The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. For the third consecutive year, Greece is honoured to be hosting the Alumni Awards in partnership with the British Embassy Athens, the British Graduates Society (BGS) and the British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.
Meet the winners
The winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 in Greece were announced at a prestigious award ceremony on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at the British Ambassador’s Residence. The ceremony was hosted by the British Ambassador HE Kate Smith CMG and Director British Council Greece, Ms Anastasia Andritsou. The ceremony was attended by the Alumni Awards Ambassador 2019 Greece, Ms Maria Nikoltsiou, journalist and presenter at Alpha TV.
The winners of the Alumni Awards 2019 are:
- Dr Maria Sartzetaki, Cranfield University, Professional Achievement Award
- Dr Spiros Kitsinelis, University of Sheffield, Social Impact Award
Speaking at the ceremony, the British Ambassador HE Ms Kate Smith CMG said: ‘Τhe British Council Alumni Awards is an institution which also enormously contributes to the support and promotion of British university education – across the world. Τhe Awards were launched for the first time in Greece in 2017 and have gone from strength to strength. The whole competition process and event celebrating the winners are a fantastic showcase for the achievement and indeed αριστεία of Greek graduates of British universities. And the experience of being a member of the selection panel has revealed to me, in a way I couldn’t imagine before, the variety of different studies undertaken and walks of life which Greek alumni have entered and shone in. Be it in the public sector, science and research, businesses of many different kinds, both big and small, the non-state and NGO and voluntary sector, British graduates in Greece are leading, innovating, acting as role models for younger colleagues, contributing to their communities and wider society. They are making a difference. And what the process shows me too is how the quality, standards, ethos and values of British education and its institutions have inspired and contributed to that success. And how that is not forgotten.’
Anastasia Andritsou, Director, British Council Greece, said: ‘I am delighted that we are hosting the Study UK Alumni Awards in Greece for the third consecutive year. All the finalists and winners join a global community, an exciting network of like-minded individuals that will help maintain close relations between Greece and the UK by sharing values and contributing to greater prosperity for the societies and economy of both countries.’
Maria Tsakali, Head Education and Society, British Council Greece, said: ‘The third year of the Study UK Alumni Awards has come to a successful end and once again the Awards have showcased the successes of Greek people who, in difficult times, have excelled in their fields, attesting to the impact of a UK education on their achievements. The Awards aim, not only to celebrate these successes, but to underpin the profoundly strong connections of the Greek people with the UK, especially in education.’
Maria Nikoltsiou, journalist and presenter at Alpha TV and Alumni Awards 2019 Ambassador Greece, said: ‘It is a great pleasure and an honour for me to be the Ambassador for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 in Greece. The opportunity to combine the merits and benefits of a free spirited, yet rigorous, education with exposure to an international life style and a great culture shaped by a spirit of openness and democracy, was indeed a unique one. I am confident that UK universities will remain a pillar of our civilised societies, giving to millions of students unique means and methods to serve their lives and the lives of others, and contribute to social causes as well.’
Find out more about the awards on the Study UK Alumni Awards website.
The finalists of the Alumni Awards 2019 were:
Professional Achievement Award
|Dr Alexandra Pentaraki
||King’s College London and University of Essex
|Dr Maria Sartzetaki
||University of Brighton and Kingston University
Social Impact Award
|Dr Spiros Kitsinelis
||University of Sheffield
||London Metropolitan University and University
||Middlesex University and The Open University
and University of Essex
Find out more about Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 finalists and judging panel in the ‘Downloads’ section below.