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Our Alumni Laureate Awards

Do you know any alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen field or made outstanding contributions to society?

Our Alumni Laureate Awards  recognise the outstanding achievements of our alumni. Nominations for our 2019 awards are now closed. Our winners will receive their awards at this year's Winter Graduation ceremonies. 

Awards lined up on a table


What are the Alumni Laureate Awards?  

Introduced in 2007, our annual Alumni Laureate Awards are given to alumni in the UK and around the world who have made an outstanding contribution to their community, stimulated new ideas and services, or shown exceptional dedication, creativity and leadership. These awards are a celebration of our alumni community and demonstrate the amazing things that can be achieved with a University of Nottingham education.

Award categories

Recent Graduate Award -
alumni who have graduated since 2009 will be eligible for nomination for this award.

Special Excellence Award - Examples include in recognition of sporting achievement, international work, contribution to the arts and the local community

The Lifetime Achievement Award - to recognise alumni who have demonstrated special excellence over an extended period of time.

UNNC Alumni of the Year - to recognise alumni of University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)

UNMC Alumni of the Year - to acknowledge alumni of University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

You can view the full eligibility criteria here (PDF). 

Our 2018 Alumni Laureate Award winners include:

We were delighted to announce our 2018 Alumni Laureate winners and Honorary Graduates in our alumni magazine, Connect

Our 2018 winners include: 

Nicola Byrom Psychology, 2009 
Rosie Tressler English and History, 2011 (pictured)

Recent Graduate Award 2018

Together Nicola and Rosie have built Student Minds, the UK’s leading student mental health charity. Empowering students and members of university communities to look after their own mental health, support others and create change, Student Minds works with universities across the UK. A lecturer in psychology at Kings College London, Nicola founded the charity in 2009 before supporting Rosie to take on the role of CEO in 2015. Rosie has taken the charity from strength to strength and today the charity is a national force, driving change within the sector.

Rosie Tressler - English and History - 2011


Dr Faith Diorgu Midwifery, 2012

Recent Graduate Award 2018

The most qualified midwife in Nigeria, Faith is passionate about driving change in midwifery practice in her country. Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Port Harcourt, Faith is committed to raising the profile of midwifery care, research, and maternal health and wellbeing during childbirth, and has seen her achievements recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Through collaborative research with her counterparts in the UK, Canada and Australia, Faith promotes women's autonomy and wellbeing through the birthing process. In addition to her academic credentials, she has invented a birthing chair to facilitate birth in the upright position for African women, helping pregnant women throughout her country and beyond. 

Dr Faith Diorgu - Midwifery 2012


Dr Eric Gyan Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology, 2011

Recent Graduate Award 2018

Returning to Ghana after his studies at Nottingham, Eric discovered that cancer mortality in his country was on the rise. Patients were seeking medical treatment for cancer at too late a stage, or not at all. Seeing that the high mortality rate could be prevented with wider cancer screening, Eric founded Med Cancer Care Foundation, an NGO which educates and screens individuals on breast and cervical cancer. To date, over 3,800 women have been screened for free, and almost 20,000 people educated through a series of public lectures and programmes. As President of the Ghana Medical Student Association, Eric has also developed a nationwide cervical cancer project, educating almost 40,000 people about early cancer detection.  

Dr Eric Gyan - Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology - 2011


Michael Olatokun Law, 2015

Recent Graduate Award 2018

Michael is passionate about working with communities to inspire change through engagement with politics and the law. In 2015, Michael successfully led a Nottingham-wide campaign to register students for local and general elections, which resulted in the publication of a Nottingham Student Manifesto and pledges by local councillors to improve student transport, accommodation and welfare. Following this he became Campaigns Manager for Bite the Ballot, leading the #TurnUp campaign to drive youth registrations for elections and conducting research into the barriers preventing disadvantaged young people from engaging with politics, which he shared with the Cabinet Office. Currently Michael leads a national project teaching young people about human rights and advises the Solicitor General on public legal education matters.

Michael Olatokun - Law - 2015


Didi Adedoyin Gomes Akinyelure Chemical Engineering, 2005

Special Excellence Award 2018

An award-winning journalist based in Lagos and London, Didi has presented, produced and edited television, radio and digital content across various media platforms. She currently presents the CNBC Europe series IOT: Powering the Digital Economy and the BBC Radio 4 series Living on the Edge. Didi has also built an impressive career as a speaker, presenting the BBC Africa Debate on Fake News in Malawi and the BBC Women in Digital Journalism panel in Lagos, and this year moderated a United Nations conversation with Sir Roger Penrose and Nobel Laureate Jacques Dubochet. In 2016, she received the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award and was nominated as African Broadcaster of the Year at the Nigerian Broadcasting Merit Awards.

Didi Adedoyin Gomes Akinyelure - Chemical Engineering - 2005


Dr Catherine MacDonald PhD Genetics, 2001

Special Excellence Award 2018

An award-winning garden designer, Catherine has been designing and managing projects at leading landscape design and build company Landform since 2010. While at Landform she has designed eight RHS show gardens, and at Hampton Court Flower Show she has won three Gold medals, two Best in Categories and a People’s Choice award. Most recently, in 2017 and 2018, Catherine has been awarded Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for her conceptual gardens designed for non-alcoholic drinks company Seedlip; both gardens featured a strong connection to her scientific background, her 2018 design celebrating the humble garden pea and linking to ‘father of genetics’ Gregor Mendel.

Dr Catherine MacDonald - PhD Genetics - 2001


Andrew Wilson Computer Science, 2003

Special Excellence Award 2018

Andy is a senior founding member of Hangar 13, a California-based video game studio focused on creating titles with a strong narrative component. Their first game, Mafia III, launched in 2016 and was nominated for several awards at the BAFTAs, Videogame Awards and the New York Game Critic Awards, winning the Herman Melville Award for Best Writing at the latter. As Vice President of Development, Andy manages efforts across all four of Hangar 13's studios and recently oversaw the opening of their newest location in Brighton. Prior to this Andy helped to build studios for Ubisoft in Toronto, as well as Disney and Codemasters in the UK.

Andrew Wilson - Computer Science - 2003


Cecilia Xu International Commercial Law, 1998

Special Excellence Award 2018

Cecilia is the first female Chinese national to be issued with a practising certificate by the Bar of England and Wales, and currently the only Mainland Chinese practising in the independent English Bar. She practices in commercial law, company law, commercial fraud, international law and arbitration. Many of her cases have international scope and relate to foreign jurisdictions. She regularly speaks in conferences in UK and overseas, and publishes work on English legal topics. Since 2016, Cecilia has been Secretary-General of International Federation of Women Lawyers UK, advancing opportunities for women in law and championing protection and preservation of the rights of women and children.

Cecilia Xu - International Commercial Law - 1998


Clive Tyldesley Industrial Economics, 1975

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

One of the most famous voices in football, Clive began his broadcast career immediately after graduating from the University. Joining Radio Trent in 1975, he became the regular Nottingham Forest reporter, before moving to Radio City in Liverpool in 1977, where he remained for the next 12 years covering the successes of Everton and Liverpool through the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1998, Clive became ITV’s lead football commentator and has served in the role ever since. He has commentated on every Champions League final, including dramatic victories for Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, and has been lead commentator at each European Championship since 2000 and World Cup since 2002. Outside of the commentary box, he is a patron of the Bobby Moore Bowel Cancer Fund and actively supports the Kick It Out organisation, which campaigns against racism in football. 

Clive Tyldesley - Industrial Economics - 1975



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