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UNSW Alumni Awards

UNSW Alumni Awards

Our alumni are one of UNSW’s greatest continuing achievements. Every year we look forward to recognising the dedication of our graduates who make a profound impact here and around the globe. 

These exceptional alumni come from all walks of life and represent the values we embrace at UNSW – demonstrating excellence and respect, driving innovation, embracing diversity, and building collaboration.

Nominations for the 2023 Alumni Awards are now closed. We look forward to sharing the winners with you later this year. Read more about our past winners here.


Award Categories and Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

The UNSW Alumni Awards program is an exciting opportunity for the UNSW community to discover and recognise the dreamers, leaders and trailblazers within our alumni community. For all categories, preference is given to nominees whose work, whether professional or volunteer, demonstrates a significant positive impact that has been felt by many. Nominations should refer to evidence of achievements and their impact. 

As a university committed to diversity and inclusivity, we encourage you to consider remarkable graduates from a broad range of backgrounds. 

2023 Categories

Art and Culture

Recognising alumni who have made positive contributions to society and the arts through design, creative and cultural disciplines.

  • The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the arts and/or humanities  

  • The nominee has enriched their community's cultural offering and reputation, whether through the fine arts, entertainment, artisanship, or other related disciplines

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Recognising visionary alumni who are forward-thinking leaders in their industry, profession, or area of expertise.

  • The nominee demonstrates the ability to recognise, and act upon, opportunities and works to promote and facilitate innovation in industry 

  • The nominee demonstrates the importance of entrepreneurship to effect positive change 

Professional Achievement 

Recognising outstanding alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen field or profession, including but not limited to industry, government and sport.

  • The nominee has achieved sustained success over their career that is noteworthy and exceptional 

  • The nominee has contributed significantly to the growth, reach or impact of their industry or profession 

Research and Teaching Achievement 

Recognising the work of alumni whose research and/or teaching has produced innovative new solutions and significantly advanced knowledge and practice in their field.

  • The nominee demonstrates excellence in research and/or teaching, leading to the advancement of knowledge in their own fields, discoveries with significant impact on society, and the engagement of students in the process 

  • The nominee is a leader in their field, as recognised by their peers 

Social Impact and Service

Recognising alumni who are making a tangible difference to people’s lives, the environment, or the world through their organisation, volunteering or other service to the community.

  • The nominee has made a significant positive impact to the social, economic, political and/or environmental challenges facing communities

  • The nominee has dedicated their time to advocate on social issues and generate positive social change 

Young Alumni Award

Recognising outstanding alumni aged 35 or younger who have achieved significant success or impact in a short career span.

  • The nominee’s work and/or contribution in their community is likely to be an inspiration to the next generation of graduates and the community at large 

  • The nominee demonstrates leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteering, community or professional work which is extraordinary for their age 

How to Nominate

Nomination Process

You can make your nomination using the online form below.






  • Any UNSW graduate is eligible to be nominated

  • Posthumous nominations are accepted

  • A UNSW graduate may not nominate themselves

  • Current UNSW staff (even if alumni) are not eligible for nomination 

  • Young Alumni nominees must be aged 35 years or younger at the close of the nomination period 


Nomination Guidelines


  • Nominations for Alumni Awards may be submitted by anyone including alumni, staff, students and members of the wider community

  • Nominations can be supported by a second person if deemed relevant 

  • The nominator and seconder are invited to provide supporting evidence (optional) 


Judging Process


  • Members of the Alumni Awards Committee review all nominations, then meet together to assess as a group and agree on the winners 

  • The Committee is made up of UNSW graduates from multiple faculties, representing a diverse range of ages, professional experience, and cultural backgrounds 

  • The Committee has a focus on inclusivity, diversity and fair representation of our alumni cohort when considering nominations 

  • The number of awards may vary from year to year and the Alumni Awards Committee reserves the right to make no award in a particular year 

  • The decision of the Alumni Awards Committee will be final and conclusive, no correspondence regarding decisions will be entered into 


UNSW Disclaimer


All information provided in the nomination forms will be verified by the University prior to the presentation of candidates to the Alumni Awards Committee.


Alumni Awards FAQs

Can I nominate someone for more than one Alumni Award category?
Yes, nominations will be accepted for the same graduate across different categories in the same year.

Can I nominate myself for an Alumni Award?
No, unfortunately the nomination cannot come from the nominee themself. 
Can I nominate someone who has previously been nominated?
Yes, you may nominate someone who has been previously nominated. Previous winners however are not eligible.

Can I nominate a UNSW staff member?
No, unfortunately UNSW staff can not be nominated and are not eligible.
What should the Statement of Support include?
The Statement of Support should clearly state why the nominee should be considered for the selected Alumni Award category. You may wish to include examples of their work.

When will winners be announced to the public?
Winners will be announced in August 2023.

Who chooses the winners?
The Alumni Awards Committee, comprising of representatives from the UNSW alumni community, will review all nominations and choose the winners.