Paul was awarded Alumnus of the Year in 2009 in celebration of his professional cyclist career which culminating in a Team Pursuit Cycling Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With his team mates Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins, he reached the finals of the Team Pursuit competition in style, setting a new world record in their semi-final ride against Russia. In the final against the Danish team they then shaved a further two seconds off that time, overlapping their opponents in the process.
" Being made Alumnus of the Year, was a massive honour and something I will always be very proud of. Such recognition from the University made my Olympic achievements even more special as my time at the University gave me the platform and confidence to move forward with my athletic ambitions"
In addition to his Olympic gold, Paul also won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the World Championship title in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He was awarded the MBE in 2009.Since retiring from professional cycling after the Beijing Olympics, Paul has developed a successful career as a coach, working with the Womens’ endurance squad during a successful London Olympic campaign and, since 2013, responsible for Mens’ endurance performance for the GB cycling team.