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Alumni of the Year 2022
Nathalie Agnew and Bjørn Hanson honoured with awards.
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We're delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year awards. 

These annual awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the University’s global community and showcase the value and impact of their Edinburgh Napier education. 

The Edinburgh Napier community was asked to nominate alumni who have shown excellence and distinction in their personal or professional lives and who have made a positive contribution to the University, their community and profession. 

The winners were selected by an award panel chaired by Geoffrey H. Day, Director of Marketing and External Relations, Edinburgh Napier University.

Meet this year’s winners:

Alumnus of the Year 2022 - Nathalie Agnew​


Nathalie graduated in 2005 with a BA in Communication Arts. She is the Founder and Managing Director of award-winning PR agency, Muckle Media.

The Alumni of the Year Award selection panel commented:    

“Nathalie embodies many of the values we talk so much about at ENU. She is entrepreneurial –starting what has become a thriving business from scratch and not only maintaining that through the pandemic but growing it. Her company is inclusive, innovative and professional, values that Nathalie herself lives every day. She is an inspiration and a role model for Edinburgh Napier students and alumni.” ​

Learn more about Nathalie here.

Young Alumnus of the Year 2022 – Bjørn Hanson 


Bjørn Hanson is a double Edinburgh Napier alumnus having graduated in 2020 with a Kino Eyes International Film Masters and again in 2021 with MFA in Advanced Film Practice. He is a producer and has worked in production in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Estonia. He recently produced the queer drama FLOAT for BBC Scotland, which won the award for Best Series in the Short Format competition at Series Mania 2022. 

The Alumni of the Year Award selection panel commented:    

“Bjørn is a talented, ambitious and entrepreneurial young film producer. In a short space of time through what started as a work experience placement he has gone on to secure a full-time position as a Producer within the company and is rapidly making a name for himself in the short film and low budget feature film community in Scotland. This is an amazing achievement in such a short time and a huge testament to Bjørn's talent and determination.  

Since graduating Bjørn has returned to ENU to support our students and has been an invaluable liaison between new Kino Eyes and existing postgraduate students. Bjørn is a role model for Edinburgh Napier students and alumni and we look forward to following and supporting his career.” 

Learn more about Bjørn here.​


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