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Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumni Achievement Awards


Newcastle University’s annual Alumni Achievement Awards acknowledges the outstanding achievements of our graduates. We are extremely proud of the contributions our graduates make to society and wish to recognise their exceptional efforts.

The Awards will be presented as part of the Pride of Newcastle University Awards 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Awards have been postponed from its initial date of June 2020. The new date will be confirmed in due course. Members of our alumni community, are eligible to nominate their fellow alumni for an award. Nominations can also be made by current staff at Newcastle University.

Alumni Achievement Award Categories

Rising Star
This award recognises an alumni rising star, up to 10 years from graduation, who is making impact in their workplace, industry, community or on University life.

Alumni Impact
This award recognises alumni at any point from graduation who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution to business/industry
  • Outstanding contribution to society/community life
  • Potential to inspire the next generation of current and prospective students
  • Demonstration of involvement with the University, particularly through volunteering

How to nominate?

Nominations for the Alumni Achievement Awards 2020 are now closed (as of 13 April 2020).

Alumni Achievement Awards 2020

Winners 2020

Alumni Achievement Awards 2020

Dylan McKee (winner of Rising Star award)

Dylan is a young entrepreneur, influencer and ambassador of the North East Start-up, digital and tech sectors with a growing national profile. His multi award-winning business ‘Nebula Labs’ is well known and celebrated within the region for its impressive portfolio of dynamic, innovative digital solutions to real-life problems. Their mission is to solve problems that apply to real-life scenarios, creating change through applied technology, with a particular focus on health, wellbeing, travel and tourism. Within just 12 months of creation, Nebula Labs was awarded ‘Best New Business’ at the local Dynamites Awards in 2018. In February 2020 they won the Digital Technology Award at the North East Business Awards. Currently aged 24, he was named one of 35 under 35 to watch in the North East by The Journal in 2019. Dylan is ambitious with big plans to grow into the global market and is active in encouraging the next generation of developers and innovators. He makes regular guest appearances at Newcastle University to encourage and inspire students. Through Nebula Labs he continues to be heavily involved in projects that champion and further the North East.

Colin Herron (winner of Alumni Impact award)

Since graduation with a PhD in 2006, Colin has had an enormous impact on the automotive industry in the North East and has become a leading advocate for the UK’s shift to low carbon transport. Over the last twelve years, he has worked tirelessly to support the UK’s transition to electric cars. Following a 17-year career with Nissan Manufacturing, Colin joined the Regional Development Agency (One North East) in 2007. Colin has since went on to form Zero Carbon Futures (ZCF), a not for profit subsidiary of Gateshead College, which is advising cities and local authorities across the UK on the transition away from fossil fuelled vehicles. Colin continues to have an impact regionally with the North East Automotive Alliance, North East LEP innovation board, IET manufacturing policy panel where he helps shape regional innovation strategy. Colin as also kept close to Newcastle university and continues to actively be involved as a guest lecturer. In recognition of his successful career, Colin was appointed a CBE in 2018 for services to business and renewable energy.

Winners Dylan McKee (left) and Colin Herron (right)

Winners 2019

Alumni Achievement Awards 2019

Maria Nazarova-Doyle (winner of Rising Star award)

Maria is a champion for women in finance. She has also kept a strong bond with Newcastle University Business School as a recurring guest speaker to postgraduate students. Her aim is to help students on finance PGT programmes with guidance on careers in the capital, whilst particularly trying to encourage more women to join the financial services industry. 

Dr Theodore Anagnostopoulos (winner of Alumni Impact award)

Throughout Theo’s academic career, Theo gained scholarships, awards, and published several peer reviewed papers. At the same time, he realised that the scientific research conducted by himself and his peers was perceived as completely incomprehensible by his wider circle of friends. As a result, he noticed a deep gap of knowledge between scientists and the general public. He then started seeking the connection of scientific work to life outside the lab and the improvement of society.

Maria Nazarova-Doyle
Alumni Achievement Award winner, Maria Nazarova-Doyle