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The inaugural Young Leaders Awards event was held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London, on November 4 2015, and celebrated the talent and achievements of under-30s in Britain’s Universities. By general acclaim, it was a massive success.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be no YLA event in 2016. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Oh what a night!


Organised by the team behind market-leading website and magazine University Business, Young Leaders attracted a glittering array of movers and shakers from the Higher Education sector. They witnessed a thrilling and emotional evening, as winners were announced from shortlists of three in a variety of categories, from Digital Trailblazer to Nifty Networker. But, as the judging panel and compere on the night Professor David Russell acknowledged, everyone was a winner, such was the high standard of entries.

Read more about Young Leaders Awards 2015 here


Digital Trailblazer
Daniel Wilson

IT Service Development Manager
University of Sunderland

Daniel started working with the University of Sunderland’s IT Services department in October 2003 as a Modern Apprentice, before moving into the role of Systems Administrator, and then Systems Manager. Today he is running a team of staff as IT Service Development Manager. During this time Daniel has gained a First in BSc Computer Studies.

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Nifty Networker
Elizabeth Granger

Young Scientist Centre Manager
University of Central Lancashire

Liz joined the team in Jan 2014, directly after completion of her PhD in Cell Biology. Within six months she'd developed a partnership with the Royal Institution (RI) and coordinated the construction of a purpose-built outreach laboratory – the Young Scientist Centre, the first outside of the RI HQ in London. Since then, she has developed collaborations with an extensive list of businesses, professional bodies, educators and academics, in both sponsorship and partnership arrangements

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Marketing Magician
Amy Cory

Formerly Multimedia News Officer
University of Leicester

Amy’s work for the historic reinterment of Richard III was invaluable, both to the University and members of the Richard III partnership involving Leicester Cathedral, the city, and county councils. For the University, Amy was instrumental in completing the story of Richard III across print and digital platforms. In the two weeks leading up to the reinterment, she prepared a number of tweets retelling the history of the University’s discovery. This involved a mixture of images, videos, quotes and links to news items.

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Admin Angel
Lucy Sanderson

Enterprise Administrator
Lancaster University

Lucy joined a newly formed team within Lancaster University in November 2013 to work on a groundbreaking £32m project to support cities across England establish new business growth hubs and create over 2,500 new private sector jobs. Recruited as an administrator in the Secretariat to manage the public funding for this scheme, she hit the ground running and from day one was communicating with local authorities across the country answering questions on how they could apply for funds.

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People Pioneer
Amy Wilkinson

Housekeeping and Cleaning Services Manager
Durham University

Amy’s accomplishments in her role to date have been numerous, from ensuring team members are performing their duties to consistently high standards and are being recognised for the work they undertake, to liaising with stakeholders across the University estate to manage their expectations and ensure the team meets the ever-changing business needs. Amy has embraced this with enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication and has been recognised for the positive impact and evident improvements across the University.

Sustainability Champion
Alexander Clark

Environmental Coordinator
The University of Manchester

Alex works tirelessly to develop initiatives which engage with people on all levels, inside and outside of the University. Since joining Manchester in 2009, Alex has shown an unwavering dedication and commitment to the issues surrounding energy conservation and sustainability. He has implemented a number of challenging new initiatives leading to significant reductions in waste, energy consumption and improved awareness amongst staff and students.

People’s Choice
Ian Moody

International Regional Development Manager
University of Sunderland

Ian Moody entered the role of International National Region Development Manager at an extremely challenging time for universities entering the overseas market. Tasked with expanding and stabilising the University of Sunderland’s Middle East and African markets, Ian developed relationships with local agents and colleges, gained a deep understanding of the market, and was instrumental in creating new income streams and bringing stability and growth to this key area of international recruitment.

Read more here


A huge thanks to those organisations and people who made Young Leaders Awards possible.


