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Top Amsterdam Campus graduates win Tom & Mary Harrison prize!

Northumbria has established academic prizes with renowned multi-sector regional, national and international businesses and organisations. They are also generously donated by individuals including our alumni and friends of the University.

In addition to their degree, prizes provide students with valued recognition, celebrate their academic achievement and provide individual accolade to enhance an early career profile and employability.

Tom and Mary Harrison are delighted to support this pioneering prize to recognise academic achievement at Northumbria University’s Amsterdam campus. They both value the importance of the international study experience for students and these prizes look to celebrate the unique opportunity the new campus enables.

The ‘Tom and Mary Harrison Prize’ recognises and celebrates academic excellence by awarding two prizes annually for the ‘best students’ studying MSc Business with International Management and MSc Project Management.

Tom travelled internationally throughout his career, and through their own travel experiences they both recognise the transformative impact it can have. Tom is an alumnus of Northumbria University and strongly believes in giving back to his university, he also gives his time and expertise to Northumbria as a University Governor.

The 2019 recipients of the award, Anna-Lena Schotzki and Bonne van Weert, share what winning this prize what this means to them:

Studying the MSc Business with International Management course at Northumbria University Amsterdam has been a great experience! Not only did I manage to enhance my management skills and knowledge, essential for working in an international environment, but I also learned to further develop and detect personal competencies. Studying at Northumbria University is not only about science and learning processes, it’s also about the people. The people you engage with, who make this experience so unique. Personal and individual attention is one of its pillars. And eventually, management isn’t about getting things done, but to achieve goals together with the people you work with. As a perfect way to end this experience, I won the Tom & Mary Harrison prize for having the best dissertation of my study programme, with this focusing on the effect of service quality on brand image perception in the airline industry, comparing low-cost with conventional airlines.

Anna-Lena Schotzki (MSc Business with International Management, 2019)


After finishing my BA in International Business Administration I decided to apply to the MSc Project Management course at Northumbria University as the University provided the opportunity to receive a complete academic Masters degree in only 12 months, a period of time that many of us can spare to get higher up in our academic and professional careers. Since starting at Northumbria University I felt supported by all the professors in both my coursework as well as my professional development. Services such as the Business and Career Council made me feel like the University truly cared for the success of its students, something I had not experienced at my previous universities. During the course I wrote most of my research papers focused on risk management, which inherently led me to write my dissertation on the benefits and challenges of Big Data in Project Risk Management, a research topic for which I was ultimately awarded the Tom & Mary Harrison Prize as a result of having the best dissertation in on my course. Looking back at my experience at Northumbria University I can gladly say that I met many inspiring people, made great connections, and received the best possible support from both staff, professors, and my many of peers, all of which have prepared me to take on tomorrow.

Bonne van Weert (MSc Project Management, 2019)

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