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Student and Alumni Achievement Awards

Each year, The Open University Business School celebrates the exceptional achievements of our high calibre students and alumni.

The awards are held to commend the highest achieving students in the Faculty of Business and Law from the past academic year, and alumni members who have made an outstanding contribution to an organisation or society.

Meet our winners and find out about their OU stories. Congratulations to all of them!


The 2020/21 Student and Alumni Awards

Student of the Year Awards 2020 winners

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Janina Bethscheider

MBA Student of the Year 2020

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Keira Poland

MBA Dissertation of the Year 2020

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Dr Kate Hammond

MSc Human Resource Management, Student of the Year 2020

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Tanja Williams-Gaston

MSc Human Resource Management, Dissertation of the Year 2020

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Dr Antonio Jose Meireles Ribeiro

MSc Finance Student of the Year 2020

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Lloyd Morgan

MSc Finance Dissertation of the Year 2020

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Eve Grisenthwaite

BA (Honours) Leadership & Management Student of the Year 2020

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Bryan Steinauer 

BA (Honours) Business Management Student of the Year 2020

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Grant Cooper

Professional Certificate in Management Student of the Year 2020

My studies have already helped me secure a great new role and I am really proud of my MSc as I apply my knowledge on a daily basis and feel it is contributing positively to my organisation’s success.

Tanja Williams-Gaston
MSc Human Resource Management, Dissertation of the Year 2020

Alumni of the Year Achievement Awards 2021

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David Monk

Alumni of the Year 2021

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Ahmed El-Hamaky

Alumni of the Year Achievement Award - Highly Commended 2021

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Sara Vermeulen-Anastasi

Alumni of the Year Achievement Award - Highly Commended 2021

The MBA is recognised globally and will open up doors that you never knew existed. My qualification and study experience have helped me to achieve senior management positions in the NHS at a much earlier age than most of my peers. It has also led to a national clinical leadership position with the UKs leading first aid charity.

David Monk
Alumni of the Year 2021

The 2019/20 Student and Alumni Awards

Student of the Year Awards 2019 winners

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Timothy O’Donovan

MBA Student of the Year 2019

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Joe Finucane

MBA Dissertation of the Year 2019

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Melanie Robinson

MSc Human Resource Management Student of the Year and Dissertation of the Year

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John Gibson

MSc in Finance, Dissertation of the Year

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Lawrence Arnell

BA (Hons) Business Studies Student of the Year

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Kate Brookes

Professional Certificate in Accounting Student of the Year

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Rebecca Pooley

Professional Certificate in Management Student of the Year

If you're committed to changing your life by doing something you love, then study with the OU Business School. It's not just a qualification, it's a way of life. The skills you learn will be with you forever.

Melanie Robinson
MSc Human Resource Management Student of the Year and Dissertation of the Year 2019

Alumni of the Year Achievement Awards 2020

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Maggie Miller

Alumni of the Year 2020

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Mike Redford

Alumni of the Year Achievement Award - Highly Commended 2020

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Astrid Bessler

Alumni of the Year Achievement Award - Highly Commended 2020

Having left full-time education at 18, the OU MBA gave me the knowledge and confidence to build my career in multinational organisations in the UK and the US. I owe the OU a huge debt of gratitude for my success. Receiving this award makes me even more grateful to the incredible staff and academics of this organisation that I’m so proud to be associated with.

Maggie Miller
Alumni of the Year 2020

Meet the Student and Alumni award winners from our sister school The Open University Law School.