Alumni Association Student Awards: 2017 winners

Cassandra Lek

Cassandra has been faced with significant obstacles, in her family, her health, her studies and her financial circumstances, which many would have found unsurpassable. Through enormous personal drive and determination, not only has she overcome these problems to achieve success, but has also made significant contributions to the life of others in her community and in the University, notably in encouraging universal access to studying medicine and promoting post graduate study.

Joshua Greenidge

After leaving school at 13, with very low literacy, Joshua taught himself to read and write, so successfully that he went on to achieve a high Honours degree in Arts and Humanities moving on to a Masters in Anthropology with Innovation. Joshua is a powerhouse who has won awards and honours for community minded and entrepreneurial achievement, raising the profile of Bristol Entrepreneurs Society and is committed to supporting other students.

James Throup

James has had a demonstrable impact by creating the Bristol Mechanical Engineering Society, captaining the Men’s’ First Basketball Team, and running shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, volunteering with Bristol Hubs, coaching basketball in local schools, and volunteering with Pitstop. He also raised substantial funds with Bristol Volunteers. All this despite significant personal difficulties, due to ill health, resulting in 5 months in intensive care and the postponement of the second and fourth years of his degree course.

Henry Clay

Henry has demonstrated phenomenal determination, humility, intelligence and charm in the face of failing health resulting from autoimmune disease targeting his liver. Henry refused to be treated differently to other students while in university. He studied for his final year from his hospital bed, while waiting to hear of a liver transplant. Henry finished his exams this autumn and has achieved exceptionally high results. He had his liver transplant in February in the middle of his studies. He is now completely healthy and studying medicine.

Robert Camm

In 2013, just before starting university, Robert was in a serious car crash which resulted in his being paralysed from the neck down. As a tetraplegic Robert relies on a motorised car, uses voice recognition software to write essays and a system called Smartnav to control a computer mouse using head movements. Robert joined the Law Club and has been on several work experience placements. He achieved a first class honours this summer.

John Gilbert

In order to better understand the mental health issues particular to medical, dental and veterinary science students, John led the development of a Faculty-wide survey which has had a phenomenal response from the students. As a result, the university has committed to funding a research studentship to analyse the data, and assess the impact of interventions. John’s work will help shape the overall educational environment and mental health support for students, within the faculty and more widely, with positive impacts on the student experience.

Hannah Haddad

Hannah’s energy, drive and dynamism have had broad and diverse impacts. She created Match4Lara, in response to the diagnosis of a Bristol Alumna, with leukaemia; started In the Know, to support digital services for small businesses in Bristol; set up a partnership between Bristol Geography department and Hong Kong University; transformed the life of many migrant workers in Hong Kong, ran a TEDx event in Bristol, as well as participating in Dramsoc, Spotlights, Nightline and telephone fundraising. At the same time, she consistently achieves academic excellence.