Jisc announces 2023 community champions
Fifteen champions and seven finalists have been chosen across UK education and research communities.
Jisc’s community champion awards celebrate the extraordinary individuals going above and beyond in further and higher education, and research.
Established in 2020, the awards bring together inspirational groups that provide a lifeline to help people and institutions adapt and learn. Since then, 44 people have been named a Jisc community champion.
This year’s champions and finalists gave up their time and worked tirelessly to support their cause. Whether they are a community's unsung hero, the technical whizz, the advocate, or pioneer, they have gone above and beyond.
The champions will receive a VIP experience at Digifest 2023, with travel, accommodation and celebratory evening meal included. The finalists (nominees that made it through to the last round of judging) will receive a written commendation for their outstanding community efforts.
Natasha Veenendaal, head of community engagement at Jisc, said:
“Celebrating the community champions is the highlight of my year. Many of our champions do not realise how much they are appreciated, and being able to share that news is a privilege.
“The champions, finalists, and nominees promote shared learning, collaborative problem solving, and a sense of togetherness; the value of which should not be underestimated.
“We have been amazed with the quality of nominations for 2023 and would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to submit.”
Jisc’s 2023 community champions
Alison Harvey, Cardiff University
Chris Banks, Imperial College London
Chris Price, Swansea University
Erika Neck, The College, Merthyr Tydfil
Dr Flavio Azevedo, University of Cambridge
Geena Vabulas, Karten Network and/ Policy Connect
Jo Fletcher-Saxon, Ashton Sixth Form College
Joy McLean, West College Scotland
Kelly Edwards, Harlow College
Lisa Charkiewicz, South Essex College of Further and Higher Education
Niamh Tumelty, The University of Cambridge
Rachel Öner, Öner Consultancy an advocate for the NATECLA community
Seima Mahmood, Bradford College
Susan Robbins, University of Sussex
Valerie McCutcheon, University of Glasgow
Jisc’s community champion finalists
Alina Tasadaq, Leeds Trinity University
Monika Worthington, Bradford College
Sarah Waddington, Socially Mobile (CIC and PR Leadership School)
Kerry Heathcote, College of West Anglia
Jonathan Selvage, Chelmsford College
Dominik Lukes, University of Oxford
Stacy Vipas, Askham Bryan College
Find out more
For more information about communities at Jisc, and to meet our champions (past and present) register for Digifest and visit us at the dedicated communities area. Attendance at Digifest counts towards the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.