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Alumni Achievement Awards

Celebrating members of our alumni community who are making an outstanding impact around the world

Our 270,000-strong alumni community are a talented group of people achieving great things in their industries and communities. We can all take pride in the impact that is made by our graduates once they have completed their studies with us.

To honour those making an outstanding impact around the world, we hold the Alumni Achievement Awards each year. These form part of the wider Newcastle University Awards which celebrate student and graduate success.

You can read more about the three categories below.

Outstanding social and civic contribution

This award celebrates alumni who are making a real difference in the community, and could include those:

  • Working with community groups and voluntary organisations to help others.
  • Supporting underrepresented groups to access services they need.
  • Creating new business to make a positive impact in their local community.
  • Leading and innovating cultural progress through creative arts.

Outstanding global and intercultural contribution

This category recognises Newcastle graduates who have led the way in the integration of people and cultures, and who are breaking down barriers to create a greater sense of inclusivity.

Alumni nominated for this award will have made a positive difference across a broad range of issues, such as:

  • Race 
  • Culture 
  • Age 
  • Gender 
  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Disability 
  • Social Class 

Outstanding contribution to sustainability and environmental justice

This award champions alumni who are tackling climate change head on and making great strides in the global quest for Net Zero and sustainability. Nominees in this category are passionate about the future of the planet and are working towards a greener future. This could be through: 

  • Launching new, green businesses. 
  • Leading sustainable change at your work. 
  • Volunteering to make environmental change. 
  • Championing sustainability within your local, regional, or national communities.  

All alumni are eligible for the Alumni Achievement Awards, and nominations can be submitted for yourself or to celebrate the achievements of a fellow graduate. Read on to meet our 2023 winners for inspiration.

Please note that nominations for this year's awards are now closed. The Alumni Achievement Awards will be held at Newcastle Civic Centre on Thursday 6 June 2024.


Previous winners

Huge congratulations to our three Alumni Achievement Award winners from 2023. Here are their inspiring stories.