A Cardiff University academic has been named National University Mentor of the Year.
Professor Roger Awan-Scully, Head of Politics and International Relations at the university, collected the prize at the National Mentoring Awards in London.
Judges said the award recognised his “years of dedicated and outstanding work with students of all levels, as well as with junior academic colleagues.”
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.”
The awards ceremony, which is a national celebration to honour mentoring excellence, was attended by over 300 of the UK’s top mentors from every sector of business and society.
Professor Awan-Scully is one of the UK’s foremost experts in devolution, public opinion and party politics. 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, has informed political debate and helped provide an understanding of public opinion in Wales. He has also led the last two Welsh Election Studies, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK.
Former colleague Dr Einion Dafydd said: “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.”