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Nottingham Politics Alumna Emma Barnett wins Laureate Award

‘Through their diverse and dynamic activities all over the globe this special family of more than 200,000 people use their education to make an impact. They bring great credit to this University and we are rightly proud of them.’  – David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor


University of Nottingham Alumni are world-changing people and in June the University honoured a small selection of these outstanding individuals at an Alumni Laureate Award Ceremony. We were delighted when Emma Barnett – who graduated from Nottingham in 2006 (History and Politics) – was awarded one of only three ‘Recent Graduate Awards’.

Emma was commended for her outstanding promise and work in the media. In just a few short years since graduation she has gained national recognition at the leading edge of this fast moving and competitive field. Emma is the Digital Media Editor of the Daily Telegraph and winner of the Press Association’s Digital Journalist of the Year award for 2011. She has her own phone-in programme on LBC (for which she has been shortlisted as radio newcomer of the year), a television show on Sky and a monthly column in the Sunday Telegraph. She regularly reviews the newspapers on television.

In accepting her award, Emma acknowledged the part that Nottingham, and the School of Politics in particular, had played in her meteoric success. She insisted that it was while she was at Nottingham that she developed the skills and the experience and the confidence that have enabled her to achieve such spectacular success in what is such a cut-throat (and male-dominated) world. She even found her fiancée here!

Emma has been back to Nottingham to talk to our students about making their own way in journalism and she is a great supporter of the School. We are proud of Emma’s work in journalism and broadcasting and continue to follow with pride and interest a dazzling career. And we wish Emma and Jeremy every success in their new life together!

Lucy Sargisson

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