The Head of Science at the BBC has been awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Faculty of Life Sciences. The former University of Manchester graduate will return to the campus on Friday to receive the accolade at the graduation ceremony.
Andrew Cohen graduated from Manchester in 1994 with a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. Remembering his time at the university he says: “It was the passion with which the science was taught that really stuck with me during and after my degree. I’ve used a lot of what I learnt in physiology right through my career. Dame Nancy Rothwell was one of my lecturers and she made a great impression on me. I’ve enjoyed meeting her again in her role as the President and the Vice-Chancellor of the University and having the opportunity to contribute to the university.”
After graduating from Manchester Andrew went on to complete an MSc in Science and Communication from Imperial College London before joining the BBC.
During his career he’s produced hundreds of hours of network programming, including the award winning shows Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, and landmark series such as Inside the Human Body and Planet Dinosaur. He has also contributed to long-running stalwarts including Horizon and Tomorrow’s World.
In his current post Andrew manages a large team of executive producers and more than a hundred staff. He’s responsible for supplying content to a global audience, and one way he’s achieved this is by nurturing relationships with the broader scientific community and driving co-production partnerships with the US and China.
Away from television, he has co-authored books based on the Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe series with presenter Professor Brian Cox. The latter went on to become Sunday Times number one bestseller and secured a Galaxy Book Prize nomination.