Alumni Awards 2017: Category finalists announced

Alumni Awards 2017

The University of South Wales community - graduates and students alike - is filled with people making a difference at all levels of society, worldwide. Be that in business or industry, society or culture – or right here on our doorstep within the University. 

Our annual Alumni Awards recognise the excellence and achievement of individuals within our network. The actions of our alumni reflect the excellence of a USW education and our mission to provide not only innovative education and world class graduates, but also culturally aware global citizens making positive strides.

2017 Award categories are:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Distinguished Alumni - Awarded to a former student to acknowledge their achievements and success, be this through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.
  • Emerging Entrepreneur - This Award recognises - and provides up to £1000 investment for - a single individual or team of student or graduate entrepreneurs, who are on the road to achieving success through a business or social enterprise. Kindly supported by KIER Construction.
  • Accomplished Entrepreneur - This award recognises and celebrates alumni - either an individual or a collective - who are creating successful entrepreneurial value and whose activities are making a mark in their respective industry. 
  • Contribution to Welsh Life and Culture - Awarded to a current student or graduate in, or from Wales, who has contributed to Welsh life, language and culture.

We were delighted to receive more than 80 nominations over the seven award categories this year. The standard of nominations was high in all categories and shortlisting applications was not an easy task. The judging panel considered submissions in some detail and were impressed by both the high quality of activity being carried out within the alumni community and the resulting impact being felt within the network and beyond.

Award finalists will be welcomed to our Vice Chancellor hosted Alumni Awards and Supporter Reception being held next month at SWALEC stadium in Cardiff. Category winners will be announced on the night.

We are delighted to announce the 2017 shortlisted category finalists:

Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award

Kimberley Hallwood (MBA, 2010)

Hannah Pycroft (BA (Hons) Media Production, 2010)

Catherine Woolley (BA (Hons) Computer Games Design, 2009)

Inspiring the Next Generation Award

Stephen Barthorpe (MSc Construction Management, 2000)

Andrea Radisic (BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts, 2016)

Roger Thomas (MSc Public Management, 2010)

Nadia Youssef (BSc (Hons) Medial Science, 2016)

Excellence in Service Award

Jonathan Jones (BA (Hons) Religious Studies, 2015)

Martin Phillips (HND Civil Engineering, 1984)

Sophie Simmons (BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences, 2017)

USW in Nigeria (assorted)

Distinguished Alumni Award

Lee Kendall (BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance, 2012)

Prof Roderick MacLeod (PhD Palliative Care, 2001)

Marco Marenghi (HND Animation,  1997)

Gareth Powell (BA (Hons) Humanities, 1993)

Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Fran Kelly, Frankly Materials Ltd (MA Arts Practice, 2016)

Jordan Wentzel, Munchies Cardiff (BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment, 2017)

Helen Proudfoot, The Little Black Sheep Pottery (BA Arts Practice, 2018)

Accomplished Entrepreneur Award

Russell Jones & Adam Millbank, JonesMillbank (BA (Hons) Film and Video, 2008 & BA (Hons) Documentary Film, 2008)

Trefor Puw, Reseiclo Community Wood Recycling (MA Environmental Management, 2006)

Matthew Creed,Jammy Custard Animation (BA (Hons) Animation, 2007)

Toby Cameron, On Par Productions (BA (Hons) Documentary Film and Television, 2008)

Contribution to Welsh Life and Culture Award

Margaret Isaac (PGCE, 1976)

Dorian Pugh (BSc (Hons) Mathematics, 2003)

Gareth Thomas (BA (Anrh) Theatr a Drama, 2017)

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Inspired to nominate someone you know who is making a difference or who has achieved success as a graduate of the University? Check back for our 2018 Awards to be launched in spring 2018


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