entitled:.

"On being an international academic: an exploration of the emotional experiences of international academics in the UK’s Higher Education"

Drawing on a phenomenological approach, her PhD thesis explored the emotionality of academics in the context of the Cypriot academia. Prior to her current post, she was a lecturer of public and human relations in Cyprus from 2006 to 2008.

Marilena holds a degree in communications and mass media from the University of Athens, a MA in Public Relations and a Masters of Research from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Whilst working, Marilena is now completing a third MA in Academic Practice. She is a Chartered member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her research interests cover the areas of discrete emotions, organisational phenomenology and narratives. Her management role as a Year tutor in her University has also generated a research interest in the role of social support to the undergraduate student experience in higher education.

The SRHE funded project will allow Marilena to explore the phenomenon of being an international academic in the UK, through the lens of their emotions. The project specifically aims to uncover the meaning of working across cultural-educational settings and examine the lived emotional experiences of international academics during their transition, teaching and social interactions.


Dr Emma MedlandDr Emma Medland, Lecturer in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey was awarded the 2015 Prize for her proposal entitled:

"Examining the Examiner: Investigating the assessment literacy of external examiners"

Dr Emma Medland joined the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey in September 2013 as a Lecturer in Higher Education.  She has responsibility for the Continuing Professional Development provision offered by the Department and teaches on the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, as well as leading on various institution-wide and bespoke sessions.  Prior to her role at the University of Surrey, Emma was a lecturer with the King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London from 2007, where she was the Programme Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.  During her time at KLI, Emma was also the academic lead on an institution wide initiative involving the review and enhancement of assessment and feedback practices (further details of this initiative may be located here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/assess).

Emma holds a first degree in Education Studies and Psychology from Lancaster University and a Masters in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Surrey. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Surrey in 2009; her thesis title was Self-Theories of Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education: Assessment feedback and non-continuation. Her PhD research informed Emma’s interest in assessment and feedback in Higher Education, which has increasingly defined her role.

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