Alumni Recognition Award
This award celebrates and formally recognises the achievements of alumni of the University who have made outstanding contributions to society.
Alumni Recognition Award 2017
Do you know an alumnus from the University of Winchester, or one of its predecessor institutions, who have made an outstanding contribution to society through:
- considerable community/voluntary dedication
- career success in any area with a number of notable achievements
- exceptional courage in the face of adversity
- heroism or dedication to others
If you do then please consider nominating them for the award. Awards can be made by alumni, staff, students and governors of the University of Winchester.
Completed forms should be returned to email@example.com or Alumni Office, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR.
The recipients for the 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award were:
Certificate of Education (Music), 1952-1954
As Headmaster of St Richard's with St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Ham, Kingston-on-Thames, Alan formed a choir that went on to have notable success on radio and television over a period of some 20 years. The choir was highly sought after by the BBC and ITV, particularly in the Christmas season. Highlights included two appearances in Cliff Richard's Christmas TV Programme, three BBC Radio 2 Christmas programmes, numerous recordings made in the Broadcasting House Concert Hall heard by millions of people worldwide, and being the first school choir to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the Church of England Children's Society Annual Founder's Day Festival.
John Stanley Stoker, in memory
Certificate of Education (Physical Education) - 1962-1965
Stan was an accomplished sportsman, as well as an inspirational teacher and Deputy Headteacher. Having represented his native County Durham in cricket before coming to Winchester, he continued to have sporting success both as a student and once leaving King Alfred's College, both in rugby and cricket. He played cricket and rugby for Dorset before taking up a PE teaching post in Newcastle and playing rugby for Gosforth and cricket for Sunderland and Durham City. During his time at Durham CCC a win over Hertfordshire led to Stan being named Man of the Match, an accolade of great personal pride. Alongside sport, Stan excelled as a teacher, Head of Lower School and later Deputy Head of Spennymoor Grammar School. He was known for forming strong and lasting relationships with many of his pupils as well as being a good listener and able to point ways forward in difficult situations.
Sadie Rance, in memory
BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Community Studies - 2009-2012
As a student, Sadie was enthusiastically involved in the tennis, athletic and netball teams. In her third year she was elected Welfare Officer of Winchester Student Union where her approachable nature and willingness to help others saw her lead various campaigns throughout the year. After graduation she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer and given a year to live. She battled against the disease for two years and spent every day celebrating life and seizing every opportunity, including marrying fellow Winchester alumnus Jason. Sadie, her family and friends not only raised awareness of cancer, but significant amounts of money for various cancer charities whilst always bringing people together, maintaining a positive attitude and a formidable Team Winchester spirit.
Previous winners of the Alumnus of the Year Award
- 2015 Graham Gayton, Certificate of Education (Physical Education), 1965-1968, Dr Mark Owen, BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies, MA Death in World Religions, PhD Tibetan Buddhism, 2000-2015 and Joanna Owen BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Television, MA Theatre and Media for Development, 2000-2009
- 2014 Hazel Forsyth, BA (Hons) History and English, 1980-1983
- 2013 Jack Highwood, BA Archaeological Practice, 2001-2004
- 2012 Jonathan Gribbin, Primary Education, 1996-2000 and Carmella Reece, Education Studies (Early Childhood) 2002-2005, PGCE 2005-2006