University of Salford Alumni Achievement Award winners crowned!

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The University of Salford hosted its 2023 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony on Wednesday 22 November at Manchester’s King Street Townhouse. With alumni from across the four schools taking home the prestigious awards, the ceremony was a chance to recognise the breadth of talent coming out of the University.

Winners included BBC Radio 1 journalist Vicky Hawkesworth, who made broadcasting history in September 2022 when she took over Scott Mills’ afternoon show, becoming the first weekday program to be broadcast on the station from Salford rather than London.

Also on the honours list was Salford Business School alumni Richard Jeffrey, National Director of GC Business, a division of The Growth Company. Richard has enjoyed phenomenal success since graduating in 2002, turning a £500k investment into a £20 million per annum business, and chairing the Northern Powerhouse Growth Hub Network to give something back to local entrepreneurs.

With over 40 years in his field, Tervinder Singh Matharu currently leads the Radiography Physics team at The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust. He also won the Best Presented Paper award in 1992 for ground-breaking research on Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and has gone on to author other influential papers in the field.

Scooping the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award was Salford Business School’s Jeanette Gamble, who graduated in 2000 with her BSc in Business Information Systems. Jeanette went on to become one of global investment bank Morgan Stanley’s youngest female Managing Directors, and has since used her expertise and influence to break down gender barriers within the world of tech, and serves as an Honorary International Fellow at the School.

“It really is an honour to receive this award today, it still doesn’t feel real!” Jeanette said. “When I look back at my time at Salford, I’m the most grateful for the people I met and the friends I made who I remain close to today. I realised that I feel a real connection to the University, despite now living in the US, so to be back in Manchester and meeting the team behind Salford Business School now feels really special.”

Congratulations to all of the winners on their achievements. You can see the full list of winners and their biographies on the University of Salford website.

Karl Dayson, Chair of the Selection Committee at the University of Salford, commented: “We know that our University sets people up for rewarding careers when they finish their studies. More than that, though, the Alumni Achievement Awards celebrate the achievements of our alumna on a personal level, with many having gone on to mentor people just starting out in their careers, demonstrating the community-first ethos of Salford. These Awards are shining examples of how our graduates are not just carving out extremely successful careers, but also becoming pioneers within their fields. Thank you to everybody who came down to the ceremony, it really was a special event.”

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