Alumni Volunteer Awards
After a successful launch last year, our Alumni Volunteer Awards once again celebrate all of our amazing volunteers and say thank you to those exceptional individuals who do so much to support us all.
Earlier this year we called on our students, staff and alumni to nominate alumni who deserve recognition for going the extra mile.
Staff, students and fellow alumni all came forward to nominate alumni volunteers involved in an array of projects both in the UK and internationally. The judging panel, made up of representatives of all the above groups, are delighted to announce this year’s winners:
Debbie Hill Award for the Exceptional Support of Students
The 2019 winner is Natasha Bellinger (LLB Law, 2011) for her long standing and committed support for law students at Exeter. Natasha began volunteering her time as soon as she graduated. Her encouragement of future law students through Exeter’s Pathways to Law programme, and support of current law students through a range of employability activities, impressed the judges.
Natasha said: “I feel honoured to have been chosen and was completely taken aback at being shortlisted. It is an absolute delight volunteering with the University because of the fantastic and enthusiastic people I get to work with on a regular basis and it is great seeing the University go from strength to strength.”
Nicholas Bull Award for the Exceptional Support of the Alumni Community.
2019’s winner is Archit Garg (MSc International Management, 2014) thanks to his enthusiastic and committed support of both the MSc International Management cohort across the world and the wider alumni community in India. Nominated for the second year running, the judges were impressed by the number of fellow alumni who got in touch to nominate Archit and their supporting testimonials.
Archit said: “Associating with the University has been a wonderful learning experience for me. I enjoy liaising with local alumni, helping to arrange business and social events and answering the queries/questions of prospective students. I try to engage with each alum on a personal basis whether they are based in India or abroad. I would like to thank all the alumni for nominating me and supporting my efforts for the University of Exeter.”
View the 2019 shortlist below!
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
This could be in the form of career mentoring for students, taking part in mock interviews, giving a course specific talk to students, supporting a Guild society activity etc.
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
This could be fellow alumni who organise alumni events and activities, work on alumni committees, etc.