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2018 prize winners


At our annual celebration event we recognise students who have achieved the Nottingham Advantage Award. We also award a series of prizes, sponsored by employers, to students who have gone above and beyond during their Award modules.

The Award recognises your efforts in developing and reflecting upon your employability skills, helping to prepare you for your future career.

In line with current government and university guidelines our 2020 celebration event has been postponed indefinitely. If you are an NAA participant and have questions please email the team

2018 Advantage Award prize winners

Outstanding Contribution to the Community Prize

This prize recognises an individual student's passion for their contribution to the local community. 

Supported by Teach First

H Aldridge (2)

Ever since starting university, I have loved working with young people and helping them to grow both academically and personally. My Nottingham Advantage Award modules have enabled me to discover that I really want to work in widening participation. I applied for this prize in order to showcase the skills that I have gained from my experiences, to prove to others how important ending educational inequality is to me, and how I will continue to work towards this in my future.


Hannah Louise Aldridge, BA Hons Sociology


I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the local community while being at Nottingham. I am particularly passionate about STEMM subjects so my selected Nottingham Advantage Award modules have allowed me to pursue this interest by helping to develop the next generation of STEMM students. The volunteering I have been involved with has been extremely self rewarding, while also helping me to develop on both a personal and professional level.

Highly commended:

Callum Evans MEng Hons Electronic and Computer Engineering with a year in industry

C Evans (2)



Leadership Prize

This prize recognises an individual student who has demonstrated leadership skills.

Supported by Mars 

H Dumsday (1)

To me, leadership is all about keeping your team motivated as this keeps them working effectively and creates a positive working environment. I have learned about the different forms of leadership throughout my Nottingham Advantage Award modules, from leading people my own age in sporting activities to volunteering at local primary schools, and leading sporting sessions with younger children. These modules helped me develop organisational and communication skills which are both key to being a successful leader.


Holly Dumsday BSc Hons Geography


I think when most people think of leadership, it is just about leading other people. However, I think leadership is definitely more than that. Over the past three years at Nottingham and through all of the activities that I have engaged in, the essence of leading is not about showing any superiority towards others, but rather, guiding people to willingly contribute solutions to a problem. My experiences have given me an idea for my future career path and lifetime dream by allowing me to lead myself with discipline and effectively make use of my time and resources.

Highly commended:

Nick Chung Kah Kin MEng Hons Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems

N Chung (3)

Personal Development Prize

This prize recognises an individual student for their commitment to personal development.

Supported by Experian

S Timmins (2)

Through my Nottingham Advantage Award modules I have developed a confidence, which has radiated in all areas of my life; from my academic studies, participation in societies, volunteering, travelling alone and even applying for this prize. I feel that my determination to do my best in all of my Award modules has resulted in great rewards. I really believe that I have become very independent, and developed a strong drive to succeed.


Sophie Timmins BA Hons Philosophy


My Nottingham Advantage Award modules have allowed me to take ownership of my personal development by auditing my skill set at the start of the module. I created targets for personal growth, reflecting throughout the module on my progress and identifying challenges.

Highly commended:

Sagar Vasandani MSci Hons Biology

S Vasandani (2)

Enterprise in the Community Prize

This prize recognises an individual student for their enterprising activity.

Supported by EY

J Fath (2)

In the Public Engagement module, I got in touch with a wide range of people from the local community. This module taught me about factors to consider when simplifying complicated content. Having to present given content to a range of different audiences, I had to adapt my approach and presentations specific to the knowledge and age of those audiences.


Jessica Sophia Fath BSc Hons Psychology


Engaging with the Literary Support Project allowed for contributions to be made towards the enhancement of the local community. Having come from a similar environment, supporting children’s education from disadvantaged backgrounds resonated with myself on a personal level. Due to the British Sign Language module I gained specialist linguistic skills to share with other students through the Sign Language Society. The skills gained through the Award are not only for the future, but they are already having a profound impact upon the University.

Highly commended:

Jodie McDonald BA Hons English Language and Literature


Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of the Year Prize

This prize recognises the outstanding achievement of a female student for their entrepreneurial approaches to activities undertaken throughout the Award.

