Faculty of Environment

Awards and Achievements

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Celebrating staff and students' awards and achievements

We believe that the quality of our research is second to none, so we're extremely proud that we regularly receive recognition for the excellent work that our students and staff members carry-out. See our award winners outstanding work below.

If you would like to add your award or achievement to this list, please email foe-webmaster@leeds.ac.uk the completed attached spreadsheet.

2017

School of Earth and Environment

Paul Wignall, Professor of Palaeoenvironments

Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal – awarded by the European Geological Union in recognition for scientists exceptional contributions to either Stratigraphy, Sedimentology or Paleontology.

2016

School of Earth and Environment

Tracy Aze, Lecturer: Marine Micropaleontology

Lyell Fund Award - The William Smith Fund is awarded for excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of geoscience. [Link] 


Liane Benning, Professor of Experimental Biogeochemistry

Bigsby Medal - Founded by John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792 - 1881), this medal is awarded biennially 'as an acknowledgement of eminent services in any department of Geology, irrespective of the receivers' country; but (s)he must have done no more than 25 years full time equivalent research, thus probably not too old for further work, and not too young to have done much'. [Link] 


Anja Schmidt, Academic Research Fellow

Wilbur Smith Geological Society Award - Awarded to contributors to the Earth Sciences on the basis of noteworthy published research. [Link]


Anja Schmidt, Academic Research Fellow

Woman of Achievement - Recognises the significant contribution and impact that both female staff and students have made across the University and beyond. [Link] 


Dr Caroline Peacock, Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry 

Woman of Achievement - Recognises the significant contribution and impact that both female staff and students have made across the University and beyond. [Link]


Professor Simon Poulton, Director of the Earth Surface Science Institute

Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award is for respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential to the UK. The 5-year award is for a study of 'Nutrient controls on Earth's oxygenation history'.

2015

School of Earth and Environment

Maha Alsabbagh / PhD student, SEE / SRI

The L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" Middle East Fellowship 2015 - L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East fellowships program aims to promote the participation of young women in science coming from GCC countries and Yemen. The program honors four talented young Arab women researchers by 4 fellowships amounting to Twenty thousand Euros each. [Link]


Martyn Chipperfield, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry; Director of NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award - The Merit Awards recognise respected scientists of outstanding research achievement and potential. [Link]


Doug Parker, Joint Met Office Professor of Meteorology; Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award holder

University of Leeds Vice Chancellor's Impact Awards - The awards recognise outstanding examples of the contribution that the University's research makes to society. [Link]


Dr Caroline Peacock, Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry

European Association of Geochemistry Houtermans Award 2015 - The Houtermans award is bestowed annually to a scientist no more than 35 years of age or within 6 years of their PhD for a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. It is named in honour of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.

The award was presented at the 2015 Goldschmidt Conference in Prague. [Link]


Anja Schmidt, Academic Research Fellow

George Walker Award - The award is given every two years to a scientist up to 7 years after PhD and recognizes achievements of a recent outstanding graduate in the fields of research encompassed by IAVCEI. [Link]


Dominick Spracklen, Associate Professor; Biosphere, Aerosol & Climate

2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize - Awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise. [Link]


Professor Tim Wright, Satellite Geodesy

The award honors scientists who in the past decade have made significant and growing impacts in their field. [Link]

Institute for Transport Studies

Anna Clark, Masters Student

Best paper from an author under 30

Awarding body: Scottish Transport Applications & Research (STAR) conference

The paper 'Cycle to Work scheme - Weekend Warriors or Daily Commuters'  was co-authored with Jeremy Shires and James Laird. [Link]


Joanna Elvy, PhD Student

Postgraduate Researcher of the Year

Awarding body: University of Leeds

Runner-up in the 'Showcase' competition for  an innovative and engaging presentation on Socially Inclusive Sustainable Mobility. [Link]


Chris Leahy, PhD Student

Best paper  for young researchers

Awarding body: International Journal of Transport Economics prize

Supervisors: Haibo Chen and Richard Batley


Dr Karen Lucas, Director of Research & Innovation

Offered by the Transportation Geography Speciality Group of the AAG since 1990 for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography.


Dr Karen Lucas, Director of Research & Innovation

Visiting Scholar Award

University of Sydney

For a project focusing on the role of young people's travel in the development of more sustainable transport.


Rawia el Rashidy, PhD Student

Women of Achievement

Awarding body: University of Leeds

'Women of Achievement' have all achieved an external prize or award in their field for outstanding research, teaching, scholarship, or technical work since January 2010 . Rawia’s research on resilience of transport to unexpected climate-related events was awarded a Gold medal in the Young Researchers in Europe competition 2012. [Link]


Dr Phill Wheat

Research Excellence for PhD Thesis

Awarding body: University of Leeds

School of Geography

Freddie Draper, PhD Student

Postgraduate Researcher of the Year

Awarding body: University of Leeds

Presentation: Carbon storage and floristic dynamics in Amazonian peatland ecosystems

This research was scored particularly high by the judges for its impact.

