Loughborough Alumni


20 Mar 2018

Honorary Graduate joins three alumni for annual awards ceremony

Honorary Graduate, Ade Adepitan, recently worked alongside three Loughborough alumni to present the annual National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2018.

The NUE Awards were set up in 2010 as part of the company, Rate My Placement, founded by three alumni: Ali Lindsay, Oliver Sidwell and Chris Wickson. The company advertises placements to students and users are able to submit reviews of their placements, ready for other students to assess the opportunities available to them. The NUE Awards celebrate the achievements of all stakeholders in undergraduate employability.

This year’s awards were hosted in February by Ade Adepitan, and were compered by alumnus and Alumni Advisory Board member, Oliver Sidwell.

Ade gave an inspiring speech at the awards and shared his life journey. The audience were inspired by his story, having contracted polio in Nigeria when he was six months old, immigrating to East London at the age of three, and growing up in a society where disabled access and sport was not yet mainstream.

Ade gave his account of qualifying for the British Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Team, sharing his journey to a bronze medal in Athens in 2004. He also talked about the many rejections, the heartbreak and extraordinary perseverance that led him to the podium.

Compere, Oliver, was thrilled to share the stage with Ade:

"Ade is an inspiration and a wonderful character. As an honorary Loughborough graduate, it was wonderful to have him speak at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards, which were set up in 2010 by myself and two other Loughborough graduates to raise the awareness of and support student employability.”

Presenter, Ade, was thrilled to be involved with the awards ceremony:

"After receiving an honorary doctorate at Loughborough, and spending important years of my life training at the University with the GB wheelchair basketball team, I feel a great affinity with Loughborough University, and because of this connection it's an absolute pleasure to pass on my support, and share my experiences with fellow graduates. Even if they only remember one thing from my talk at the awards I hope it will help them achieve their dreams."

The alumni were very proud to invite Ade to their awards evening, and excited by the Loughborough presence on the night.

The alumni all graduated in 2007. Ali Lindsay studied Accounting & Financial Management, Oliver Sidwell graduated with a degree in Geography & Business Management and Chris Wickson has a degree in Management Science. Ade Adepitan was awarded his Honorary Degree by Loughborough University in 2006.

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