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Alumni Awards 2024 winners

We were delighted to celebrate a number of inspirational success stories at our Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Alumni who have achieved success and made a difference in their careers and lives returned to ARU for an awards celebration.

The achievements of ARU alumni in their respective fields were showcased through their nominations in seven different categories, highlighting their outstanding accomplishments.

The ceremony was held at our Chelmsford campus, and was compered by Prof Jackie Kelly, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care. During the course of the ceremony, we celebrated seven winners and seven runners-up.

Read more about this year's shortlisted alumni

Alumni Contribution to Culture Award

Winner: Catherine Rowe
BA Illustration 2013

Highly Commended: Charlotte Claughton
MSc Project Management 2013

Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Chris Clayton
BA European Business Economics 1998

Highly Commended: Venkatesh Krishna Murthy
MSc Supply Chain Management 2018

Highly Commended: Jemima Willcox
BA Hons Photography 2012

Alumni Public Service

Winner: Helen Paisley
Certificate of Higher Education Charity and Social Enterprise Management 2015

Highly Commended: Joel Nelson
DHE Internet Technology 2005

Alumni Rising Star

Winner: Daniel Williams
MSc Consumer Psychology 2021

Highly Commended: Sreeraj Kollarukandy
MA Music Therapy 2022

Alumni Sustainability Champion

Winner: Gachelle Gilkes Edwards
Master of Business Administration 2022

Highly Commended: Chloe Fiddy
MSc Sustainability 2022

Alumni Voluntary Service

Winner: Hawa Daboh Sesay
MA Social Work 2008

Highly Commended: Matthew Grant Campbell
MSc Surgical Care Practice 2023

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Colonel Tim Symonds OBE
BA Hons Business Studies 1998