Mary Williams Award

Mary Williams Award

Nominations are now open for the Mary Williams Award 2018!

The Mary Williams Award aims to recognise individuals for their contribution to the University’s culture and community through:

  • supporting the career development of colleagues and/or students with a particular focus on removing barriers that prevent development
  • promoting and/or providing equal opportunities for all
  • supporting the University’s equality agenda to utilise all of our talent


All staff; male and female, in academic, Professional Services, management and support roles at Swansea University are eligible for the Mary Williams Award and nominations are open to all staff. An individual or a team can be nominated, as long as the nominee(s) have gone that extra mile to make a real difference in support of the award principles noted above.

For example, nominees could include:

  • an inspirational mentor who has helped to improve your confidence
  • a colleague who provides support for individuals with a particular focus on removing barriers to enable development, e.g. by enabling flexible working;
  • a team that has done an exceptional job at promoting training opportunities for all.
  • a colleague who contributes to the mainstreaming and embedding of equality, for example, how culture and attitudes have been changed to tackle the unequal representation of women or men, black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals, and/or individuals with a disability etc.

Nominations are in the form of a summary (up to 300 words), which should outline the reasons why the nominee is a worthy recipient, giving specific examples of noteworthy practice to evidence one or more of the award principles. 

To nominate someone, please download and complete this application form and email to  Mary Williams Award nomination form 2018

The deadline is Friday 8th June 2018

If you have any queries, please contact a member of the Equal Opportunities team:

Winner - 2016

Mahaboob Basha

Swansea University is pleased to announce that the winner of the Mary Williams Award 2016 is Dr Mahaboob Basha, who was commended on his commitment to interfaith activity at the university.

Dr Mahaboob Basha is the Development Officer in the Development & Alumni Relation Office (DARO). Having started his career as a Diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service, he was elected the Students Union International Officer in 2011, and joined DARO as a staff member in 2013. He is currently working to establish new International Chapters all over the world as part of Swansea University’s 2020 celebrations. He is also Project Officer with responsibility for raising funds for dual-campus Multi Faith activities. 


Winner - 2015

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Swansea University is pleased to announce that the winner of the Mary Williams Award 2015 is Miss Farah Bhatti.

Farah is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and Honorary Associate Professor at Swansea University.  Farah was appointed as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon in November 2007 – the first woman to hold such a post in Wales, and the fourth in the UK. She has been actively involved in teaching on the Graduate Entry Medicine programme, and was part of the team that mapped the GEM curriculum to Tomorrow’s Doctors. She is now an Equality and Diversity director for GEM and is leading the university's Race Charter Mark self-assessment team. 

Farah’s nomination highlighted her passion for equity of access to educational opportunities and her encouragement of those from ‘non-traditional backgrounds’ to consider a career in medicine and surgery. Her efforts include organising careers events for GEM students aimed to encourage and inspire students to be the best they can, as well as supporting the Swansea Surgical Society. Farah was one of only three surgeons on The Health Service Journal’s inaugural BME Pioneers List in 2013. She is also a member of the Opportunities in Surgery Committee at the Royal College of Surgeons of England which aims to promote surgery as a career to schoolchildren, medical students and young doctors.  She was recently appointed as an Examiner by the Intercollegiate Speciality Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Winner - 2014

MW Award presentation 2014 Chris

The winner of the Mary Williams Award 2014 was Christine Watson MBE.

Christine is the Manager of Discovery (Student Volunteering), a volunteer led organisation that aims to enrich the lives of people in Swansea through volunteering. Discovery has around 40 projects across the city. Christine has been the manager of Discovery for twenty years. In this role, Christine leads a team of staff and the 250+ student volunteers involved in the work of the Discovery centre.

Those who nominated Christine described her as an inspiration to all of her staff, students and volunteers. She helps students to develop their skills and increase their employability, enabling them to make a difference in the community and leave University as engaged citizens. Her commitment to equality of opportunity is to be celebrated. 

More information about Discovery Student Volunteering is available here.