Date of release: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire with Safiyya RiyadhThree ‘outstanding’ individuals have been chosen as the latest winners of the University of Greenwich’s Recognition Awards.

In a ceremony last night (Tuesday 15 July), prizes were presented by the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, to the staff member, student and alumnus of the year.

Carney Battenti, a second-year History undergraduate, was named as Student of the Year for his contribution to a range of university-wide student experience projects. Carney is a Students’ Union representative, president of a student society and a recruitment ambassador. While doing all of these voluntary activities, he continues to achieve impressive academic grades.

Dr Jonathan Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Advertising & Marketing Communications Management, is Staff Member of the Year. A member of the university’s Business School, he has demonstrated an impressive research output and an equally strong commitment to teaching. The Vice-Chancellor commended the support, motivation and inspiration that he provides for his students. Dr Wilson has also gained extensive national and international media coverage, further raising the public profile of the university.

Safiyya Riyadh was voted Alumnus of the Year following an online poll of former Greenwich students. This award celebrates exceptional achievements by a former student over the previous 12 months.

Since graduating in 2005 with a BSc in Computing, Safiyya has blazed an impressive trail in the online marketing sector. She has become Head of Technical Services for internet marketing company Affiliate Window, managing its UK team, and was ranked at number six by business magazine The Drum in its recent top 30 list celebrating the UK’s next generation of female digital leaders.

Professor Maguire said that all winners and nominees had inspired him through their achievements. “The awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by our staff, students and alumni, and not just to the university, but to society as a whole. In each category, we sought nominees who exemplified the values of the university as a whole, and who showed the difference we all can make.”

AwardThe awards were announced at the Chancellor’s Dinner, which was attended by guests from the worlds of industry, commerce, education, finance and public service. Baroness Scotland, the university’s new Chancellor, gave a welcome address.

Shortlisted nominees for Student of the Year were Ellen Louise Hall and Emilly Sanderson. Ellen is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, and combines this with a voluntary role for the Association of Young People’s Health. Emilly, a second-year Sports Science student, has shown commitment and professionalism in engaging both staff and students in discussions about how to improve the learning experience.

Phil Hudson and Dr Lauren Pecorino were nominated as Staff Member of the Year. As Digital & Computing Facilities Manager in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, Phil has shown outstanding commitment to providing support to staff and students. Dr Pecorino, Principal Lecturer in Cancer Biology within the Faculty of Engineering & Science, was nominated for her commitment to the social wellbeing of staff and students, and for her innovative teaching and learning strategies

AwardThere were four other nominees for Alumnus of the Year. These were landscape gardener Tommaso del Buono, awarded a Gold Medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show; Trevor Goul-Wheeker, the Chairman of Blackwell’s bookshops; food scientist and entrepreneur Fred Mussawir-Key, founder of multi-million-pound company MH Food Brands; and Peter van Manen, Vice-President for McLaren Applied Technologies.

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Picture (top): Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire with Safiyya Riyadh, Alumnus of the Year.

Picture (middle): Dr Jonathan Wilson, Staff Member of the Year, with Professor David Maguire.

Picture (bottom): Carney Battenti, Student of the Year, with Professor David Maguire.