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Celebrating our alumni community

Each year, we present Alumni Laureate Awards to University of Nottingham alumni in the UK and around the world who have made outstanding contributions to their community, stimulated new ideas and shown exceptional dedication, creativity and leadership. Introduced in 2007, these awards are a celebration of our alumni community and demonstrate the amazing things that can be achieved with a University of Nottingham education. 

2020 Alumni Laureate Awards

Nominations have closed for this year. Keep an eye out later this year for your 2020 winners!

Award categories

Recent Graduate Award

Recognising the achievements of alumni who have graduated since 2010

Special Excellence Award

Recognising a wide range of achievements, such as sporting success, international work or contribution to the arts and the local community

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognising alumni who have demonstrated special excellence over an extended period of time

You can view the full eligibility criteria here (PDF)

Our 2019 award winners

At Winter Graduation, we recognised the achievements of our inspirational 2019 Alumni Laureate Award winners. 


Recent Graduate Award

Ben Hunte 
(Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015)

A journalist and presenter, Ben is the BBC's first LGBT Correspondent, reporting on stories surrounding sexuality and gender. Starting in April 2019, he became the BBC's youngest correspondent to date, and his journalism has already been nominated for awards. Prior to this role, in 2018, Ben launched and presented What's New, the BBC's first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa. 


Recent Graduate Award

Kike Oniwinde
(Economics, 2014)

Kike is the founder of BYP Network, a networking community for black young professionals. Aiming to address a lack of diversity in the workplace, the platform has over 40,000 members and partnerships with leading corporations including Netflix, Accenture and Deloitte. A technology trailblazer, Kike has been named among Forbes' 30 Under 30, Maserati Top 100 innovators and the Financial Times Top 100 UK BAME Leaders in Tech.


Special Excellence Award

Carrie Cracknell
(History, 2002)

Carrie is one of British theatre's leading lights. Becoming Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre London at just 26, she went on to become Associate Director at both the Young Vic and The Royal Court. She works regularly at the National Theatre, where work includes Medea and The Deep Blue Sea. Her first opera was the Olivier Award nominated Wozzeck, while in 2019 she directed Seawall/A Life on broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge. 




Special Excellence Award

Mary Dinah 
(E-Commerce and Digital Business, 2004)

Mary is the founder of Food for Thought Foundation, which currently provides daily school lunches to over 120 young girls in Lagos, Nigeria. Driven by a passion to alleviate poverty and empower youths, Mary also established Job-Link in 2014 as Nigeria's first ever job centre, connecting over 10,000 youths to gainful employment. A hotelier by profession, she is the CEO of Seattle Residences and Spa and a United Nations Fellow. 


Lifetime Achievement Award

Kevin Ellis 
(Industrial Economics, 1984)

Kevin is the Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC UK. Starting his career at PwC as a graduate trainee, Kevin has worked in audit, insolvency and business recovery in the UK and internationally. He became a partner in 1996 and joined the Executive Board in 2008 before being elected to his current position in 2016. Through his role Kevin has spearheaded developments in areas such as cyber security and data analytics, and championed social mobility, diversity and equality at PwC. 



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