Jamie’s got the Golden Ticket: SU manager picks up top award


Date: 26th Apr 2017

Bucks Students' Union's Jamie Alexander has been named as Students' Union Events Manager of the Year in the 2017 Ents Forum awards

Jamie Alexander and awards' host DJ Scott Mills

The awards, now in its fifth year, celebrate the 'outstanding efforts' of Students' Union organisations and the staff working with them.

Jamie, who has worked in the Union for five years, said: "I was delighted to win this award. Everyone in the Union is committed to offering our students the best possible experience and it's great to receive recognition for the wide range of activities we offer through the Big Deal from club nights, live music to society events.''

The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts and were hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills (pictured left with Jamie Alexander) at Cardiff University Students' Union on 6 April.

The Ents Forum was created to bring Students' Union staff together to share and discuss all aspects of the bar and entertainment industry.

Noel Cornford, Business Development Manager at the SU, said Jamie exemplifies everything required of a manager in the industry.

He added: "Jamie graduated from Bucks with a Music Management & Artist Development degree and the top dissertation for the year. He slipped into the position of assistant events manager seamlessly, becoming a supportive and always reliable pair of hands very quickly. He is business-minded, intelligent, trustworthy and supportive.

"He's the kind of guy who never complains about the hours he works despite doing twice as many as everyone else, and the kind who will drop what he's doing to help you arrange something and still get everything done in time. He is so deserving of this recognition and we are glad to have his expertise at Bucks SU."

With the majority of Bucks events being run in-house, Jamie has successfully arranged Society takeovers and Sports events one night then full blown live music gigs and community projects the next.

One recent event was the Ramblin Roots Revue, a whole weekend of Americana music, food and drink at the award-winning Bucks Students' Union venue.

More than 1,000 music-lovers flocked to the festival to enjoy 24 live acts from the US and UK.

The next event, Bucks Blues Fest, will run on 30 June and 1 July and promises to be a 'must-see' for fans of blues and blues rock and is fully open to the public.

Artists confirmed for Bucks Blues Fest include Dr Feelgood, who have enjoyed global success, along with guitarist Bernie Marsden who has played in bands including UFO and Whitesnake. Ray Alexander from New York's jazz scene, and leader of The Hitman Blues Band & The New York City Horns Band, will perform with his band.

Tristan Tipping, Executive Officer for the SU, said: "It was great to open our doors to so many local people last weekend. Many weren't aware of the variety of entertainment we provide throughout the year including live music, club nights and comedy. We hope more locals will come and check out what we have on offer."

More information available at www.bucksstudentsunion.org