Alumni achievement awards
About the awards
Alumni Lifetime Achievement award
This award recognises the alumni who have distinguished themselves for their excellent and sustained contributions and achievements in their chosen field over their professional lifetime.
Winner: NAHIM AHMED MBE- BA Youth and Community work, 2012
Nahim Ahmed MBE, has been working the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for over a decade helping to bring about positive sustainable change. In June 2021, Nahim was recognised in the Queen’' Birthday Honours list and awarded MBE.
Rising Star of the Year
This award recognises alumni, under 30 years of age, who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduating from UEL, and are likely to inspire the next generation of alumni.
Winner: Cameron William Brogan-Higgins, BA Creative Musicianship, 2020
Cameron William Brogan-Higgins, who, at 24, is growing his music career through videos, promotions, radio air play and Spotify where he has reached 50K listeners. He has shot a music video in the deserts of UAE and worked with sound engineers from across the globe.
Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognises alumni who have made a transformative contribution to the local, national or international community through an enterprising business venture.
Winner: Abdal Ahmed, BSc Sports Science, 2004
Abdal Ahmed, director of The Ottoman Doner Ltd, a fast food operation that now has six stores across London selling popular kebabs and supporting food distribution across London to families in need and the homeless.
Alumni Engagement award
This award recognises alumni who have engaged with/ volunteered for the University and made a significant contribution to the University through activities including but not limited to: Talks, Mentoring, International Ambassadors, UEL Connect Ambassadors.
Winner: Jacqui Bashford, BSc Business Management, 2011
Jacqui Bashford, chair of the Alumni Advisory Board, who has been supporting students through mentoring programmes and inspirational talks about her own successful career in the telecommunications industry.
This award recognises alumni who champion diversity and inclusion by leading and initiating breaking barriers within their working lives.
Winner: Micha Nestor, BA History, 2012
Micha Nestor, who founded Past Futures, which is focused on raising the inclusion of diverse people within the heritage and arts sector.
Mental Wealth Advocacy award
This award recognises alumni who have embedded the importance of Mental Wealth into their working lives.
Winner: Ruth Cooper-Dickson, MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, 2020
Ruth Cooper-Dickson, who founded Champs for Change which supports survivors of domestic abuse and marginalised people who have experienced trauma and adversity.
East London Glocal Engagement award
This award recognises alumni who have made a valuable contribution to the local community. Recognising those who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive change which improves the life of others within east London.
Winner: Viola E Okoro, MBA Leadership, 2013
Viola E Okoro, founder and executive director of Leaders Foundation for African Girl, Child and Women.
Industry 4.0 award
This award recognises alumni who are leading the way regards to Industry 4.0.
Winner: Constantin Singureanu, MSc Data Science, 2018
Constantin, Singureanu, who founded Puffer, a garlanded digital marketing agency working in the field of financial services, law, wealth management and accountancy.
Alumni Sporting Success award
This award recognised alumni who have distinguished themselves through the field of sport, either as part of a team, individually or in a supporting role.
Joint Winners: Hani Assi, MSc Strength & Conditioning, 2012 and Julian Dominique, MSc Strength & Conditioning, 2012
Hani Assi, a high performance strength and conditioning coach and consultant; and Julian Dominique, owner and director FAR Fitness, a health and wellbeing company specialising in functional fitness training and exercise rehabilitation.
This award recognises alumni who have made a significant contribution in the area of sustainability for example, by creating an energy efficient business, playing the part in reducing carbon footprints at a national level, or leading in the field of renewable energy.
Joint winners: Cassie Quinn, BA Fashion Textiles, 2019 and Temitayo Sodunke, MSc Public Health, 2019
Cassie Quinn, founder of CQ Studio which combines science, craft and fashion and pursues research into regenerative fabrics; and Temitayo Sodunke, who champions sustainable goals in education, inequality and health in Nigeria.
This award recognises alumni who have are supporting the university in their goal of becoming London leading careers-led university.
Winner: Matthew O’Mullane, PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2020
Matthew O’Mullane, who created his own psychotherapy practice, A New Hope Therapy, based on the robust training and development he gained at the University of East London.