The Bridge Alumni Awards

The Bridge Alumni Awards bring together alumni of the University with staff across various departments to celebrate the contributions of our global alumni community to the University’s commitment to transforming lives, locally and globally.

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August 2021 saw the Development and Alumni Relations Office hold our first ever ‘The Bridge Alumni Awards’ event. Held as a virtual event, we were delighted to have the opportunity to thank our alumni for their support and to recognise the many alumni who had graciously given back their time to the University of Dundee to support our students and the wider community.

Attendees were welcomed to the event by Ellenore Hobkirk, Head of Development and Alumni Relations, with Wendy Alexander, Vice Principal International presenting the awards. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, University of Dundee alumnus, honorary graduate and award winner also spoke of his time at Dundee and his relationship with the University and the city.

Our next event

2021’s inaugural event was a huge success, with over 200 of you registering to watch the online event. This year’s event will take place online on Tuesday 30 August at 12:00 and we hope that many of you will be able to join us.

2021 winners

Outstanding Support of Students Award

This award is for an alumnus/alumna who has gone above and beyond to support the student experience, inspire current students and provide them with invaluable guidance to contribute to their success.

Winner
Dr Sammy Chan (Civil Engineering, Class of 1984, and Concrete Technology & Construction, Class of 1988)

Sammy has invested many hours in the student community, talking to students and applicants about where a career in Engineering can take them, sharing his experience of Dundee and even hosting an internship for a Civil Engineering student at his organisation in Hong Kong.

Honorary mentions

Lisa Marshall (Pharmacology, Class of 1997) for her commitment to supporting a student through the WomeninSTEM Society alumni mentoring programme, helping her mentee with such things as CV building and interview tips, Lisa has positively impacted the career journey of her student mentee.

Sarah Cruickshank (Interactive Media Design, Class of 2009) for speaking at the Marketing Society’s 2021 Conference, sharing her experience of working within communications and marketing.

Jon Fitzpatrick (Law, Class of 1994 and LL.M in Natural Resources Law, Class of 1997) for committing many hours to mentor a student on the leadership plus programme, helping his mentee achieve personal development goals and develop their professional network. Jon has also supported an internship for a graduating student at his company, Gneiss Energy.

Nick Buckworth (Law, Class of 1983) for volunteering his time for students of the Dundee International Law Society, talking to them about life as a leading commercial lawyer in a top-ranking firm.

Ian Mair (Pharmacology, Class of 1995, and Clinical Pharmacology, Class of 1999) for mentoring on the Leadership Plus Programme, giving his mentee advice on how to develop leadership skills. He has also given numerous talks, including to the School of Life Sciences Research Staff Association on careers after studying a PhD/postdoc.

Alexei Matveyev (Business Economics and Marketing, Class of 2007) for leading the establishment of the student Marketing Society in Dundee, which has gone on to achieve high membership and engagement as well as guest lecturing at the School of Business, provided testimonials and sharing his insight with the student community.

Crispin Reed (Administrative Studies, Class of 1984) for delivering a masterclass for the Centre for Entrepreneurship, sharing his career journey with School of Business students, participating on the School of Business Accreditation Focus Group and providing testimonials of his Dundee experience.

Dr Mhairi Towler (Biochemistry, Class of 1996, PhD Cell and Molecular Biology, Class of 2001, Teaching in Higher Education, Class of 2010, Animation & Visualisation, Class of 2012) for providing testimonial support, sharing her Dundee and career experience at the Dundee’s Women’s Festival and for giving a talk to the School of Life Sciences Research Staff Association on careers after studying a PhD/postdoc.

Outstanding Support of the Alumni Community Award

This award is for an alumnus/alumna who has gone above and beyond to support the alumni community, inspiring other alumni to keep connected with Dundee and significantly contributing to the flourishing of our global international community.

Winners
Feso Bright (International Oil and Gas Management, Class of 2010)
Kam Tsui (Engineering, Class of 1979, Civil Engineering, Class of 1983)
Lorinda Chamberlain (English, Class of 1999)

Feso has driven the CEPMLP Global Network forward, setting up WhatsApp groups to keep alumni connected, organising social and networking events and finding new ways to engage CEPMLP graduates wherever they are in the world.

Kam has done excellent work over the years to bring together the engineering alumni in Hong Kong, and in recent years the wider alumni community through driving forward the WhatsApp group and organising events.

Lorinda has brought together the alumni community in North America for the Tartan Day celebrations in New York and has organised other gatherings throughout the year to keep alumni connected.

Honourable mentions

Tina Tu (International Business Law & Transactions, Class of 2011) for being an active member of our China Alumni Network, helping to keep alumni connected and sharing job opportunities on the WeChat channels.

Dr Garba Malumfashi (Petroleum Law and Policy, Class of 2004, Energy Law and Policy, Class of 2011) for leading the Nigeria Alumni Chapter, organising events and facilitating partnership opportunities f0r the University.

Outstanding Support of Student Recruitment Award

This award is for an alumnus/alumna who has gone above and beyond to support the recruitment of students to the University, going the extra mile to share their experience and skills as well as giving invaluable advice and guidance to applicants and offer-holders.

