Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Awards

The Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Awards celebrate and recognise the many diverse achievements of Surrey’s growing and vibrant alumni community – locally, nationally and across the world. Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open.

Awards are presented to graduates of the University of Surrey and our predecessor institution, Battersea College of Technology, who have made an outstanding contribution in their profession, through exemplary service to the University or the wider society, through service of a personal or humanitarian nature or through contributions to the arts, charities, business or academia.

Award categories

Alumnus/Alumna of the Year 

The award honours a highly exceptional alumnus or alumna who have made extraordinary professional or personal achievement. Nominees should be highly accomplished and recognised within their field as a strong leader, visionary or pioneer. They will have made an outstanding contribution in their chosen profession and demonstrated extraordinary service to the University, society, or the world.

Nominees successes may include research excellence and impact; leadership and innovation in industry or enterprise; achievements in the arts and humanities; contribution to society through professional endeavours; or public service at national or international level.

Outstanding Contribution to Society or Surrey 

The award recognises an alumnus or alumna who have unselfishly and generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and betterment of the world, community or the University of Surrey. This will be a charitable or humanitarian act, over and above their normal working activities either through the University or other voluntary organisations. They will inspire and motivate others, exhibiting a passion and enthusiasm for making a difference through their chosen cause.

Nominees may be mentors, volunteers or charity ambassadors – giving their time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. They should demonstrate a clear and positive impact that has occurred as a direct result of their engagement and commitment, providing examples of how their volunteering has had a significant impact on society or Surrey.

Young Achiever 

The award recognises an alumnus or alumna aged 35 or younger (at the time of nomination) who have demonstrated early career or community service achievements. They will be an emerging leader, either at work or in the community, and an inspiring role model for students and young graduates.

Nominees should have success in their chosen profession or voluntary achievements. They should display innovative practices in their field or have contributed to social change through their charitable work, in the last three years.

How to nominate

Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open so please submit your nomination.


Award winners

2020 winners

2019 winners

2018 winners

2016 winners