Alumni Association Awards: 2012 winners

Read more about the winners of the 2012 Alumni Association Awards.

Nicholas Cork (MB ChB 2009-)

Proposer: Dr Nicki Cohen, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Neuropathology and Deputy Programme Director, School of Clinical Sciences

Nicholas gained a degree in Drama from Bristol in 2008 and is now studying for an MB ChB.  Bristol is known for the strength of its performing arts scene, and the breadth of Nick’s engagement here is staggering. He has directed a wide range of productions, taking several to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He is currently rehearsing for a charity balletic production of SYMBA in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Meningitis UK, where he will be playing African percussion.

Nicholas has relentlessly championed the well-being of other students and has sat on numerous committees within the medical school during studies.  He has also made significant contributions to others during his time in Hall, serving on the JCR at Goldney, raising money to assist with alleviating poverty and contributing to wildlife conservation in Africa.

He is the University of Bristol representative on the Student Members Group at the Royal Society of Medicine and ran a Global Health conference event for students across the UK with the World Health Organisation. Nicholas was the science editor for Epigram and is also a STEM ambassador mentoring schoolchildren in the Bristol area who wish to pursue a career in the sciences.

His proposer says: 'Nick has enriched the extracurricular experience of countless students and his sustained efforts in supporting his peers and representing Bristol at a national and international level are a real asset to the University.'

Suzi Gage (PhD 2010-)

Proposer: Professor Marcus Munafo, Professor of Biological Psychology, School of Experimental Psychology

Suzanne’s public engagement activities are of the highest standard, extraordinary in their extent and reach. She makes extensive use of new media to contribute to debates on a wide number of issues. She maintains a highly-regarded science blog and was a seminar speaker at the Department of Education’s series on understanding behaviour change.

Suzanne has worked hard to engage young people with the exciting possibilities of studying STEM subjects.  She took part in 'I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here', a Wellcome Trust scheme where scientists are quizzed by school children.  She won the 'Brain Zone' and used her prize money to make a series of podcasts aimed at teenagers to explain the evidence on the effects of recreational drugs.

She uses her creative efforts, and her scientific and personal integrity, to attract young people into science.

Her proposers say: 'Science needs more people like Suzi. We cannot think of anyone who better deserves recognition for her creative efforts, her scientific and personal integrity and her continuing efforts to attract young people into science.'

Emilie Baekgaard (MB ChB 2006-)

Proposer: Jenny Dodds, current Medicine student

Emilie worked in a volunteering capacity as a Widening Participation Ambassador, travelling to schools, giving tours of the University and running workshops for school students in public speaking and interview skills. She has assisted Erasmus students with housing, welcome work, visa applications and other matters. She was chosen to be Open Day Team Leader in 2012.

In addition, Emilie is a key member of DanceSoc having performed in their annual shows for six years. She manages the society and launched a competition squad taking 20 dancers to the inter-University competition where they finished 2nd. 

Emilie is passionate about global health and has been involved with the charity Kenyan Acorn Project since 2008 recruiting volunteers for child health projects. She is currently Vice President. She personally raised £2,000 for the charity working with DramScoc and has appeared in a number of fundraising events for other medical charities.

She has worked as a volunteer at the Bristol Children’s Play Centre and taught street dance to an after-school club for disadvantaged children. Emilie works tirelessly for the Bristol Medics annual dance show Clicendales. The show in 2011-12 was shortlisted for the BMJ Student Union Society Awards for Best Charity Event, raising £14,500.

Her proposer says: 'Emilie is an incredibly well-respected, dedicated and inspirational member of the student body.'

Katie Bishton (BDS 2008-) and Ruth Lambeth (BDS 2008-)

Proposer: Professor Jonathan Sandy, Professor of Orthodontics and Associate Dean, School of Oral & Dental Sciences

Katie and Ruth have set up a dental non-governmental organisation called Mwenda Uganda to provide mobile medical and dental clinics for communities in rural areas of Uganda who do not have adequate access to healthcare. Mwenda means 'smile' in the local language of Uganda. They have raised funds totalling £5,500 and have assisted with projects in Uganda to help orphans, unemployed youth and the elderly and have also encouraged others to fundraise and volunteer for the project. The organisation achieved non-governmental organisation status in Uganda in 2011.

Katie and Ruth recently completed their elective project and attended the launch of the NGO and third clinic whereby dental extractions, antibiotics, painkillers, HIV testing and blood pressure testing services were all provided for free.  The equipment for the clinic was purchased from Dentaid and transported by the UK team. 

Their proposer says: 'The long-term aim of their work is to set up a permanent clinic in Uganda and this is what Katie and Ruth will be focusing their efforts on whilst completing their final year and on into their careers.'