Alumni Association Student Awards 2018

Every year, the Convocation and Alumni Association Committee gives awards to students who have made an outstanding contribution, either to the University or the community. The award may also go to students who have overcome personal difficulties during their studies. 

They will receive their awards at our Annual Alumni Association Student Awards and Reception on Thursday 6 December. Winners will each receive an award of £500. 

Awards may be given for any field, other than paid work, academic achievement or sport, which is already recognised by the award of Bristol Reds.

Nominate a student

All current undergraduate and postgraduate students can be nominated for an Alumni Association Student Award. Students who graduated in 2017/18 (January or July) can also be nominated.

Students and staff can nominate students who deserve recognition for their achievements by completing the Alumni Association Student Awards nomination form 2018 by Saturday 10 November.

Please complete this form fully, ensuring that both the nominee and the seconder are fully aware of the content of the form. If you include details of a personal nature, please also ensure that the nominee consents to the disclosure of these details.

2017 winners

Robert Camm (BSc Philosophy and Politics 2017) School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Proposer: Dr Columba Peoples, Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

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 classhonours this summer.

Henry Clay (BSc 2013 - ) School of Biochemistry

Proposer: Professor Catherine Nobes, Professor of Cell Biology and Head of School, School of Biochemistry

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.

John Gilbert (MB ChB 2014 - ) Bristol Medical School

Proposers: Professor David Dymock, Undergraduate Faculty Education Director, Bristol Dental School, Professor Peter Robinson, Head of Bristol Dental School, Chloe Maughan, Research and Evaluation Co-ordinator, Bristol SU

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.

Joshua Greenidge (MArts 2017 - ) Faculty of Arts

Proposer: Professor Fiona Jordan, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

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.

Hannah Haddad (BSc 2014 - ) School of Geographical Sciences

Proposer: Natalie Jester, Research Associate and Assistant Teacher, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Hannah’s energy, drive and dynamism have had broad and diverse impacts. She spearheaded a record-breaking stem cell donation sign up event 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 the Bristol Geography department and Hong Kong University; used her digital marketing skills at a social enterprise for fair migrant employment in Hong Kong; co-organised the first TEDxUniversityofBristol event, as well as participating in Dramsoc, Spotlights, Nightline and telephone fundraising. At the same time, she consistently achieves academic excellence.

Cassandra Lek (BSc 2016 - ) School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Proposer: Edward Satterthwaite, BSc, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience

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. 

James Throup (MEng 2017) Department of Mechanical Engineering

Proposer: Dr Valeska Ting, Reader, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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.