Alumni Award celebrates outstanding Greenwich graduates

This year’s Alumni Award finalists feature an eclectic mix of Greenwich graduates, making waves in film, politics, novel writing, sport and wealth management.

Alongside their huge professional and creative accomplishments, each of our four selected alumni is motivated by strong values which run through all their work.

Set up in 2012, the Alumni Award recognises the outstanding achievements of University of Greenwich graduates.

Previous winners include Baroness Doreen Lawrence, leading City lawyer Solomon Wifa, and fashion designer and entrepreneur, Holly Wang

The winner will be announced at the university’s Graduation Reception on 17 July.

2018 nominees

Mete Coban

BA Hons Politics 2014 MA Public Policy & Practice 2015

Mete is CEO of MyLifeMySay, an influential youth-led movement seeking to secure a better Brexit for young people.

Mete has had an outstanding year representing young people’s concerns about Brexit in one to one meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron (featured in the i newspaper), Michel Barnier and Tony Blair. He is also working closely with cross-parliamentary MPs as a member of the APPG Young People’s Brexit.

In recognition of its innovative initiatives, MyLifeMySay has received a National Democracy Award for “Changemaker of the Year”.

Mete has just been elected for his second term as Councillor for Stoke Newington in Hackney, having first been elected in 2014, aged 21, the youngest councillor in the UK at the time.

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Emily George

BA Film and Television Production 2017

Emily’s film The Whale Bowl (Lolita’s Story) was shortlisted for a BAFTA Student Film Award, one of 60 films nominated out of over 460 submissions from 35 countries.

Emily wrote, produced and directed the film as part of her third year project at Greenwich. It aims to raise awareness about orcas in captivity through a unique combination of animation and archival footage.

So far it has been watched over 27,000 times on YouTube and 54,000 times on Facebook and has screened at film festivals in the UK, USA, South Africa and Europe.

Alongside making the documentary Emily is actively involved in campaigning to release whales from captivity – an issue which she has always felt extremely strongly about and inspired her to make the film.

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Emily George (second left) celebrates her film’s shortlisting at a BAFTA party. With her (left to right) are university staff Julie Watkins and Lucy Brown, and fellow graduate Kieran Warboys.

Adelle Stripe

BA Creative Writing 2009

Adelle’s debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and received the Society of Authors K Blundell Award for Fiction.

Inspired by the life and work of playwright, Andrea Dunbar, It was named one of the Observer’s books of the year for 2017, described as “a beautiful period piece of 1980s Britain, as funny and sad as anything by Dunbar herself”.

Adelle is also a poet, with three published collections to her name. A commissioned work, The Humber Star, was performed last year as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and was praised by The Financial Times as “a work of fantastic depth and poignancy.”

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Adelle Stripe

Jason Turner                                               

BSc Sports Science 1997

As Chair of the university’s Sports Strategy Board since 2016, Jason is playing a central role in helping to develop the university’s ambitious strategy to raise the level of student participation in extra-curricular sport.

A former player for Wasps Rugby with a background in wealth management, Jason was also the first business ambassador for social inclusion charity, School of Hard Knocks, which uses rugby, boxing and mentoring to help young people improve their self-confidence and employability. He brought together a board of influential City figures to support it.

Jason works with ultra-high-net worth clients at RBC Wealth Management, part of the Royal Bank of Canada. He was dubbed a rising star of the City in Brummell’s ‘Ones to Watch’ list in 2015 and is now one of the judges.

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