Each year, the GDST run the Alumna of the Year Award. This helps recognise the many varied achievements of our alumnae. The winner is voted for both by alumnae and students, from a shortlist of nominees sent in by each GDST school. The winner is interviewed for the alumnae magazine, Verve, and is awarded £500 as a donation to a charity of their choice.
Our students nominate alumnae for this award and for 2015, two of their nominations were in the shortlist. They were Gemma Mortensen, Executive Director of Crisis Action and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience at UCL. For 2016, we nominated Jessica Glover who is Head, Talent and Capability at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and formerly the Deputy Ambassador to Poland plus Eva Loeffler – Daughter of the Founder of the Paralympic Games and the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Mayor of the London 2012 Olympics Paralympic Village.
All alumnae nominated deserve recognition for the following areas:
- Championing a charitable cause
- Achieving outstanding academic or professional success
- Driving environmental or social change
- Being a pioneer or achieving success in a challenging field
- Being an inspiration to women or young people