Celebrating excellence: our university awards


We celebrated our exceptional students and staff at the Chancellor's Dinner in the Old Royal Naval College's magnificent and newly restored Painted Hall.

The winners and nominees for each award are:

Student of the year: Chloe Roebuck

Chloe is described by her lecturers as one of the best Maths students we have ever had at the university, averaging over 95% in each of her three years. In her final year Chloe undertook a placement at Woodside School through the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme, choosing to work in a school for students with special needs.  A very active and socially student, she has helped organise several charity events, raising money for causes such as Save the Children, Cancer Research UK, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Also nominated:

  • Bethan Burnside, a final year undergraduate on the Psychology BSc programme who has performed outstandingly.  An independent student with high levels of critical analyses, who in addition to her academic excellence organised a Neuroscience Art event this year, which was greatly enjoyed by staff and students.
  • Bianca Stoica, who has produced a superb academic performance in her second year and has been a proactive Faculty Officer, making a significant contribution to Business Faculty meetings throughout the year, ably representing her fellow students and helping guide faculty policy.
  • Tia Walby, a Marketing, Events and Tourism student who has made a particularly notable impact through her Students' Union work using her subject skills to host numerous activities both for Women's Football and the wider union. Her student group raised over £2,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity and she has taken great responsibility in driving an inclusive and welcoming environment and boosting the profile of the Greenwich Women's Football team.

Student of the year 2019 Chloe Roebuck

Staff member of the year: Colin Allen

Colin is the Director of Student Experience in the Business Faculty.  One of our students says: "During my time studying International Business, I faced a lot of personal problems and wasn't coping that well with my course. Whenever I was feeling that university was getting a bit too much for me Colin was always there to discuss my problems and come up with ways to help in any way he could, which I was very grateful for."  

As well as  being a superb personal tutor, Colin has had a significant role in shaping personal tuition across the university by chairing a Learning Analytics User Group.

Also nominated: 

  • Poppy Gibson, a Lecturer in Primary Education whose student nominee says "she goes above and beyond her role and always makes herself readily available. She is a huge driving force and always provides some sort of comfort with her encouraging words when experiencing personal issues, and is a great leader and role model."
  • David Puplett, Head of Library Services was described as a formidable person to work with and a valuable asset in the university, his passion for students' experience and for thinking ahead has reflected in the high level of satisfaction of students with our libraries.

Staff member of the year 2019 Colin Allen

Alumnus of the year: Mete Coban

Mete studied BA Hons Political Science & Government 2014 and MA Public Policy & Practice 2015 and has just been announced on the shortlist for 'One Young World' Politician of the Year. The award celebrates 'the 5 most promising young politicians between the age of 18 and 35 years old from around the world who are having the greatest impact in their home countries and communities, and have been using their position to benefit young people'. Mete is the only Londoner on this year's shortlist of 20 nominees.  This is in addition to all of the work he does as a Hackney Councillor and with his charity 'My Life, My Say'.

Mete is also one of our 2016 Greenwich Portraits.

Also nominated:

  • Sarah Eberle, who graduated in Landscape Architecture in 1980, and also holds an honorary doctorate from the university and was also one of our 2016 Greenwich Portraits.  She has established herself as an award-winning garden designer of international renown, winning a wide range of medals and awards, winning yet  yet another Gold at Chelsea this year for the Resilience Garden which she designed, also winning won Best Construction Award.
  • Nina Stibbewho studied humanities graduating from Greenwich in 1987, also received an Honorary Doctorate in 2018 in recognition of her contribution to literature, and was subsequently featured in our 2019 Greenwich Portraits.   She has written five books including Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life which was adapted by Nick Hornby for the BBC.  Recently, Reasons To Be Cheerful clinched the 2019 Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and was included in the recent Sunday Times short list of best modern comedic novels.

Alumnus of the year 2019 Mete Coban