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Alumni of the Year Awards

Our Alumni of the Year Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of BU’s graduates. The awards open each spring and nominations are welcome from BU staff and members of the alumni community.

In 2019 we are inviting nominations in three categories, which reflect BU’s core purpose to “Inspire Learning, Advance Knowledge and Enrich Society”:

The Inspire Learning Award

This category recognises alumni who use their knowledge and experiences to inspire others through education or professional development.

The Advancing Knowledge Award

This award recognises alumni who lead change in their industry or sector through creativity and innovation.

The Enriching Society Award

This recognises alumni who make a positive impact on the challenges facing society.

Nominations are now closed for 2019 – check back soon to discover our winners

Read the competition rules before making your entry:

Competition rules

  1. Bournemouth University staff and alumni may nominate members of the alumni community
  2. An individual can nominate any number of alumni
  3. Nominees may also be staff at BU, but should have completed a qualification at Bournemouth University to qualify as a member of the alumni community in their own right
  4. Nominations can be made in respect of BU alumni based in the UK or overseas
  5. While BU Honorary Graduates are members of the alumni community, we are not actively seeking nominations for existing Honorary Graduates as these individuals have already been recognised for their achievements and we are seeking to identify unsung heroes
  6. The competition aims to make three awards (one in each category) but we reserve the right to reduce this number dependent on the quality of the nominations
  7. The specific criteria for each award category is referenced on the nomination form
  8. The 2019 competition opens on Monday 11 March and closes on Friday 12 April at 5pm
  9. You must have the permission of the person you are nominating and ensure that they will be happy to feature in online publicity in the event they are shortlisted
  10. By making a nomination, you give the university permission to use the content you have provided on our website, in social media and emails and in publicity and marketing materials
  11. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges appointed by the university. The decision of the panel is final and we will not enter into correspondence with regards to the decision of the panel
  12. The winners and their nominators will be informed directly before any announcements are made. In the event a winner has not opted into receiving communications from the Alumni Relations Team (under GDPR), the team will provide the nominator with a form of wording which invites the winner to opt into communications relating to the award process
  13. By making a submission, you consent to the data you provide being used by the university for the purposes of administering the competition, and in line with BU’s data protection policy. The Alumni Relations Team will record all nominations and related communications against the nominee’s record on the alumni database (The Raiser’s Edge). If the nominator is a BU alum, we will also record this correspondence against their record on The Raiser’s Edge
  14. The university accepts no responsibility for incorrectly completed, lost or delayed entries, or for the non-inclusion of entries as a result of technical failures
  15. There is no financial element to the award
  16. The university reserves the right to cancel the competition or amend the rules at any time, without prior notice

Meet our 2018 award winners

Overall winner 

Brian Heppenstall, BSc (Hons) Environmental Protection, 2003, Senior Ranger at Hengisbury Head

Brian received three separate nominations, each of which highlighted his passion for environmental protection, educating others and encouraging and inspiring young people.

Brian Heppenstall, BU graduate

“It’s a great honour to win the first BU Alumni of the Year Award. BU graduates seem to be making a name for themselves and for the university itself. So to even be considered for this award, let alone win it, is an incredible milestone in my career and I’m very grateful to those who have nominated me and to the judges who felt that I deserved to win the award.”

Outstanding Achievement Award winners

Eleanor McDowell, MA Radio Production, 2008, Senior Producer at Falling Tree Productions

Eleanor is part of the team at one of the world’s leading radio production companies, crafting award-winning radio features, documentaries, audio tours and podcasts. Alongside her work she continues to return to BU to mentor students.

Eleanor McDowell, BU graduate

“I was surprised, delighted and incredibly grateful for the nomination. It’s a real privilege to come back to the university to talk with new students. It’s always a pure pleasure to listen to their work and the inventive, playful ways they’re telling stories.”

Richard Fogg, BA (Hons) Public Relations, 2001, Chief Executive Officer at CCgroup

Richard has gone on to lead the company he first worked for on placement while at BU. He maintains strong links with BU by contributing to guest lectures, workshops and student recruitment events.

Richard Fogg, BU graduate

“I’ve always said that my time at BU gave me an unfair advantage in my career. I got so much out of my degree and from staying in touch with my school and my lecturers, but to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in the first BU Alumni of the Year Awards is something else. I’m simultaneously astounded and honoured.”

Tony Lorman, BSc (Hons) Food Production Development & Retailing, 2002, UK Commercial Director at Danone

As UK Commercial Director for Danone, Tony leads a business worth over £500m. He uses his own experiences to develop future graduates by offering placements and returning to give guest lectures.

Tony Lorman, BU graduate

“BU was the first chapter in building a career that I thoroughly enjoy and using my experience to help benefit others gives me great energy, so I am delighted to be recognised for my achievements.” 

Special posthumous award

In 2018 the judges also made a posthumous award to Alan Brown, who passed away in 2017 after working as a demonstrator within BU’s Faculty of Media & Communication. Alan, who completed an MA Radio Production in 2009, was nominated for his passion for radio broadcast and his supportive approach to working with students.