Alumni Awards & Supporter Reception 2017: Celebrating graduate excellence

Alumni Awards 2017 - 1

Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Lydon OBE, once again welcomed over 100 guests to the University's annual Alumni Awards and Supporter Reception - an evening of celebration and thanks.

Now in their second year, graduates and friends from across business, industry, sport, academia and the creative industries gathered to celebrate the category winners of the USW Alumni Awards - and were joined by University benefactors and beneficiaries, as well as graduates and students who have volunteered their time to support the University. 

The impact of financial donations, time volunteered and the kindness shown from the wider USW community makes a real difference to the lives of our students. Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor

This year's Awards attracted almost 90 nominations across the seven categories available, with quality submissions highlighting alumni excellence and activity, not only in the UK, but as far afield as the USA, Nigeria and New Zealand. Nominations represented graduate talent from USW as well as predecessor institutions, the University of Wales, Newport and University of Glamorgan. While the majority of category finalists were able to attend the event - held at SWALEC stadium in Cardiff - some from further afield sent their thanks and appreciation via video!

 Video above: Marco Marenghi showreel - 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipeint

Thanks go to Kier Construction who kindly sponsored the inaugural year of our Emerging Entrepreneur Award.

Thanks also go to Ellen Hembrow, BA(Hons) Fashion Design graduate, who exhibited some of her work from her fashion company – Llên Hembrow and contributions from our Photography graduates who showcased some of their work for our guests to enjoy. We were also delighted to welcome back 2014 BSc Live Event Technology graduate, Charlotte Darlington who supported lighting and production of our event with Live Event and Lighting senior lecturer, Philip Hughes.

Congratulations to our 2017 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:  Nadia Youssef (BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences, 2016) - Medical student, Cardiff University

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:  Martin Phillips (HND Civil Engineering, 1984) - Operations Manager, Keepmoat Group

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:  Catherine Woolley (BA (Hons) Computer Games Design, 2009) -  Senior Designer, Media Molecule

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:  Marco Marenghi (HND Animation, 1997) -Award winning film animator

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..

Category winner:  Margaret Isaac (PGCE, 1976) - Author and retired teacher

Emerging Entrepreneur - To recognise an individual or team of student, or graduate, entrepreneurs who are on the road to  achieving success through a business or social enterprise. To have been operating for less than four years..

Category winner:  Fran Kelly (MA Arts Practice (Art, Health and Wellbeing), 2016)- Frankly Materials Ltd

Accomplished Entrepreneur - To recognise 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.

Category winner:  Russell Jones and Adam Millbank (BA (Hons) Film and Video, 2008 and BA Hons) Documentary Film, 2008 - respectively) - JonesMillbank

Read more about our category winners >>

Read more about the USW Alumni Awards 2018 >>

It's often not the size of gift or amount of time given that's important - it's more the commitment to creating positive change in the lives of others that makes for real change. Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor

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