Saturday, 18 June 2016

Nottingham Award Winners!

Some of Nottingham's recent award winners...

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Many wonderful stories in the "Nottingham Post Heroes Awards 2016"

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Amanda Ogelsby - NCT Driver of the Year, 2015
"Amanda has been a driver for Nottingham City Transport for 2.5 years and qualified for the Driver of the Year competition after winning the Seasonal Driver Award earlier in the year. Along with her fellow finalists – Terry Bell, Nick Hill and Gary Slater – Amanda was assessed by mystery travellers over a number of journeys, and had demonstrated exceptional driving skills, route knowledge and a consistently high level of customer service."

In recognition of Amanda's skills, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, has officially unveiled the ‘Amanda Ogelsby Bus’, naming bus 334 in honour of 27-year-old Amanda from Cotgrave.

Nottingham City Transport Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith commented that “Not only is [Amanda] an incredibly skillful driver with outstanding knowledge of many routes on our network, she’s also a very warm and friendly person who genuinely cares about the wellbeing of her passengers. She’s received several commendations from customers over the years, and she’s highly thought of by her managers and colleagues.”(link)

The Amanda Ogelsby Bus!

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2016 Nursing Times Award Winners
The University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences has won its biggest ever number of awards at the 2016 Nursing Times Student Nurse Awards. As well as The School itself winning "Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration)", three of its students won in individual categories. Now in its 5th year, the 2016 event saw a record number of entries, with 163 finalists shortlisted and 17 winners.(link)

MSc Advanced Nursing student Aquiline Chivinge won the Learner of the Year: Post-registration.
Final year BSc Nursing student Craig Bell won the Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities.
Jodie Shaw, a final year Adult BSc Nursing student, won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs

The UoN Medical School

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Architect Laura Highton shortlisted for 2014 Rising Star Award
Laura Highton runs Purcell’s Nottingham studio, which she founded in January 2013. Since opening the studio, Highton has brought in 20 new projects, which was recognised by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, which gave her its 2014 Rising Star Award.(link)

Restoration of Nottingham Castle is one of the projects Laura was invovled in

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Chinook Sciences wins IET Innovation Award 2015
"The IET award for the year’s most outstanding innovation in Power and Energy recognises Chinook’s achievement in successfully developing and deploying the latest generation of its proprietary technology at a bio-energy plant in Oldbury, West Midlands."(link)

Chinook Sciences collect their award

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Human Rights Lawyer Usha Sood wins lifetime achievement award
A lifetime achievement award was given to Nottingham based Human rights barrister Usha Sood at the 2016 Awards Evening of Nottingham Social Action Group Himmah.

Her biography at Trent Chambers comments that:

"Usha has always been at the heart of community matters across the Midlands and offers support to numerous charitable and public interest cases. She also combined this with an academic career as Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Trent University.

Usha has numerous specialist areas including work on child abduction cases, dowry recovery, human rights, child and human trafficking, public law cases, and international family and civil law litigation."
Meanwhile, a Huffington Post interview (which you really should read in its entirety) goes into detail about a number of the cases that Usha has taken on.

Usha Sood

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Jamal Sterrett - Young Creative of the Year 2015
Jamal, an 18-year-old student at New College Nottingham, was crowned ‘The Nottingham Young Creative of the Year’ - and also nabbed the prize for Graphic Design 16-18 year old category and top spot in the Dance category for the same age group (link)

You can see his graphic design poster here and an example of his dance here.

Jamal Sterrett and his award

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Nottingham City Council takes 2015 Employee Benefits Prize
Nottingham City Council beat the likes of BMW, Arup and HSBC to win the 2015 Personnel Today Awards in the Employee Benefits category.

Nottingham City Council employs 7,000 staff and needed to deliver exceptional benefits to help attract, recruit, retain and develop talented employees; but at no cost to the Council. To do this the Council focused on : improving employee engagement and wellbeing to create an engaged and healthy workforce; making workplace savings to help reduce the budget shortfall; attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining talent; and increasing the number of 16 to 24-year-olds employed.

Achievements included substantial savings from annual leave purchase (more than £1.7 million in salary and NI savings since 2012) and the new Carplus scheme; and more than £730,000 in total savings in 2014 - while sickness levels have fallen by 10%. (link)

Nottingham Council also won an award for their Youth Employment Initiative, which has been adopted as a model of best practice for the Skills Funding Agency.br />
Loxley House, Nottingham

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Winner of BBC Young Musician 2016


Seventeen-year-old Sheku attends Trinity Catholic Comprehensive School in Nottingham. He holds the ABRSM Junior Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, where he studies cello with Ben Davies. Sheku plays in the Chineke! Orchestra, as well as the JRAM Symphony Orchestra. He plays chamber music with the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio and the Ash String Trio(link)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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Simon Starling at Nottingham Contemptorary
Nottingham Green Festival 2015
BGS Open Day 2015

Image Sources
Nottingham Castle, Amanda Ogelsby, UoN Medical School, Chinook Sciences, Jamal Sterrett, Loxley House, Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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