We are delighted to announce Vicky Hawkesworth, BA (Hons) Television and Radio class of 2017, as our Alumni Achievement Award winner in 2024. In a relatively short amount of time since graduating, Vicky has excelled in her field and forged paths of leadership for others to follow.
Vicky Hawkesworth portrait, Create Student Awards 2024

This award is presented each year to recognise the diverse achievements of the University’s growing and vibrant alumni community. The achievements of Salford graduates takes many forms; career success, exemplary service to the community or the University; services of a personal or humanitarian nature; or through contributions to the arts, charities and business.

Vicky Hawkesworth made broadcasting history in September 2022 when she took over Scott Mills' afternoon show on BBC Radio 1, becoming the first weekday program to be broadcast from Salford instead of London. Vicky's journey began during the 2020 festive period when she hosted Radio 1's Christmas Takeover, showcasing her upbeat and witty style to a national audience. Her career flourished with frequent appearances on Radio 1 and a regular role at BBC Radio Manchester. Vicky also hosted the BBC iPlayer coverage of Radio 1's Big Weekend 2022 and the Platinum Jubilee Concert. Vicky then joined forces with Dean McCullough to host a brand-new daytime show on Radio 1, entertaining a nationwide audience.

Beyond her broadcasting success, Vicky actively contributes to her community. She played a key role in fundraising activities for Bolton FM, including an annual charity event supporting Bolton Hospice. Vicky also champions inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights through her show on Gaydio, promoting diversity. As a proud northerner from a modest background, Vicky's achievements are even more impressive, breaking barriers in a media industry often dominated by middle-class privilege. She has visited schools in Bolton, offering career guidance and inspiration to students.

Vicky has remained connected to her roots, providing inspirational content for students at the University of Salford and sharing valuable career advice through interactive seminars.

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Watch a video interview with Vicky below. 

Vicky Hawkesworth Create Student Awards 2024