Date of release: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

VC AwardsSeveral outstanding individuals have been named as the winners of the University of Greenwich's latest Recognition Awards.

In a ceremony last night (Tuesday 18 July), prizes were presented by the university's Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, to the Staff Member, Student and Alumna of the year.

Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the exceptional contributions made by many, not just to the university but to society as a whole.

Ryan Flynn, Principal Lecturer in Games & Multimedia Technologies, becomes Staff Member of the Year for his commitment to supporting students and colleagues. Ryan has also continued the good work of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities in promoting opportunities in the creative, digital and technical professions for young women.

Randy Aggrey, who is studying Secondary Education in the Faculty of Education & Health, was named as Student of the Year. The organiser of a science club for school pupils, Randy has been acknowledged by his lecturers and colleagues for his professional approach to ensuring excellence in teaching. He is said to have the potential to be an outstanding teacher and a great asset to the education sector.

Holly Wang, founder of the UK-based fashion brand Miss Patina, becomes Alumna of the Year. Graduating in 2008 with a BA Hons in Business Studies, Holly has led her brand to international success: it is now stocked in more than 100 stores and boutiques across the UK, Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA.

Singer Taylor Swift, actress Sienna Miller and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke have all been seen in Miss Patina, and Holly's work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. She was also one of the subjects of the university's latest Greenwich Portraits Exhibition.

"We had a very impressive shortlist made up of some truly outstanding individuals, so choosing the winners was a difficult task," Professor Maguire said. "All of our nominees tell you something about the work that the university does, and the difference that we can all make. In each category we sought people who exemplify the values and behaviours of the institution as a whole."

A winner was also chosen for the Excellence in Education award, competed for across the university. Winners had previously been picked for categories including Most Innovative Teacher, Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience, and Outstanding Contribution to Employability.

In a close contest, the overall winner was the Business School's Jessica Templeton, Senior Lecturer in Events Management, who had also been joint winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience category. Jessica was honoured for her ability to motivate students and help them fulfil their potential.

The awards were presented at a special Graduation Reception, staged at the university's award-winning Stockwell Street building and attended by guests from the worlds of industry, commerce, education, finance and public service. Winners were each presented with a trophy designed by a Greenwich student.

Dr Georgious Loukas, Lecturer in Computer Security in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, and Sue Short, Departmental Administrator, Faculty of Education & Health, were both nominated for Staff Member of the Year. Dr Loukas has placed Greenwich at the forefront of cyber security research, while Sue was recognised for her exceptional dedication to the university's students and partnerships.

Shortlisted nominees for Student of the Year included Ahnisha Thurairajah, an Accounting & Finance undergraduate, for her work in strengthening her fellow students' employability prospects; and Sylvia Ikomo, a PGCE student, for her dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children.

The other nominees for Alumnus of the Year were the Cowley brothers, Danny and Nicky, the managerial duo who led Lincoln City to the National League title and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup; and Karl Ohiri, an artist of growing international reputation, whose work has been exhibited at prestigious venues including the National Portrait Gallery.

Kim Wood (Faculty of Engineering & Science), and Dr Agnieszka Herdan and Dr Francesco Guidi (both Business School), made the final shortlist for the Excellence in Education Overall Award.

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Picture: From left: Randy Aggrey, Holly Wang, Professor David Maguire, Jessica Templeton and Ryan Flynn.