Alumni Volunteer of the Year awards!

Having hit our Campaign target for alumni volunteering an incredible two and a half years early, we want to celebrate all of our amazing volunteers and to say thank you to those exceptional individuals who do so much to support us all.

For the first time, we are launching the University of Exeter Alumni Volunteer Awards! We are calling on our students, staff and alumni to nominate individuals that deserve recognition for going the extra mile.

Nominations have now closed. Our judging panel (made up of alumni, student and staff representatives) will meet to select the winner in each of the two categories soon and we will announce the winners in early April. We will be in touch with all shortlisted nominees ahead of the public announcement of the winners.

Awards will be presented, either in person at the Alumni Gala Dinner in London on May 10th , or by alternative arrangement. All shortlisted nominees will receive a mention at the Gala Dinner and written congratulations.

The Shortlist

Debbie Hill Award:

Duncan Goldsworthy (Chemistry, 1977) for his long-standing and committed support of a wide range of student employability activities

Lizzie Daly (MSci Animal Behaviour, 2016) for her passionate support of students studying Animal Behaviour

Daniel Orton (Psychology, 2012) for his outstanding support of the student media society, XTV

David Morgan (Msc Climate Change and Risk Management, 2009) for going above and beyond in his support of Business School students in Cornwall

Amanda Quartly (One Planet MBA, 2012) for her tireless contribution to the IBM/University of Exeter partnership and skills development of One Planet MBA students

Niklas Rahmel (Information Technology Management for Business, 2015) for exceptional support of student employability and student experience across the board


Nicholas Bull Award

Archit Garg (MSc. International Management, 2012) for his enthusiastic and committed support of the alumni community in India

Emma Payne (Archaeology, 2011) for her passionate and driven approach to supporting recent alumni in London as Chair of Exetra

Jonathan Broad (LLB Law 2008) for his dedicated organisation of the annual Alumni Carol Concert

Richard Umbers (Geography and Geology, 1988) for his professional organisation of alumni events in Melbourne

Wenjie Li (Msc Accounting and Finance, 2012) for his pioneering development of the Exeter China Alumni Association


The awards:

These awards are named in honour of two long-standing alumni volunteers, formally recognising the commitment and support that they have given us over many years.

The Debbie Hill Award for exceptional support of students

Named in honour of Debbie Hill (Drama, 2006), Head of Volunteering at Marie Curie, in recognition of her invaluable advice and guidance on the development of our alumni volunteering programme. Her advice and guidance have ensured that our alumni volunteers are engaged in meaningful, satisfying activities and are recognized and celebrated for their incredible work.

This award celebrates individual alumni volunteers who give their time and expertise to provide exceptional support to our students. Volunteers who:

  • Go above and beyond in their support for Exeter students
  • Inspire our students with their passion and commitment
  • Provide invaluable advice and guidance, making an outstanding contribution to our students’ success

The Nicholas Bull Award for exceptional support of the alumni community

Nicholas Bull (Chemistry, 1973) has been volunteering his time and expertise for the University of Exeter for almost two decades. Over the years, he has taken on a wide variety of roles and activities to support our staff, students and his fellow alumni. As member of the Alumni Network Group for 10 years and independent member of Council since 2009, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that the alumni voice is represented across the University.

This award celebrates individual alumni volunteers who give their time and expertise to support our alumni community, both in the UK and internationally. Volunteers who:

  • Go above and beyond in their support of their fellow alumni
  • Inspire fellow alumni with their passion and commitment to Exeter’s lifelong community
  • Make a significant contribution to our flourishing alumni community, either regionally or internationally

Thank you for nominating your exceptional alumni volunteers.