Date of release: Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Vice-Chancellor with Molly Case, Student of the YearThree exceptional individuals were honoured at the University of Greenwich’s Recognition Awards last night (Wednesday 24 July).

Prizes were presented to winners in three categories, with the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, saying that all the winners and nominees had inspired him through their achievements.

Molly Case, a Nursing undergraduate, was named as Student of the Year, in recognition of her determination to be an advocate for the profession. Earlier in the year, Molly received a standing ovation at the Royal College of Nursing Congress for her poem Nursing the Nation. Written in response to negative publicity about NHS staff, the poem was commended throughout the nursing profession. Molly was recently named in the Health Service Journal’s list of Inspirational Women in Healthcare.

Jacklyn Edwards-Tubb, Office and Finance Manager in the Business School, is Staff Member of the Year, in recognition of her skills in leadership and innovation, and for her ability to inspire confidence in others. The Vice-Chancellor commended Jacklyn for successfully devising and implementing new systems, and for leading her team by example.

Solomon Wifa was voted Alumnus of the Year following a poll of former Greenwich students. A Law graduate, he went on to become the youngest-ever managing partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, one of top 30 law firms in the world. He recently appeared in The Lawyer’s prestigious Hot 100 list of the UK’s highest-achieving lawyers.

Professor Maguire said: “In each category we sought nominees who exemplified the values and behaviours of the university as a whole, and each one of these stories has inspired me. So many of our staff, students and alumni make outstanding contributions, not just to the university but to society as a whole, which means choosing winners was a difficult task.”

The awards were announced at the university’s Graduation Dinner, hosted by its Chancellor, the Rt Hon the Lord Hart of Chilton. Guests from the worlds of industry, commerce, finance and public service came to celebrate the university’s achievements, and also to raise money for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund, which supports students in hardship.

Shortlisted nominees for Student of the Year were Claire Wing, who combines her studies in Early Years Education with extensive charity work, and Osheane Chambers, a student on the IT Management for Business course, who is also a Barclays Corporate mentor and the founder of ‘Deptford’s Got Talent’.

Gillian Haxell, Research Administrator and PA in the Business School, and Music Director Nicholas Jenkins, conductor of the university choir, were nominated as Staff Member of the Year.

The other nominees for Alumni Member of the Year were Jenni Fagan and Ian Livingstone CBE. Jenni, a Creative Writing graduate, was recently named as one of the “Best of Young British Novelists’ of this decade by literary magazine Granta. Ian, a co-founder of Games Workshop, is recognised as one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry.

The winners of last year’s inaugural Recognition Awards were Natural Resources Institute PhD researcher Frances Hawkes (Student of the Year), senior lecturer Anastasios Maragiannis (Staff Member of the Year) and distinguished campaigner Doreen Lawrence (Alumnus of the Year).

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Professor David Maguire with Molly Case, Student of the Year.