Bob Beattie
Recognition Awards 2022

This annual celebration recognises the achievements of Postgraduate students throughout the year - for going above and beyond to support students, contributing to Postgraduate life at Keele and showing significant kindness and generosity to others.


Who was Bob Beattie?

Bob Beattie first came to Keele in 1965 as the Psychology Department’s first lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Bob was, for many years, a mainstay of the KPA Clubhouse, offering informal counselling and advice to many students. After his passing in 2015, the Clubhouse honoured Bob with a sketch portrait that sits above his spot in the KPA and the association honours him, every year by celebrating deserving students with the ‘Bob Beattie Postgraduate Recognition Awards’.

2022 Award Winners:

We had so many fantastic nominations this year and our Bursary Awards and Scholarships Committee (BASC) decided that there were four students whose nominations stood above the rest and who deserved to be joint--winners of this years Bob Beattie Postgraduate Recognition Award, which comes with a prize of £250 per winner. Congratulations to our winners, and to all who were nominated this year!

Our 2022 Winners are: Cathryn Davies, Ellie Assaf, Flick Adams, Rachana Dhaka


Below you will see our 2022 winners listed as well as some excerpts from their nomination:

Cathryn Davies

  • Cathryn is a vital part of the organisation and promotion of the HUMSS Work in Progress Seminar Series: a monthly knowledge exchange network within the Faculty Humanities and Social Sciences that provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to present, and receive feedback upon, work in progress. Cathryn has been in attendance at the seminars without fail and is always happy to step in and chair, or to ask an interesting question of the presenter.

  • Cathryn has made considerable efforts to get to know her fellow postgraduates despite the challenges of doing this during the pandemic: making connections across both PGR and PGT cohorts and taking the time to introduce incoming postgraduates within the School of English to established students and networks. 

  • She is never to busy to make time to support her fellow students: whether that's through having a coffee, congratulating them on Twitter, or signposting them to an opportunity.

  • Cathryn previously studied at Staffordshire University and has continued to act as an advocate for mature students within higher education both at Staffs and at Keele: sharing her experiences of returning to study and offering encouragement to those seeking to progress to postgraduate study.

Ellie Assaf


  • Ellie is always available and happy to help her peers, to share her experiences, and to offer advice and support.

  • Ellie was one of the voluntary co-organisers for this years HUMSS PG Research Symposium which was a fantastic event with many stimulating posters and discussions and this was due, in part, to her enthusiasm to get PG students involved, her technical know-how and her commitment to ensuring that the day ran smoothly in hybrid-format.

  • Ellie has also been involved in many other ways with the PG community, including volunteering to continue to compile the KPA Digest when unfortunately she had to resign from the position as secretary due to personal reasons,

  • She is a consistently visible presence at research seminars and involved in advocating for PGR students to be treated fairly during their course and raising related issues to people who can action and work on them

  • Ellie is an outstanding person who's compassion, resilience and commitment continues to surprise and inspire

Flick Adams

  • Flick is a prominent figure within the staff and student communities at Keele. She is a dedicated academic-activist currently researching and advocating for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals within her PhD surrounding penal reform from a queer, intersectional-abolitionist feminist perspective focusing on the marginalisation of trans women within the justice system.

  • Flick co-founded and co-facilitates the popular “Read and RESIST!” platform alongside Fabienne Emmerich. “Read and RESIST” is a collective and collaborative forum that continues to host a diverse community of activists and academic voices. Throughout the covid-19 pandemic Flick’s active co-facilitation and editing of this platform developed an accessible and safe forum allowing a network of individuals to converse about all things transformative justice.

  • Flick is the founder and facilitator of “Pen to paper” a writing retreat aimed at aiding early career researchers at Keele University. “Pen to Paper” creates a nurturing space whereby researchers can collectively write on their own research projects in a more supported, structured, and clear manner.

  • Flick has been involved in organising multiple conferences at Keele such as “Building the care act”, “Safeguarding and devolution”, “dignity and wellbeing and human rights” and “Learning through accountability”

Rachana Dhaka

  • Dedicated to supporting international students at Keele who are facing various struggles e.g. mental health, academic, exams and assessments etc.

  • As Keele Research Society secretary she brought together students interested in research from different backgrounds and disciplines

  • Part of the hosting team for the Keele Conference of undergraduate research

  • She was a helping hand for students suffering from Covid-19 on campus over the break

  • She worked with refugee support organization Amity Hub at Newcastle under Lyme and Afghanistan and Central Asian Association in London

  • She has been a Student Voice representative for 2 semesters for PG English classes

  • She has volunteered in many events on campus and promoted the Keele University Big Poetry Project, being its a project manager to help students to overcome their mental health issues

You can hear about all of our nominees and winners by viewing the video from our Postgraduate Celebration Evening which was held on Friday 24th June 2022.