University Mentor of the Year awarded to Cardiff University Lecturer

by Gee Harland

A Cardiff University lecturer has been awarded for his mentoring excellence.

Professor Roger Awan-Scully is the Head of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University. The professor collected the prize at the National Mentoring Awards in London.

The awards ceremony, which is dedicated to celebrating mentoring excellence, was attended by over 300 of the UK’s top mentors.

Professor Awan-Scully was awarded University Mentor of the Year due to his: “years of dedicated and outstanding work with students of all levels, as well as with junior academic colleagues”, as recognised by the judges.

Upon receiving the award, Professor Awan-Scully said: “I was deeply honoured to be given the award of National University Mentor of the Year.

“It was also a privilege to attend the awards ceremony and hear about the inspiring work of so many amazing people mentoring others across all walks of life.

“It was great to be a small part of such an extraordinary event”.

Professor Awan-Scully has had a career involving a diverse range of academic work and has contributed to many aspects of political life in Cardiff. He is one of the UK’s experts in devolution, public opinion and party politics.

For example, his analysis of the Welsh Political Barometer polls, carried out by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre in collaboration with ITV Cymru-Wales and YouGov, is credited as having informed political debate and helped further provide an understanding of public opinion in Wales.

As well as his analysis work, he has led the last two Welsh Election Studies, which are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK.

His friends, family and colleagues have expressed their sense of pride at his work and believe it could not have been deserved more.

A previous colleague Dr Einion Dafydd told Cardiff University that: “This award is richly deserved.

“Ever supportive and considerate, Roger mentored me from my time as an undergraduate, through my PhD years, my time as a lecturer at Cardiff University, and we remain friends now that I work for the Welsh Government.

“Scores of current and former students and colleagues will be forever grateful to Roger for his support – and this award is a special recognition of his long-standing commitment to mentoring those in his care.”

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