Winners
Jack Wu (International Business & Banking and Finance, Class of 2017)
Cindy Adriaan (Business Economics & Marketing, Class of 2015)

Jack regularly supports our student recruitment efforts through speaking at webinars, particularly helping with sharing his experience in one of our China Career Chats as well as sharing his experience through personal testimonies and providing support through our School of Business Accreditation Focus Group.

Cindy has supported our student recruitment efforts, from participating in the Singapore Alumni Fireside Chat with applicants and offer holders as well as providing personal testimonies about her experience at Dundee and providing support through our School of Business Accreditation Focus Group.

Honorary mentions

Namrata Sarkar (Finance, Class of 2018) for providing regular advice and guidance to prospective students and has participated in a number of recruitment webinars and events.

Chidinma Zik-Ikeorha (International Law, Class of 2013) for providing a personal testimony and speaking to applicants and offer-holders from Africa about her experience of studying law at Dundee.

Outstanding Support of Fundraising Award

This award is for an alumnus/alumna who has gone above and beyond to support the fundraising efforts of the University of Dundee, facilitating campaigns and inspiring fellow alumni and their networks to give.

Winner
The 1967 Club Founding Group

  • Paul Illing (Biochemistry, Class of 1969, PhD Biochemistry, Class of 1972)
  • David Briggs (Law, Class of 1969)
  • Lord George Robertson (Economics, Class of 1968)
  • George Baird (Law, Class of 1972)

The 1967 Club Founding Group formed after the 50th Anniversary with a desire to raise funds from alumni to support disadvantaged students. They hosted a dinner in the House of Lords which resulted in many alumni giving donations of £10,000 or more to fully match fund a Robertson Scholar. The event raised over £150,000 and the 1967 Club continues to inspire alumni to donate.

Honorary mentions

Dr Peter White (Medicine, Class of 1974) for inspiring his year group, the 1974 Medics, to donate to Robertson Scholars studying medicine at Dundee. Collectively they have raised over £24,000 in gifts and pledges from 22 alumni, most of whom have donated for the first time. Peter has maintained communications with his group, encouraging them to donate and is currently asking them to give more to reach £30,000.

Outstanding Alumni Ambassador Award

This award is for an alumnus/alumna who has given exceptional support as an Alumni Ambassador helping to enhance the University's reputation across the world through regular volunteering.

Winner
Pon Poh Hsu (Medicine, 1993)

Pon Poh has been driving forward alumni engagement in Singapore and working with the Development and Alumni Relations Team to enhance University of Dundee's reputation in Singapore. His work on fighting Covid-19 in Singapore has been highlighted in the 2021 edition of The Bridge. He has also supported the Singapore Fireside Chat and joined a Parents Session Q&A to help support student recruitment.

Honorary mentions

Soupal Roy (Professional Accountancy, Class of 2019) for consistently answering queries from applicants and offer-holders about life and study in Dundee as well as providing testimonials for our website.

Joseph Nii Tettey Ashong (Energy Law and Policy, Class of 2016) for providing personal testimonies and for co-establishing the Ghana Alumni Group.

Philip Botchway (International Business & Finance, Class of 2013) for speaking about his experience of Dundee for a School of Business Facebook Live Video and for co-establishing the Ghana Alumni Group.

Outstanding Support from a Recent Graduate Award

This award is for a recently graduated alumnus/alumna (class of 2016 onwards) who has gone above and beyond to support the University after their graduation, sharing their experience and advice with students, offer-holders and applicants to help the University community flourish.

Winner
Sofia Skevofylaka (International Business & Marketing, Class of 2017)

Sofia has been a great ambassador for the University since graduating in 2017. Recently, Sofia has shared her career experience at the Careers Service Alumni panel 'Beyond Graduation - Your Next Steps' and has also spoken at the Business Society’s Alumni Career Chat Event.

Honorary Mentions

Harris Angeli (Mechanical Engineering & Renewables, Class of 2019) for helping with a number of volunteering opportunities including providing a written and video testimony of his student and career experience.

Elmira Ahmedova (Biochemistry, Class of 2019) for giving back her time by providing testimonials and for speaking on a panel about studying and working in the STEM field

Shawn Leishman (Architecture, Class of 2016) for speaking at multiple events including for the DJCAD Graduate Showcase, the Careers in China Chat as well as mentoring a current student through the Leadership Plus Programme.

Outstanding Reunion Organiser Award

This award is for an alumnus/alumna who has gone above and beyond to organise and bring together fellow alumni for a reunion event.

Winner
Rob Duck

Rob was instrumental in driving the Geology reunion in 2019 to mark 30 years since the closure of Geology at Dundee. This event was a real celebration of the successes and achievements of the Geology alumni and a great way to reconnect with them. What made this reunion tricky was that it wasn't just one class but from across the decades but Rob made it his mission to reconnect with as many Geology graduates as possible.

Honorary mentions

Philippe Boissiere (Medicine, Class of 1976) for organising a reunion in 2016, encouraging alumni to attend the event in Dundee and worked with the Development and Alumni Relations Team to arrange the activities - campus and city tour, dinner in DUSA, Ninewells visit – with another reunion planned for 2022.