Alumni Awards and Supporter Reception 2016 - A night of recognition and celebration

USW Alumni Awards 2016

Friday 7 October saw the Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Lydon OBE, welcome more than 100 guests to the University's inaugural Alumni Awards and Supporter Reception - an evening of celebration and thanks.

Held at the SSE SWALEC Stadium, the University welcomed benefactors and beneficiaries, as well as graduates and students who have volunteered their time to support the University. The evening also celebrated category finalists as part of the newly launched Alumni Awards - an initiative to celebrate the transformative and inspiring achievements of our global community.

Nominations were encouraged and received from graduates from across the University's worldwide community, with the Awards recognising alumni excellence and activity, not only in the UK, but as far afield as Malaysia and the USA. Our finalists and category winners also reflected the University's heritage, with nominees drawn from the University of South Wales and predecessor institutions, inclusive of the University of Wales, Newport and the University of Glamorgan.

Our students’ experience on campus would be much poorer if it wasn’t for the ongoing support of our graduates and supporters from industry. Whether providing a placement, offering industry insight or stepping up as a mentor – we thank you. Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor

Alumna and scholarship beneficiary, Natalie Lubbock, gave insight into how the support she received impacted on her student journey, and the evening was complemented by performances from young talent from the Shelley Norton Stage School. We were also delighted to welcome back 2016 BSc Live Event Technology graduate, Joe Bailey who supported event lighting and production with Live Event and Lighting senior lecturer, Philip Hughes.

Congratulations to the following category winners:

Inspiring the Next Generation - Recognising a graduate who has volunteered their support to the University of South Wales, providing inspiration to current and prospective students.

Category winner:  Hamed Amiri (BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 2011) - Development Team Leader, Target Group

Excellence in Service - Recognising a current student or graduate who has shown outstanding commitment to enhancing the connectivity of the alumni and/or student community, and supporting its activities.

Category winner:  Emma Richards (BA (Hons) Creative Industries in Photography, 2016) - Freelance, ERichards Photos

GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) - To celebrate a young alumnus/a who has graduated within the last 10 years and who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and leadership potential in their chosen profession. 

Category winner:  Richard Pring (BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development and MA Animation, 2010) - Technical Director, Wales Interactive Ltd

Distinguished Alumni - Awarded to a former student to acknowledge their achievements and success, be this through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

Category winner:  Martin Smith (BA (Hons) Public Administration, 1991) - Chief Executive, Alcumus Group

Read more about our 2016 Alumni Award category winners >>

View coverage from the night on Twitter and Facebook #USWAlumniAwards

We are delighted to announce that this event was shortlisted in the 2017 HEIST Awards category 'Best Alumni, Development or Fundraising initiative'. More from HEIST >>

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