Alumna of the Year

We are delighted and very proud to announce that Notting Hill & Ealing High School’s Dr Nirupa Murugaesu (NHEHS 1995) has been voted this year’s GDST Alumna of the Year.

Nirupa is the Clinical Lead for Molecular Oncology at Genomics England. She provides clinical leadership and oversight of the Cancer Programme for The 100,000 Genomes Project, the groundbreaking genome sequencing project – set up to harness the power of genomics in the treatment of rare diseases and cancers. The project involves sequencing the DNA codes of cancer patients, in order to be able to provide better, earlier diagnoses and personal care for sufferers. The project is transforming cancer care throughout the NHS.

Votes were cast by the whole GDST family of students, their parents, staff and alumnae. Nirupa was presented with her award by the Chair of the Council of the GDST Juliet Humphries at the annual reception following the GDST Summit on 13 June. On receiving her award Nirupa said ”I want to acknowledge the GDST for showcasing the talents of its Alumnae across such a variety of fields. This can only inspire current students to set their aspirations high.” She also thanked “ …inspiring teachers and incredible colleagues for their brilliant support.”

Nirupa with Matthew Shoults, Head, NHEHS and Juliet Humphries Chair of Council, GDST

Other nominees for the award were
Composer Anna Appleby, (Newcastle High School for Girls), writer, broadcaster, and barrister Afua Hirsch (Wimbledon High School), Professor Bettany Hughes award-winning historian, author and broadcaster (Notting Hill and Ealing High School) journalist, Alexandra King, (Nottingham Girls’ High School), Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, (Shrewsbury High School), Lawyer Sonali Naik, (Birkenhead High School Academy) and Dr Helen Scales writer, presenter and marine biologist (Sutton High School.)

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