NCUK Alumnus Wins PIEoneer Award!


Liu Daming has won the International Alumni of the Year award at The PIEoneer Awards 2018! Shortlisted with three other graduates, Liu Daming won the award in London on Friday 7th September alongside Lancaster University graduate Tripti Maheshwari from India. He was accompanied by his fiancée Xin Xiaorong when accepting the award.

Liu Daming

After studying the International Foundation Year qualification at Can-Achieve Lanzhou, Liu Daming progressed to The University of Manchester where he is now in his final year of studying his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) when he was very young and at the age of seven he was told by doctors that he would only live for 12 years. Since then Liu Daming has defied the odds and has survived 11 major surgeries and dozens of fixation surgeries. To read more about his story please click here.

Lancaster University graduate and international student Tripti Maheshwari co-founded Student Circus after completing her degree. Student Circus is designed to help international students find jobs and over the last two years alone has had around 10,000 students use their services. An amazing feat in itself and an inspiring story of a success. It’s no wonder that the International Alumni of the Year award had two winners!


NCUK’s Market Development Director Georgina Jones and Regional Director Maria McKenna attended the PIEoneer Awards, with Georgina announcing the winner of the Marketing Campaign of the Year award that had been sponsored by NCUK. The category was filled with strong nominees but ultimately the winner of the award went to Education New Zealand so a big congratulations to them!

Partners of NCUK including the University of Kent‘s Dr Anthony Manning was shortlisted for the category of Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, the University of Bradford shortlisted for the category of Student Support Award and British Study Centres was shortlisted for the category of Language Educator of the Year.  The University of Kent and the University of Bradford are two of NCUK’s 16 Guaranteed Universities whilst British Study Centres currently has two centres with NCUK (British Study Centres London Hampstead and British Study Centres Ukraine).

Unibuddy (who have supported NCUK’s Ambassador scheme) and StudyPortals (who have supported NCUK with student prospects) were both shortlisted for the category of Digital Innovation of the Year (Technology).

A huge congratulations to StudyPortals who won the Digital Innovation of the Year (Technology) award. Commiserations to Unibuddy as well as the University of Kent, the University of Bradford and British Study Centres who unfortunately didn’t win awards this time. However NCUK is immensely proud of the achievements of all of our Partners and to be shortlisted among such tough competition should be highly commended.

NCUK's Maria McKenna with British Study Centres' Steve Phillips

NCUK's Maria McKenna with British Study Centres' Steve Phillips

The PIE News has such a global reach across the international education sector. It’s no surprise that the PIEoneer Awards has grown so much in just two years. With such a diverse set of awards and nominees, NCUK is so proud of our alumnus and The University of Manchester student, Liu Daming, in being the joint winner of Alumni of the Year award. It meant so much to him, too. Yet in his typical style, Liu was much more interested in finding out more about fellow winner Tripti Maheshwari and her jobs and internship portal for international students. Congratulations to them both.

Georgina Jones, NCUK Market Development Director

NCUK Alumnus & PIEoneer Awards winner Liu Daming with NCUK's Georgina Jones

NCUK Alumnus & PIEoneer Awards winner Liu Daming with NCUK's Georgina Jones

Note: NCUK is a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide through their range of pre-university, undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications.

Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain access to leading universities and our track record is something that we’re extremely proud of!

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