School of Business and Economics


26 Feb 2015

Celebrating the best of research, teaching and student excellence

Ian Stopps and graduate Andrew Fisher (of Shazam).

The third SBE Awards Dinner was held last night at the Sir Denis Rooke building on campus, with more than 150 people in attendance, in recognition of and to celebrate the outstanding contributions and excellence achieved by a select group of students, graduates and staff.

This year’s award recipients included three Distinguished Alumni of the School:

  • Nick Bunker, CEO of KP Snacks
  • Andrew Fisher, Executive Chairman of Shazam; and
  • Paul Philpott, President & CEO of Kia Motors, UK & Ireland

With staff awards going to outstanding academic and support contributions for Professor Neil Doherty and Sue Cotton respectively, as well as a first-ever award for Impact on Practice, which was awarded to Cathy Hart for her exemplary, high-profile research on the Future of the High Street. Additionally awards recognising the School's preeminent staff went to:

  • Professor Jiyin Liu, for Researcher of the Year
  • Dr Brian Searle, for Teacher of the Year
  • Dr Rupal Rana, for Early Career Researcher of the Year
  • Dr Amanda Berry, for Early Career Teacher of the Year (1)
  • Dr Alex Wilson, for Early Career Teacher of the Year (2)

Awards were also presented to a group of truly outstanding students and a recent MBA graduate: for excellence in academic achievement (to Thomas Harrison and Abbie Robus), student enterprise (to Helen Ots), student employability (to Charles Kay); doctoral student of the year (to Michael Mortenson) and the award for the Santander Universities MBA Prize 2014 was presented to graduate Claire Bellamy.

The evening was MC'd by Professor Alistair Cheyne with a brilliant keynote speech by alumnus Richard Hill on 'Reflections of Leadership', which included several inspiring sports and thespian analogies of leading teams of people successfully.

A higlight of the evening included the inaugural viewing of the first-ever short film by the SBE called 'Let's Talk Business', created with local creative company Affixxius Films, which was received with great interest. 

A wonderful and inspiring night, the 2015 SBE Awards Dinner will be remembered not only for the many awards but also for the superb legacy that the School's students and staff have built through sheer graft and academic brilliance. 

To contact our Publicity Team, please email Ondine Barry on or call +44 (0)1509 228849.