2014

School of Earth and Environment

Dr Cathryn Birch, UK Met Office, Research Fellow

EMS Young Scientist Award given in recognition of excellent performance in terms of scientific publications or presentations during the early stage of their scientific career by the European Meteorological Society.


Professor Ken Carslaw, Atmospheric Scientist, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)

Ascent Award - Exceptional mid-career (academic, government, private sector) scientists in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences. Applicant to demonstrate excellence in research and leadership in their field.


Professor Ken Carslaw, Atmospheric Scientist, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Award – given to those researchers ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.


Luca Colombera, Research Fellow

Gustavo Sclocchi Theses Award - for Doctors of Philosophy and University Graduates in Petroleum Engineering, Geo-sciences and other disciplines related to the oil and gas industry. [Link]


Dr Chris Davies, National Environmental Research Council (NERC) Research Fellow

Winton Capital Award in Geophysics recognising research by a postdoctoral fellow in a UK institution whose career has shown the most promising development. Awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society.


Lyndsey Fox, PhD graduate

Charles Downie Award for the best paper, in any journal, based upon their postgraduate research. Awarded by the Micropalaeontological Society.


Professor Greg Houseman, Geophysics

Awarded the 2015 Augustus Love Medal for Geodynamics by the European Geosciences Union.


Professor Doug Parker, Meteorology

The Vaisala Award was established in 1985 and is administered by the WMO and awarded to stimulate interest in meteorological research that involves meteorological observation methods and instruments. The Award recognises outstanding research papers and it comprises cash, a medal and diploma. [Link]


Professor Doug Parker, Meteorology
Professor Andy Shepherd, Earth Observation

Wolfson Research Merit Award - Up to 5 years' funding for salary enhancement of £10,000 to £30,000 per annum. [Link]


Professor Andy Parsons, Ekbal Hussain (PhD Student)

Outstanding Student Paper Award - for outstanding student presentations on science related to geodynamic processes at rifting and subducting margins. [Link]


Hannah Price, Research Fellow

Early Career Scientist Travel Award bursary, Aerosol Society.


Cat Scott, Research Fellow

Springer Thesis Award - Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in this series. Nominated and endorsed by two recognized specialists, each thesis is chosen for its scientific excellence and impact on research. For greater accessibility to non-specialists, the published versions include an extended introduction, as well as a foreword by the student’s supervisor explaining the special relevance of the work for the field. As a whole, the series provides a valuable resource both for newcomers to the relevant field, and for other scientists seeking detailed background information on special questions. Finally, it provides an accredited documentation of the valuable contributions made by today’s younger generation of scientists. [Link]


Andrew Shepherd, Professor of Earth Observation

Wolfson Research Merit Award - This scheme is for outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit them to or retain them in the UK. [Link]


Dr Richard Walters, Research Fellow

Awarded the Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize for the best doctoral thesis in geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society.


Professor Tim Wright, Satellite Geodesy, Geodynamics and Tectonics

Geodesy Section Award, given in recognition of major advances in geodesy by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).


Professor Will Young, Sustainability and Business, Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)

M&S University of Leeds Sustainable Leadership Award celebrates great leadership taken on embedding and promoting sustainability across campus by staff and students. Awarded by the Sustainability Team, University of Leeds.


Theodore Wilson, Research Fellow

Awarded a research grant by the Aerosol Society.


School of Earth and Environment and University of Leeds Residential Services

M&S University of Leeds Sustainable Leadership Award celebrates great leadership taken on embedding and promoting sustainability across campus by staff and students. Awarded by the Sustainability Team, University of Leeds.

School of Geography

Dr Luke Burns, Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy

Excellence in Education Award, Association for Geographic Information.

“It is incredibly pleasing to pick up this award, particularly knowing how many good geospatial courses are taught in universities and commercially across the country. I think this award is a reflection of being successful at getting the next generation of GI professionals excited and confident when working with spatial data – and that is very satisfying. Thanks to the AGI for this recognition.”


Dr Simon Lewis, Climate Scientist, Ecology and Global Change

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Award – given to those researchers ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.


Professor Oliver Phillips, Climate Scientist, Tropical Forests in the Changing Earth System

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Award – given to those researchers ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.


Richard Thomas, MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) graduate

Student of the Year Award, Association for Geographic Information.

“This means a great deal to me. It wasn't easy to return to university after many years working in quite a different field. But I was excited by the challenges of GIS, spurred on by the enthusiasm of my lecturers at the University of Leeds, and I'm now surprised and proud to be given this award.”


Dr Graeme SwindlesAssociate Professor of Earth System Dynamics

Lewis Penny Medal

Awarded annually to a young or new research worker who has made a significant contribution to the study of strata from the Quaternary period (the last two million years) in the British isles and its martime environment. [Link]

Institute for Transport Studies

Joanna Elvy, PhD Student

‘Postgraduate Researcher of the Year’, runner-up at the University of Leeds.


Professor Stephane Hess, Choice Modelling, Economics and Discrete Choice

Transport Research Board (TRB) Outstanding Young Member Award recognises a distinguished younger member of a TRB standing committee who has demonstrated exceptional service to TRB and achievements in transportation research, policy or practice.