Alumna of the Year 2021

Nominations for the GDST Alumna of the Year Award are now closed!

The judging panel will be meeting to shortlist finalists and voting will open on the 21st April.

Recognising achievements

The Alumna of the Year award was launched in 2011 to recognise the many varied achievements of our alumnae. All staff, students and alumnae are encouraged to submit nominations for the award.

The winner will be interviewed for the alumnae magazine, GDST Girl for Life, and is awarded £500 to donate to a charity of their choice.



Candidates will be recognised based on the below criteria:

  • 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

Previous winners include:

2020 – Louisa Blake, Birkenhead High School Academy, Founder of social initiative Looby Lou’s Lovely lunches

2019 – Olivia Colman CBE, Norwich High School, Oscar and BAFTA-winning actor

2018 – Dr Nirupa Murugaesu, Notting Hill & Ealing High School, Clinical Lead for Molecular Oncology at Genomics England

2017 – Dame Cressida Dick DBE, Oxford High School, the Met’s first female Commissioner


Terms and conditions:

The nominated alumna must be over the age of 18

The award is only open to living alumnae

The nominator must have the consent of the alumna being nominated and permission to provide their email address to the GDST

The nominee must agree that if they are successful in being shortlisted they consent to publicity relating to the award

The nominee must have attended a GDST school   

Nominations for active serving politicians at international, national or local level will only be considered under very exceptional circumstances. In addition, nominations of alumnae who are current members of GDST staff are not eligible.

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