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Virtual graduation for UNM


The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) will celebrate graduation through a virtual celebration on 24 February due to current physical distancing restrictions under the Malaysian Movement Control Order.

“Graduation is a special day for graduating cohort and their loved ones, and we have lined up a virtual celebration on social media to mark the day. This will be an opportunity for our graduands to celebrate their achievements within the UNM community of students, alumni, staff and their loved ones,” said UNM Registrar Patrick Joseph.

The February graduation will witness the graduation of 178 students from undergraduate and post graduate levels from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering.

The virtual celebration will begin with a video messages from The University of Nottingham Chancellor Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE and Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West. This will lead in with a speech by UNM’s Interim Provost and CEO Professor Sam Kingman.

Among the other congratulatory messages to the graduands are from the respective Head of Schools whose students are graduating this February 2021 and speeches from student representing the graduation cohort, Amberlicia Anthony Thane from Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology and Mohamad Fauzi Abraham from Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.

“Graduation is one of the highlights of our academic year as it is the culmination of hard work by those who are graduating. It is opportunity for us to showcase the achievements of our students,” said UNM Interim Provost and CEO Professor Sam Kingman.

“It is usually a celebration the entire UNM community looks forward to each year, with the current restrictions in place, we wanted to mark this occasion for our graduands and their loved ones in a special way through a virtual celebrations which includes messages from key people in the university.

“I encourage graduands to remain proud of their achievements even in the absence of a formal graduation at this point as nothing changes the fact that you now have a world class qualification and you are part of the 300,000 University of Nottingham alumni globally. We are also looking forward to hosting a formal graduation as soon as we are able to do so,” Professor Kingman added.

In conjunction with the graduation, it is customary to present the University’s Lord Dearing Award to staff, Vice Chancellor’s Medal for staff and student recipients, Nottingham Advantage Award for students and Alumni Laureate Awards 2020 to alumni.

Lord Dearing Award

The Lord Dearing Award is a prestigious award conferred to staff who have shown high levels of dedication towards enhancing the student learning experience. The 2019/2020 awards were given to the following individuals and teams:

 Individual staff:

  • Dr Benjamin Robin Barton (School of Politics, History and International Relations)
  • Dr Cristina Quintana Blanco (School of Media, Languages and Cultures)
  • Dr Michael Mustafa (Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) Malaysia)
  • Dr Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering)
  • Dr Wei Keong Too (School of Education)
  • Professor Chung Lim Law (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering)
  • Professor Sandy Hwei San Loh (School of Biosciences)


  • Centre for Academic Partnerships and Engagement (CAPE) led by Dr Rozilini Mary Fernandez-Chung (School of Education)
  • Web interactive tools in teaching project group led by Dr Ching Lik Hii (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering)

Vice Chancellor’s Medal

The Vice-Chancellor’s Medal recognises those who have delivered the most exceptional achievement or made the most outstanding contribution to our University community.

For colleagues in faculty and professional services, the Medal recognises impact delivered through research; exceptional teaching for students; and service to Nottingham’s communities at home and across the globe.

For our students, the Medal recognises personal achievements and service to fellow students including contributions to life in halls; student societies and sporting clubs; representation of the student body; or volunteering in the community.

The 2020 Vice Chancellor staff recipients areDr Aini Hamid, Amir Najib bin Rozlan, Dr Benjamin Barton and Dr. Ir. Teo Fang Yenn. Additionally, the team award recipients are The Microscope Outreach Team, awarded to Siti Nor Asma Binti Musa, Chong Zhi Xiong and Vanitha Singaram.

Meanwhile, the student recipients are Hasan Al-Akraa Mohamad, Geerthanaa Santhiran,   Muhammad Rehhahn Daniel Tudball, Sara Siddiqi, Yap Jing Ying, Apurav Krishna Koyande, Chia Shir Reen, Omar Ashraf ElFar, Wong Xin Yi, Amirah Qistina Hazrin, Nadia Nadine Mohamad Shaharul, Fatima Tayeb, Aiman Aqil Asri Afendi, Ankita Saigal, Yew Guo Yong, Mohammad Uqail bin Esa @ Mohamed Eddieham, Denesh Sooriamoorthy, Bernice Han Ziao En and Hawwa Nusaiba Mohamed.

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) programme is a module offered to all University of Nottingham undergraduate students to enhance their employability skills. Upon completion of the module, the NAA certification is also added to one’s degree certificate upon graduation. For this year’s Spring Graduation, seven students from UNM are set to graduate with the NAA certification. They are:

  • Sakti Jaiganeish E. Vennarajan (Biotechnology)
  • Khaled Mohammed Abdulqawi Farhan (Civil Engineering)
  • Chew Lee Kee (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • Ahmad Farhan Suzaki (International Relations)
  • Deepak Nishrint (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Ali Wail Ali Dafa Alla (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Razan Abdelaziz Elbashir Hassan (Finance, Accounting and Management)

Alumni Laureate Awards 2020

The prestigious Alumni Laureate Award was introduced to the University of Nottingham as a means to reward and honour the achievements made by University of Nottingham alumni who have made incredible contributions to their community, have created new avenues for their research and have put forth outstanding displays of creativity and leadership in their fields.

For the Alumni Laureate Award 2020, we have two members of the University of Nottingham Malaysia community receive this award in two categories:

Special Excellence Award

  • Professor Malachi Edwin Vethamani (PhD in English, 1996)

 Recent Graduate Award

  • Mathialagan Magendran (MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Management, 2014)


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.


Posted on 23rd February 2021

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