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GUA News: Meet our 2024 Chair Judges

Each year, through July and August, The Global Undergraduate Awards invites leading academics and industry experts, from a diverse range of academic and cultural backgrounds, to take part in the deeply rewarding GUA Judging Process.

As the 2024 submission process ends we welcome our Category Chairs and invite you to say hello too.

The role of a Category Chair in the Global Undergraduate Awards judging process is pivotal in maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. Each Category Chair, an expert in their respective field, oversees the rigorous evaluation of submissions, ensuring a fair and thorough review process. Their expertise guides the judging panels, providing critical insights and upholding the integrity of the awards. By leading with dedication and a commitment to excellence, our Category Chairs help celebrate the outstanding achievements of undergraduate students worldwide.

Architecture & Design - Dr Simon Twose Architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington.

Art History & Theory - Professor Emeritus Dr Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe Associate Dean of Graduate Awards and Scholarships at the University of British Columbia.

Business & Economics - Dr Shirley-Ann Hazlett Subject Leader and Codirector of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation in Queen’s Management School.

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences - Dr Jason McNulty Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of St Andrews.

Classical Studies & Archaeology - Dr Katja Winger Archaeologist and Director of the Heinrich Schliemann Memorial.

Computer Science - Dr Wonsun Ahn Associate Professor Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh.

Earth & Environmental Sciences - Professor Glover Chair of Petrophysics and Director of Leeds University Petrophysics Laboratory.

Education - Dr Irda Nalls School of Humanities Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Engineering - Dr Jennifer Bruton Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing Dublin City University.

History - Professor Andreas Leutzsch Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.

Law - Dr Alan Brener Associate Professor Law Faculty and Deputy Director of the Faculty’s Centre for Ethics and Law University College London.

Life Sciences - Dr Ashley Driver Assistant Professor of Biology University of Scranton.

Linguistics - Dr Wendy Anderson Professor of Linguistics University of Glasgow.

Literature - Dr. Kevin De Ornellas Ulster University.

Mass Communication - Professor Marco Sonzogni Professor in Translation Studies Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington.

Mathematics & Physics - Dr Eric Nnditshedzeni Professor of Physics at the University of Venda.

Medical Sciences - Professor James Coulson Professor in Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Toxicology at Cardiff University.

Music, Film & Theatre - Dr Peggy Shannon President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and professional theatre director.

Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare - Dr Pammy Page Assoc. Prof of Nursing, Innovations in Quality and Safety St Andrew’s Private Hospital and the University of Adelaide.

Philosophy - Dr Martine Berenpas Ethics and Politics Fontys, University of Applied Science in Tilburg.

Politics & International Relations - Professor
Emerita Yolanda Sadie Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg.

Psychology - Dr Mei-Hua Lin Associate Dean
School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University.

Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies - Sonia Chinn Professional Learning Lead - University of Texas, Austin.

Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy - Dr. Cynthia Meersohn Schmidt Department of Sociology, University of York.

Visual Arts - Dr Lisa Winstanley Assistant Professor School of Art Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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