Alexander McLean (Law 2007)
At age 19, while studying at The University of Nottingham, Alexander McLean raised money for books and spent his Easter and Summer holidays, working in a youth prison in Sierra Leone.
He then started a farming project and helped in the renovation of cells and the library at a maximum security prison in Uganda.
He has also helped to renovate a 90-bed infirmary at a Kenyan prison and created a 37,000-book library.
His African Prisons Project works to alleviate the suffering of men, women and children who are prisoners in Africa. The biggest areas of concern are neglect, malnutrition, poor healthcare and hygiene, as well as overcrowding.
His tireless works, often carried in out in dangerous circumstances, have won him a string of awards including:
- University of Nottingham Recent Alumnus of the Year in 2007
- UK Charity Volunteer of the Year in 2006
- Beacon Prize Overall Winner 2007 (previous winners include Sir Bob Geldof)
- Real World National Graduate of the Year 2007
Other accolades include being treasurer and vice-president of the university branch of UNICEF, working as an auxiliary nurse at the Queen’s Medical Centre and officially holding the title of the youngest magistrate in Nottingham. In 2013 Alexander made it in to Time magazine’s list of ‘30 People Under 30 Changing the World’.
Amanda Rose, the British High Commissioner in Nairobi said: “The achievement of Alexander and his colleagues is outstanding and they have had to overcome numerous hurdles to achieve an incredible feat. Their self-sacrifice to better the lives of those less fortunate is highly commendable.”