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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 annual Alumni Laureate Awards ensure the achievements of our alumni are recognised. 

Nominations for our 2017 Alumni Laureate Awards have now closed. This year's winners will be celebrated at our Winter Graduation ceremony. 

Alumni Laureate Awards


What are the Alumni Laureate Awards?  

Introduced in 2007, our Alumni Laureate Awards celebrate former Nottingham students who have gone on to achieve excellence in their chosen field.

They 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 2007 will be eligible for nomination for this award.

Special Excellence Award(s) - Examples include in recognition of:
  • sporting achievement
  • international work
  • contribution to the arts
  • contribution to 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). 

Some of our recent winners

We are delighted to announce our 2016 winners in Connect online - your digital alumni magazine.
The official presentations took place last December at our Winter Graduation ceremonies. 

Our 2016 winners include: 

Katie Williams (Law, 2014)
Humanitarian Volunteer

Recent Graduate Award 2016

Yearning for adventure after graduation, Katie flew out to Jordan to volunteer teaching English in refugee camps. Immersing herself in Syrian culture and bonding with refugees, she has gained a unique insight into the ongoing crisis in some of the most deprived areas of the Middle East. Katie is now continuing her life-changing work as a consultant in Eversheds' Iraq team, based in Jordan.

Katie Williams



James Key (Mechanical Engineering, 1996)
Formula One Technical Director 

Special Excellence Award 2016

James has spent his working life developing the best creative ideas and bringing them to fruition before rival Formula One teams. After starting work with Lotus Engineering and Jordan Grand Prix following his graduation, James became one of the youngest ever technical directors of a Formula One team when he joined Midland F1 Racing in 2005. He is now technical director with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

James Key



John Miller (Politics, 1962)
Author, theatrical producer and artistic director

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

John began his career in BBC Television and Radio but went on to work with some of the most celebrated names in British theatre history. He has collaborated with, and written books on, many famous actors including Dame Judi Dench, Sir John Gielgud and Sir John Mills and has produced theatrical galas all over the country in celebration of actors and actresses.

John Miller



Nick Munro (Mechanical Engineering, 1984)
Entrepreneur and British designer

Special Excellence Award, 2016

Turning bed springs into egg cups was a novel way for Nick to use his degree. But it won him the prize of UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year and launched a stellar career in design. Nick’s signature collection has grown to include a wide range of materials, all featuring his distinctive combination of craftsmanship, integrity and wit.

Nick Munro



Eddie Brocklesby (Economics/Mathematics, 1963)
Exercise advocate and Britain's oldest triathlete

Special Excellence Award, 2016

This self-confessed ‘non-sporty’ person has run the London Marathon ten times, become World Duathlon Age Group Champion multiple times and is the oldest woman from the UK to complete any Ironman at 70 years old, in 2013. She’s overcome personal loss and serious injury to complete some of the world’s toughest challenges, truly earning her nickname ‘Irongran’. 

Eddie Brocklesby




Shahen Avinesh Amaratunga (Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering, 2010)

UNMC Alumnus of the Year 2016

Shahen Avinesh Amaratunga has already made a significant impact on the environmental sustainability of the textile industry in Malaysia, with his design for an environmental sustainability standard for apparel in Sri Lanka with the company he works for, MAS Holdings. 

UNMC Alumnus of the Year 2016 final



Lv Xueyan (International Business and Management, 2009) 
Environmental Entrepreneur

UNNC Alumnus of the Year 2016

Xueyan Lyu abandoned plans for a career in the service industry to focus all his energies on environmental protection. He is using his education and his entrepreneurial skills and expertise to transform communities by reducing the negative effects caused by various pollutants. His company is one of the first environmental-protection operations in Ningbo specializing in collecting, treating, recycling the waste acid and waste cutting oil.

ALA china final



Dame Mary Marsh (Geography, 1968)
Former Chief Executive of NSPCC

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Dame Mary has dedicated her life and career to public leadership, not only making a difference to the lives of children as a teacher and charity worker, but also in developing the people who work for and with her. Chief Executive of the NSPCC from 2000-2008, she is constantly in demand to fulfil different roles and in 2012, was given the Luke Fitzherbert Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Third Sector Excellence Awards.

Mary Marsh



Marc Wileman (Physics, 2007)
Inspirational science communicator

Recent Graduate Award 2016

Science fanatic Marc is well on the way to achieving his ambition of inspiring more than one million children to discover how fun science can be. ‘Mad Marc’ launched his business Sublime Science to teach science in a fun and creative way. The company is now a multi award winner, including Dragon’s Den support, and runs more than 80 events across the UK every week.


Mark Wileman



Cynthia Barlow (Social Administration, 1965)
Road safety campaigner

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

After her only daughter was killed by a construction lorry in 2000, Cynthia reacted by buying shares in the company which owned the lorry so that she could tell her story at their next AGM. The result was collaboration between them to make major safety improvements. She has since campaigned to reduce road danger and has made a major contribution to the safety of cyclists on UK roads. 




Cynthia Barlow




Gary Chen (International Studies, 2010)
British Consulate General Office, Shanghai

UNNC Alumni of the Year 

As Senior Regional Cities Officer for Zhejiang Province at the British Consulate-General in Shanghai, Gary is the main channel of official communication between the UK government and the Zhejiang Provincial and municipal authorities. He has made a wide range of contacts within the Chinese local government and leading businesses for the benefit of the wider UK Government’s interests in Zhejiang, which often involve working closely with the Consul General/Deputy Consul General to unravel opportunities for relevant UK industries.


Gary Chen


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