Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Awards

The Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Awards honour former students who have made an outstanding contribution in their field or to society.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Awards allow us to celebrate and recognise the many diverse achievements of our growing and vibrant alumni community – locally, nationally and across the world.

Awards are presented to former students 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.

Nominate yourself or someone you know for one or more of our awards. There are no restrictions on the number of nominations you can submit, and nominations can be made by graduates, staff, current students and other members of the community such as your relative, neighbour, friend or colleague.

Please provide a concise but detailed statement describing the qualities and contributions that make yourself or your nominee a worthy recipient of an award. The statement should accurately demonstrate how yours or their contribution has made a difference and why they should be publicly recognised.

The categories are:

The overall Vice-Chancellor’s Alumnus/Alumna of the Year is chosen from entries from the Alumni Achievement Award category.

The awards panel reserves the right to move a nomination into a different category if members feel it  better fits the criteria.

Winners will be invited to a celebratory dinner to receive their award and their success shared on our website and in our annual alumni magazine, Forever Surrey.

Nominate yourself or another Surrey or Battersea graduate

The Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Awards 2019 are now closed. Thank you for the many great nominations we  received this year  - find out who our winners are.


Alumni Achievement Award

Nominees should have made a significant impact in their field or to society within the last three years and received formal recognition from their peers and/or the community.

Successes may include research excellence and impact; leadership and innovation in industry or enterprise; achievements in the arts and humanities, charitable or humanitarian acts; and public service at national or international level. The overall Alumnus/Alumna of the Year will be chosen from this category.

Young Achiever Award

Nominees should be aged 35 or younger (at the time of nomination) and have demonstrated early career or community service achievements or displayed innovative practices in their field in the last three years and are an inspiring role model for students and young graduates.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominees should have accomplished a lifetime of outstanding contributions and achievement in one or more fields of endeavour, is recognised within her/his community or field as a strong leader and is an exemplary role model.

Outstanding Contribution to Society Award

This award recognises a graduate who has made an outstanding contribution to society over and above their normal working activities. They may be a mentor, volunteer or charity ambassador, giving of their time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. The award is aimed at identifying role models who inspire and motivate others and who demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for making a difference through their chosen cause, can show a clear and positive impact that has occurred as a direct result of their engagement and commitment and can provide examples of how their volunteering has had a significant impact on society.

Outstanding Contribution to Surrey Award

This award celebrates the outstanding efforts of our graduates and non-alumni who volunteer across the globe, giving their valuable time and expertise to support the University of Surrey. This may involve mentoring students, attending international student recruitment fairs, helping at Open Days, offering careers support, sitting on an advisory panel or supporting the University’s philanthropic ambitions. The recipient should show commitment and enthusiasm for the University’s mission, act as an ambassador to promote the institution and inspire students, staff or other alumni.