Alumni Awards

UNSW Alumni Awards

2017 UNSW Alumni Awards Nominations closed on 24 February

NOMINATIONS CLOSED

Every year we formally recognise graduates, both in Australia and overseas, who have achieved distinction in their field of endeavour. The UNSW Alumni Awards for Achievement are given in recognition of alumni who have outstanding professional achievements, made outstanding contributions to the community, demonstrated exceptional leadership in their field of endeavour, or evidence of civic, cultural and charitable or volunteer involvement.

The awards highlight the contributions made by the recipients in the areas of the arts and culture, business and innovation, design, engineering and sustainability, medicine and health, social impact and public policy, science and technology, sports and sports administration. International alumni and young alumni are also recognised in these awards.

2017 Applications close 24 February. You can find a record of previous winners here.

About the awards

We present the Alumni Awards annually. The awards are based on merit and are not limited or extended to one per category. The number of awards may vary from year to year. All alumni, staff and the community-at-large are encouraged to nominate candidates who fulfil the requirements and whom they believe should be considered.

Award categories and criteria

There are nine categories that alumni may be nominated for.

Recipients in the categories of Arts & Culture, Business & Innovation, Design, Engineering & Sustainability, Medicine & Health, Social Impact & Public Policy, Science & Technology, Sports & Sports Administration must exemplify outstanding achievements that have earned them national or international prominence, or have been entrepreneurs and innovators in business, government or academia in the category for which they are nominated. 

The International Alumni Volunteer Award recognises the remarkable contribution of alumni who are currently living and working overseas; have supported graduating students returning home, assisted to enhance the reputation of UNSW in their region, and made a significant contribution to the wider alumni community. 

The Young Alumni Award is presented to a graduate who is under 35 years of age at the time of nomination and who has distinguished themselves nationally or internationally for their excellent and sustained contributions and achievements in their chosen fields, exemplified the best attributes of youth in today’s world, demonstrated outstanding professional achievements since graduating from UNSW and are likely to inspire the next generation of young alumni or their community through their leadership abilities.

Who is eligible?

Any UNSW Australia alumnus is eligible to be nominated (an alumnus is any person who has received a degree from UNSW). A UNSW alumnus may not nominate themselves and current UNSW Australia staff are not eligible for nomination.

How are winners selected?

A selection committee comprising representatives of the UNSW Alumni Advisory Committee and the University will review all nominations and make recommendations to the Chancellor and President and Vice-Chancellor.

The selection panel will particularly look for individuals who have outstanding professional achievements, made outstanding contributions to the community, demonstrated exceptional leadership in their field of endeavour, or evidence of civic, cultural and charitable involvement.

Awards presentation

Successful nominees are advised in writing by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor and the awards are presented at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner hosted by the Chancellor and President and Vice-Chancellor on behalf of UNSW Sydney.

For any further information please contact the UNSW Alumni & Engagement Office.

Ph: +61 2 9385 3279 
Fax: +61 2 9385 3278 
alumni@unsw.edu.au