A hat-trick of Research and Innovation Awards

The College of Law and Criminology is celebrating its success at the Swansea University Research and Innovation Awards, which took place on Friday 11th November 2016.

The Awards, held at the Great Hall on the University's Bay Campus, recognise the achievements of Swansea’s research community across ten different categories. The College was one of the night’s big winners, with the Cyberterrorism Project picking up three of the ten awards.

The team won the coveted Award for Outstanding Research Collaboration, sponsored by Geldards Law Firm, for their work on assessing and responding to terrorists’ use of the internet. This project achieves impact at an international level through the support it provides to military, law enforcement and intelligence personnel, and has strong links with a broad network of international partners.

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Professor Stuart Macdonald, who directs the Project, was a joint winner of the Award for Outstanding Research Supervision, sponsored by Santander. He was nominated by his research students in recognition of his “unconditional, relentless support” that goes beyond the duties of a research supervisor, and for his role in providing opportunities for research students to develop their expertise and skills. ‌

Stuart said: "The College is fortunate to have such a committed, enthusiastic and gifted community of PhD students. I am very grateful to them for nominating me for this award. I benefit greatly from having the opportunity to supervise them, and consider it a privilege to be able to play a part in their development as researchers."

The third accolade of the evening went to postgraduate research student David Mair, who received the Rising Star Award, sponsored by Biovici. David is in the third year of an ESRC-funded PhD in terrorists’ use of psychological warfare techniques. He has contributed to five NATO Advanced Training Courses, which has supported the training of 344 military, intelligence and law enforcement personnel from 31 countries.

In addition to the three awards, Criminology Lecturer Debbie Jones, Co-PI on The Student Sex Work Project, was runner up in the Rising Star category, and the Project itself was runner up in the category for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, Culture and Society.

Professor Elwen Evans QC, Head of the College of Law and Criminology, said: “What a great night for the College! I am enormously pleased for everyone who received or was shortlisted for a Research and Innovation award. The judges were greatly impressed and unstinting in their praise, and we are so very fortunate to have such valuable, valued, enthusiastic and successful members of the College team.”

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