Bacchus Alumni Awards 2018 celebrate excellence of Hospitality graduates

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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The Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University celebrated the professional achievements of its worldwide community of graduates at the fourth annual Bacchus Alumni Awards on Monday 16 April.

The ceremony and celebratory dinner took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and was attended by 200 alumni, students and friends of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Augustus Lonsdale, President of the Bacchus Alumni Society said: “The Bacchus Awards ceremony has become a highlight in both the Oxford School of Hospitality Management’s calendar and that of the wider hospitality industry.

“Our alumni are our greatest ambassadors and they help shape the reputation of our School on the world stage.”

Angela Maher, Acting Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University added: “The annual Bacchus Alumni Awards allow us to celebrate the significant impact that our international community of graduates is having in the global hospitality and tourism industry.

The fact that so many graduates go on to achieve such huge success in their careers reflects the importance we place on developing students’ leadership and employability skills.

Angela Maher, Acting Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University

“The fact that so many graduates go on to achieve such huge success in their careers reflects the importance we place on developing students’ leadership and employability skills. Our strong relationships with industry further enhance our ability to offer extraordinary opportunities for our students and graduates, and have helped us build an incredibly strong international community of alumni and friends.”

This year’s winners are:

Bacchus Student Award

  • Lydia Staniforth, Bacchus Society President (undergraduate) and final year student at Oxford Brookes University

Rising Star Award

  • Will Rogers, Restaurant Manager, Berners Tavern at The London EDITION Hotel

Manager of the Year Award

  • Rupert Power, Managing Director, Sophie’s Steakhouse

Bacchus Mentor Award

  • Ciarán Fahy, Chief Executive Officer, Ellerman Hotel Company/The Ritz

Major Contribution to the Hospitality Industry Award

  • Dr Maureen Brookes, Reader and Teaching Fellow, Oxford Brookes University

Bacchus Special Award

  • Donald Sloan, Founder and Director, Oxford Cultural Collective (OCC)

This year also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Bacchus Mentoring Programme which provides senior industry mentors to over 200 students annually, many of whom are alumni of the School. A celebratory event was held in the afternoon ahead of the alumni awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

A full list of the shortlisted Bacchus Alumni Awards candidates can be found on the Oxford School of Hospitality Management news pages.

Hospitality courses at Oxford Brookes University were ranked 18th in the world in the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject. In recent years, the Oxford School of Hospitality has been ranked top in the UK for graduate employability (Guardian 2016) and one of the top three hospitality schools in the world (2016 Worldwide Hospitality Awards). 

Information about studying Hospitality at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the Oxford School of Hospitality Management webpages.

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