“We are transforming the world, and our stories should be told” – Salford Alumni Achievement Awards welcome huge guests

UN award winners and industry titans alike gathered in Media City to celebrate their start at Salford.

Salford University Alumni of all ages gathered last month to join the annual Salford alumni celebration awards.

At the University of Salford’s Media City campus, talents from a wide variety of sectors came together to have a drink and receive recognition for their work.

Alumni Award Winners 2018

  • Jason Manford (Media & Performance, 2004) Comedian and Presenter
  • Neill Ricketts (Engineering, 1993) Chief Executive, Versarien
  • Foluke Michael (Project Management, 2016) CEO, CYIAC
  • Qaisra Shahraz (TV & Radio Scriptwriting, 2001) Director, MACFEST
  • Brendan Rendall (BA Fashion, 2004) Fundraiser
  • Karen Dawber (Nursing: Professional Studies, 1994) Chief Nurse, Bradford Teaching Hospitals

Jason Manford was among the alumni given an award, although he could not make it to the event in person he sent ahead a video message after collecting his award earlier this year.

Eight awards were given, the nominations coming for things such as entrepreneurial work, entertainment and charity work.

Speakers gave tales from their time at Salford and beyond; such as Neill Ricketts, one of the leading figures in the world working with Graphene, spoke of how his time at Salford had made him ready for the working world, leading to a huge company and private planes with Theresa May that he had never expected in his life time.

Foluke Michael traveled all the way from Nigeria for her award, given in recognition of the anti-corruption throughout Africa.

Ms Michael founded a Nigerian anti-corruption youth group, the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC).

The group have been recognised internationally, becoming the winner of the Innovative Category of the first UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Awards earlier this year.

Ms Michael said: “We are transforming the world, and our stories should be told to the people at Salford, so we can have more followers and the world would be a better place to live.”

“When our UN award came in it was the climax, we are talking about a global award, but you know I hold this more important because it has to do with education, which is the only way to change the world.”

Salford Alumni Rising Stars

  • Karl Falconer (Television & Radio, 2012) Artistic Director, ‘Til This Night
  • Yasmin Evans (Television & Radio, 2012) Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

Lots of recent alumni also were recognised at the awards, with Rising Star awards going to Karl Falconer and Yasmin Evans.

The pair have made progress in the media world, both with their own media companies and in the world of presenting respectively, the latter being unable to attend.

James Holt, alumni and musician also made an appearance, playing his latest set along with some Christmas classics for the crowd, alongside the Salford University Choir for musical entertainment at the event.

Original Publication on December 14th.

Published by James Sumner

Writer, reviewer & journalist. BA: Multimedia Journalism. MA: PR & Digital Comms.

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