Guardian development award for Brookes Alumnus

Tuesday, 03 December 2013


An Honorary Graduate and former student of Oxford Brookes has been awarded a prestigious International Development Achievement accolade.

David Constantine received the award from the Guardian for his work helping disabled people in developing countries.

In 1991 he set up Motivation, an international development charity supporting people with mobility disabilities, with fellow Oxford Brookes alumnus and Honorary Graduate Richard Frost.

In the nomination for the award, Rupert Ridge who has worked closely with David, commented: "Not only has David transformed – and sometimes saved – the lives of hundreds of thousands of disabled people living in poverty, through his work with Motivation, but he has also been an inspiration to many thousands more, the world over."

David Constantine was awarded an honorary degree in 2006 and initially came to Oxford Brookes in 1983 to study for a degree in computing.

Professor Janet Beer, Pro Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, commented: "Motivation are doing great things to support disabled people in developing countries and it is entirely fitting that they have been recognised by the Guardian.

"David’s achievements perfectly embody the qualities of so many of our students who go on to improve the human condition locally, nationally and internationally. We continue to be proud of his hard work and generosity of spirit which serve as an inspiration for our students."

Further information on David’s award can be read on the Guardian website. Find out more about Motivation via their dedicated website.