Alumni & Supporters

Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumni Achievement Awards


Newcastle University’s annual alumni Awards scheme acknowledges the outstanding achievements of our graduates. We are extremely proud of the contributions our graduates make to society and wish to recognise their exceptional efforts.

The Newcastle University Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented in June 2019. Members of our alumni community, are eligible to nominate their fellow alumni for an award. Nominations can also be made by current staff at Newcastle University.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Rising star
This award recognises the success of graduates who are a maximum of 10 years from graduation

Alumni impact
This award recognises alumni at any point from graduation who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution to business/industry.
  • Outstanding contribution to society/community life.
  • Potential to inspirethe next generation of current and prospective students.
  • Demonstration of involvement with the University, particularly through volunteering.
Alumni Achievement Awards winners 2018
Alumni Achievement Awards 2018

Nomination information

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The awards are open to all graduates of Newcastle University, Newcastle University International Singapore, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia and Newcastle University London.

Nominators are asked to answer three questions, submitting a case for support for their nominee and are guided to consider:

  • Achievement/distinction throughout professional career
  • Business/industry honours and/or awards
  • Achievement/distinction in volunteering/contribution to the community
  • Engagement with/support for Newcastle University
  • Student/graduate inspiration/role model

We regret that self-nominations and nominations from relatives will not be accepted. For more information please contact Anna at

Nominations for the Alumni Achievement Awards 2019 are open until Sunday 14 April 2019.

Previous winners

Alumni Achivement Awards 2018

Sir Alan Craft Kt (MBBS 1969, MD 1978)

Sir Alan's work in cancer research has a worldwide reach with over 400 papers published, including a Lancet Paper which has been cited more than 800 times and changed practice worldwide. In 2005, Sir Alan was knighted by the Queen for his services to Medicine & Paediatric Oncology. Sir Craft has also raised large funds for child health causes by completing marathons and is currently President of Together for Short Lives, a charity for Child Pallative Care. 

Michael Alderson (BSc Environmental Science 2008, MSc Environmental Engineering 2009)

Since graduating, Michael has consistently advocated for the natural environment and sustainable development on a global scale and in 2013, he co-founded the charity EcoSwell. Focussing on sustainable development, EcoSwell has gained international recognition for its work and research. Through EcoSwell, Michael has also maintained a strong connection to the University by recruiting student volunteers to work on the charity’s eco-volunteering projects. Michael was selected as one of the UK’s “Top 50 Rising Stars of Sustainability”, by ‘Building’ magazine (2012) and was a finalist for Balfour Beatty’s ‘The Chairman’s Graduate Prize for Innovation’ (2012).

Alumni Achievement Awards winners 2018
Alumni Achievement Awards winners 2018 (middle left) Michael Alderson; (middle right) Sir Alan Craft Kt