The inaugural Bacchus Alumni Awards, held on the 30th March 2015 at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, marked the professional achievements of alumni of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University. Staged as part of the university’s 150th anniversary, the landmark occasion brought together nearly 300 graduates, students, staff and friends of the School.
The event was hosted by renowned actor, broadcaster and food writer Madhur Jaffrey CBE, who has had a long association with the Oxford School of Hospitality Management. She commented: “This has been a glorious evening of celebration. Alumni of the School follow such incredibly successful careers in all parts of the world, and these awards are our way of offering congratulations, and of communicating how proud we are of their achievements.”
From a range of shortlisted candidates, the winners of the 2015 Bacchus Awards were:
Bacchus Student Award: Vita Juniviciute and Dragos Dorobat (both final year undergraduates)
Bacchus Young Alumni Award: Holly Brown, General Manager with BaxterStorey
Bacchus Major Contribution to Hospitality Award: Tim West, Chairman, Elior
Bacchus Special Award: Lou Willcock, Director, Indicater
Ben McEwen, Chair of the Bacchus Society, spoke after the event: “There is a palpable sense of pride amongst alumni of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management. We belong to an exclusive community of professionals who support each other and who take pride in each others’ successes. I can already sense that the Bacchus Alumni Awards are going to strengthen the sense of belonging we all share.”
Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management commented: “My colleagues and I are incredibly proud of our graduates. Not only do they pursue exciting careers, they also give their time and energy to current students, providing perspectives that are not available in the academic environment. Their contributions are inspiring to future leaders of the hospitality industry”.
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management is known for the closeness of its relationships with industry and the employability of its graduates. Students are constantly exposed to the realities of industry, ensuring that upon graduation they are well placed to adjust to their new roles. The School is ranked top in the UK for graduate salaries and top for the proportion of alumni in managerial positions within six months of graduating. Initiatives such as the Bacchus Mentoring Programme, through which every student is assigned a formal industry mentor, further enhance graduates’ employability. There are currently over 150 senior industry figures contributing to the Bacchus Mentoring Programme.
The members of the judging panel for the 2015 Bacchus Awards were:
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Donald Sloan, Head of School, Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Madhur Jaffrey CBE, food writer, actor, and broadcaster
Julia Sibley OBE, Chief Executive, The Savoy Educational Trust
Lou Willcock, Managing Director, Indicater
The Bacchus Society is very grateful for the generous support of the following companies who made the Awards possible:
Headline sponsors – Caterer.com / Best Employers in Hospitality
Award category sponsors – Sodexo, The Restaurant Group
Venue sponsor – The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
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