The 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.
To mark our 50th anniversary year, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Max Lu, introduced new awards to further recognise the tremendous impact our alumni have around the world.
The categories are:
- Alumni Achievement Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Young Achiever Award
- Volunteer of the Year
The overall Vice-Chancellor’s Alumnus/Alumna of the Year is chosen from the Alumni Achievement Award category.
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 graduate
Nominations for the 2018 awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a Surrey graduate – we had a fantastic response, with have over 140 applications. Find out who our winners are for 2018.
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 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.
Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year will be chosen by the Vice-Chancellor to celebrate a graduate or nonalumnus who has made an ongoing commitment to the University of Surrey in pro bono capacity, and has shown commitment and enthusiasm for the University’s mission; acts as an ambassador to promote the institution; and inspires students, staff or other alumni.
Last year's winners
Odaline de la Martinez
"I chose Surrey because of Reginald Smith Brindle, who was a professor, a composer and a well-known writer about contemporary music across the…
Dr Lina Fahmi Hammad
Dr Hammad graduated with an MSc Medical Physics 1983 and is Dean at Princess Nourah University, the only female university in Saudi Arabia.…
Y Gavriel Ansara
Gávi graduated from the University of Surrey with both an MSc and PhD in Psychology. He is internationally recognised as a leading scholar on…
Dr Kathleen McGuire
Kathleen, who graduated with a Masters in Music in 1995, has enjoyed more than three decades of music-making in six countries, working with…
Dance and Culture
I chose Surrey for the breadth of skills it offered beyond performance, such as project management, marketing and fundraising, and the second…
Kanayo graduated from Surrey with a BSc in Psychology in 2015. She is Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Edenham High School in Croydon and teaches…
Lee graduated from Surrey with a BMus in 2007 and has made a significant impact as a conductor for leading orchestras and institutions,…
Dr Tao Wang
"I had the opportunity to meet many peers from around the world, communicate with them and discuss scientific questions, and, working…
Physics graduate Janet Preston studied at Surrey in the 1970s and met her husband, Mark, a fellow physics student, in her final year. Janet…
Lewis graduated with an LLB Law in 2012 and is a trainee solicitor at The Partnership in Guildford, specialising in property law. Lewis has…
Jincheng (Jaycee) Feng
MSc Tourism Management
"The lecturers were truly superb and I felt that the classes, besides being highly academic in nature, were also very practical and applicable…
BSc Tourism Management
"I thoroughly enjoyed the international exposure the course offered. I attended an exchange programme in Melbourne, a summer school in Seoul,…