Professor Penny Martens, Deputy Dean of Graduate Research UNSW presented Professor Khalili with his award at a ceremony in the Roundhouse in early August.

The Award, which is supported by the Vice-Chancellor and the Graduate Research School (GRS), recognises the exceptional contributions made by academic staff who have gone above and beyond to enhancing the HDR experience at UNSW.

The Postgraduate Council (PGC), in collaboration with the GRS have been holding the Research Awards for a number of years, and this year received over 160 outstanding nominations from research candidatesresearch supervisors, and research professional staff.

UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs and Professor Jonathan Morris, Pro Vice Chancellor of Research Training at UNSW and Dean of Graduate Research also attended the ceremony.  

Professor Khalili said the award came as a complete surprise, and receiving it was especially pleasing as the awards are nominated by students.

The UNSW Postgraduate Council (PGC) represents postgraduate students to the University administration, all levels of government, the local community, and peak national representative bodies.

Specifically, the PGC deals with representation issues for postgraduate students whose needs and student experience differ from those of undergraduate students. 

PGC's core mission is to facilitate a positive postgraduate experience across the student life cycle (starting the degree, throughout the course, and after they graduate) and is based on three main values:  advocacy, engagement and support.

The complete livestream of the Arc PGC Research Awards 2023 from the ceremony can be viewed via the UNSW PGC Facebook page.

Honourable mention:
Dr Mohammad Vahab from the School’s Centre for infrastructure, Engineering & Safety (CIES) received an Honourable Mention in the category of research supervisors.