Kent Business School’s Deputy Dean (Accreditations & Medway) and Interim Head of Department for Leadership & Management, Dr Catherine Robinson has been awarded the University’s Research and Innovation Community Prize 2021.
The University’s Research and Innovation Prizes 2021 are designed to celebrate the achievements of academic and professional services staff across a range of areas, and to highlight activities that have had a transformative effect, creating new knowledge, benefiting a particular community, and supporting others in the research and innovation ecosystem.
In her role of Academic Lead for Accreditations, Dr Robinson was commended for leading KBS through the EQUIS accreditation process, at a challenging time for both the business school as a whole and for her personally.
Professor Paola Scaparra said: “Kate led the process with great professionalism and friendship, providing encouragement, support and expert guidance to all colleagues. Thanks to Kate’s expert and kind leadership, the School was awarded EQUIS accreditation which places KBS among the top 1% of ‘triple crown’ business schools worldwide.
“Of particular relevance to this nomination is that the EQUIS accreditation panel highlighted our R&I successes as the main area of excellence. The Peer Review Report states “The main strength of the School lies in its potential to combine research excellence with societal engagement and a strive to make a positive impact on society”.
Catherine says: “I am delighted to be the recipient of this special award for community. 2020/21 has been so challenging for so many that to be recognised for bringing people together is an honour. I work with so many amazing colleagues and it is a testament to our ability to come together that I receive this on top of the Division’s accreditation achievements. Thanks to all at KBS but especially to Paola for inspirational leadership in research.”
Dr Catherine Robinson is Deputy Dean (Head of KBS Medway) and Senior Lecturer in Applied Economics and Business Statistics at Kent Business School.