This award recognises the alumni, aged 30 or under, who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduating from the University of East London and are likely to inspire the next generation of alumni.
Winner: Akesha Reid, BA English Literature with Creative and Professional Writing, 2013
“Our winner has been working in hair and beauty journalism since graduating from UEL and most recently she was the Digital Editor for Hairdressers Journal International, the leading trade title for Hairdressers in the UK and now works freelance across trade and consumer media with by-lines on sites like Refinery29 and Cosmopolitan, as well as consulting with salons and brands on their social media strategies. Straight after completing her degree she took on the role of Editorial assistant at a national magazine, and just two years after working in this role she was given the opportunity to take on the role of Editor, meaning she was an Editor of a National Magazine at just 22.
Winner: Abbie Nicholls, BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre & Performance, 2017
“Our winner opened her first performing arts school in Chelmsford, Essex with Jigsaw Performing Arts in 2018, and will be opening a second franchise soon. She continues to work as a drama practitioner alongside running her own business and also works with a company who offer performing arts education for young people with additional needs. She also takes part in community projects, which deliver performing arts workshops to adults with learning disabilities, choreographing for their annual shows.”