“Marketing Magician award is an opportunity for us to recognise the courage, energy and dedication of some of our emerging marketing superstars”
Tim Daplyn, Managing Director


“Networking is a key skill to successful leadership, because it’s all about your ability to meet the right people, and make a good impression on them. Henry Ford’s first company went bust, but he had made such an impression that one of his three investors went on to back his next company.
At Future Finance, we help the young leader of tomorrow reach their potential by funding education. But it’s up to everyone here to make others see their potential.”
Brian Norton CEO, Future Finance


“Future innovation in HE business models, student experience, teaching and research can’t just come from the incumbents. We need to recognise, retain and inspire the next generation of leaders, hard at work building careers and achieving extraordinary things, right now. The Young Leaders awards will support this aim and as long term partners to the UK HE sector, we’re proud to be a part of this important and exciting event.”
Paul Marshall, Group Business Development Director, UPP Group.


“Campus Living Villages’ not for profit entity, CLV Communities, is honoured to be associated with the inaugural Young Leaders awards and the People Pioneer category. Our business is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the wellbeing of young adults throughout their time as students in higher education. The People Pioneer award reflects these values and our ongoing commitment to help students, young adults, local communities and our own employees to all live, learn and grow.”
Nicky Sampson, Chair of CLV Communities


University Business celebrated its tenth birthday in 2015 and remains a central resource for professionals working within the university commercial and management sectors. The magazine and website are recognised as the valued voice within higher education


Education Technology (ET) is the trusted voice of ICT in education. With a bi-monthly magazine and interactive website, ET covers the latest news and innovations in technology for the whole education sector, including primary and secondary schools and further and higher education.


"The Unite Foundation works to raise aspirations of young people who otherwise might not get to university. We’re proud to support the Young Leaders Awards who want to recognise the dedication and inspiration many young people bring to their roles in the HE sector, and in turn help raise aspirations for their peers and other future leaders."
Jenny Shaw, Unite Foundation, Chair


“We are delighted to be supporting an event which celebrates the very many talented young professionals who play such an important role in making UK universities the global success that they are. The awards will put the achievement of young leaders in the spotlight and will inspire even more talent to see a career in higher education as part of their professional future”
Smita Jamdar, Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau


“We believe in promoting, developing and building young talent and leaders to have a voice in business and become active creators in our own and in our clients future products and services”
David Russell, Chairman of Russell Partnership


“Campuslife work with a number of universities who are reaping the rewards of having enthusiastic and innovative under 30’s working in their department. Some of the best and most effective work we have seen produced has been led by these young leaders employed by these departments. That’s why we’re hugely proud to support the University Business Young Leaders Award".
Simon Horniblow, Managing Director, Campuslife


UHS is a limited company belonging to academic institutions in the United Kingdom. It provides training and professional development courses that are bespoke and specific to the needs of the university hospitality sector and which are provided at best value on a not for profit basis.


A selection of quotes from those who attended Young Leaders Awards 2015

“One of the best events I have attended in years... I am sure it will become the ‘must attend’ activity in the future… expect a much greater interest next year”
Pat McGrath, UHS

“I really enjoyed the event. I thought it was a brilliant atmosphere”
Felicity Cowie, Unite

“Thanks again for last night. Congratulations to you and all the team”
Dan Brownsword, responsible for Student Accommodation at David Phillips

“A great night at @UB_UK Young Leaders Gala, @FutureFinanceLC proud to support amazing Elizabeth”
Brian Norton, CEO of Future Finance and sponsor of Nifty Networker

“Thanks to all the team at Wildfire Publishing for making all the guests feel incredibly welcome and for putting on such a powerful and important event”
Marcus Cauchi, Sandler Training

“I believe higher education sometimes doesn’t get the recognition it fully deserves, but these awards are a stepping-stone to address this unbalance”
Ian Moody, award winner

“I was absolutely delighted to receive the award on what was a fantastically orchestrated evening… well done to Wildfire Comms!”
Lucy Sanderson, award winner

“I thought the organisation in the run up to the event was very good and on the night I heard nothing but positive comments from attendees”
Melanie Loizou, judge


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