Young Alumnus Wins Critics' Choice at Brit Awards

The University of Glasgow's Young Alumnus of the Year, singer/songwriter Emeli Sande has won the critics' choice at the Brit Awards.  The 24 year old who attended the University of Glasgow between 2006 and 2009 and received an intercalcated degree in neuroscience, will be given her prize at the music awards ceremony in February next year.

Emeli has had major success this year with her singles Heaven and Daddy.  Her debut album Our Version of Events is due out in February. In addition to her solo career, Emeli has performed with artists including Professor Green, Chipmunk and Wiley, and has written material for Susan Boyle and Cheryl Cole. 

Professor Anton Muscatelli, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow said: “Everyone at the University of Glasgow is absolutely thrilled for Emeli. It is yet further evidence that this remarkably talented young woman, who is already a major star, is destined for even greater things in 2012.  We were delighted to award her the Young Alumnus title in November. She is a tremendous ambassador for the University of Glasgow and a real inspiration to others.”

The critics’ choice award represents the view of a panel of experts that she is the act most likely to achieve even greater success in 2012. Previous winners include Adele and Jessie J.


First published: 15 December 2011