Supported by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

A Thillainathan (2)

The Professional Development module, provided me with a strong grounding to help prepare for job assessments, become more self-aware and make the most of university by broadening my skill set beyond my academic degree. I realised that I had without doubt honed my interpersonal skills in a formal setting and now feel confident talking to a wide range of people. Not only did this come from the workplace, but also throughout my time abroad as I had encounters with and made friends with people from all over the world with varying perspectives and cultural backgrounds.


Ashna Thillainathan BA Hons Management with Spanish


Being a female entrepreneur that set up her own business in China cannot seem more appealing for me. The Award modules I chose were connected with creating a positive impact for the world and breaking down barriers. I am utterly convinced that both modules broadened my horizons and widened my knowledge, providing me with the opportunity to make steps towards my future. The most important thing is a willingness to take action and to find opportunities such as those my chosen modules gave me.

Highly commended:

Oliwia Kielbowska BA Hons Management with Chinese Studies

O Kielbowska (3)

Outstanding Community Engagement Prize

This prize recognises a student's commitment to raising funds for good causes within the local community. 

Supported by Save the Children 

Herder Portrait

I took part in the Save the Children module because I was aware of the charity already and wanted to learn more about it. The Save the Children module has taught me about a huge sector of developmental education that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. I feel as though it was the single factor that really let me discover what I wanted to do in life. My experience through the Nottingham Advantage Award has convinced me to follow a career in developmental education for which I’m currently researching masters programmes.


Alisa De Herder BA Hons International Relations


I learned a great deal from all the modules studied; leadership, communication, team-work, diplomacy, and more. The experiences and skills I gained led to me securing two jobs as well as a placement in which I work alongside disadvantaged children and adults, making me realise that my ambition in life is to motivate and inspire others to better their future.

Highly commended:

Shanai Momi BA Hons English

S Momi (1)
J Lewin (3)

Through completing the award, I have learned the importance of reflection. Without the Nottingham Advantage Award, I would’ve fulfilled my role as peer mentor and committee member of Immigration Education Nottingham, without taking the time to evaluate my contributions and discover more about myself as a worker. Moving forward, the Award has enabled me to improve my employability by allowing me to reflect on, and then strengthen, my positive attributes. I’ve learned to become more ambitious and to work harder in order to reach my goals.

Highly commended:

Jarnai Lewin BA Hons Economics


Professional Development Prize

This prize recognises students' passion, innovation and dedication to their professional development.

Supported by Boots 

L MacDonald (2)

I was initially attracted to this prize when I researched Boots as a company, and the attributes they look for in employees. I feel the modules I have completed for my Award demonstrate these values. For example, picking a module that paired with my part-time job showed care and compassion in my role and what I was doing, aiming to improve my skills and perform as successfully as I could.


Louisa MacDonald LLB Hons Law


The modules I undertook allowed me to increase my cultural awareness, improve teamwork skills and build self confidence. Each of these factors is vital for professional development, which I find highly valuable. Moreover, as I am a first-year student, the Award enabled me to quickly settle into university life and meet many inspiring people.

Highly commended:

Pawel Przemyslaw Rogowski BSc Hons Finance, Accounting and Management

P Rogowski (2)

Vice-Chancellor's Global Graduate Prize

This prize recognises an individual student for their global graduate attributes.

Supported by the Vice-Chancellor

F Chin Pei Lin (2)

I am beyond grateful for the significant opportunities offered by the University which have allowed me to discover my potential on various international platforms. This journey has challenged me in growing holistically, while constantly contributing to the local and global community. The Vice-Chancellor’s Global Graduate Prize serves as a strong motivation for students who aspire to equip themselves with positive attributes to be global leaders of tomorrow.


Falonnie Chin Pei Lin BSc Finance, Accounting and Management


The modules focus on transferable skills, which are not found in books or other means, rather they are available through personal practices which these modules offer. The I-Week module for instance, allows for leadership, communication, teamwork, problem solving, time management and more skills, to grow. Nottingham Advantage Award modules are the core of personal development in my opinion, and I hope that more students are exposed to them in the future.

Highly commended:

Adam Al-Azzawi BSc Environmental Sciences

Adam Al-Azzawi (1)

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