Alumni Awards nominations

Our Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumni Awards have been designed to publicly recognise and celebrate alumni achievements, particularly where their study here at ARU has contributed to their success.

Our Alumni Awards were due to take place on 23 April, but due to the current situation, have now been postponed. They will now take place in Spring 2021 and nominations for the next Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Awards will open in Autumn next year.

Our 2018 Alumni Awards took place on 29 November – read more about the winners here.

Award categories

We present awards in five categories.

1. Alumni Service to Society Award
Recognising alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

2. Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Recognising alumni who have demonstrated professional achievement of the highest calibre in the management of an enterprise.

3. Alumni Contribution to Culture Award
Recognising alumni who have made a considerable contribution to the local, national or international cultural community.

4. Young Alumni of the Year Award
Recognising alumni, under 35 years of age, who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduating from Anglia Ruskin, and are likely to inspire the next generation of alumni.

5. Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves for their excellent and sustained contributions and achievements in their chosen field over their professional lifetime.

How to nominate alumni

Are you an outstanding alumni, or do you know any outstanding alumni? Maybe someone who’s become a rising entrepreneur in the years since they graduated, or perhaps somebody who has contributed to culture or society in a way we should recognise.

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

To enter, you will need to provide a short but detailed statement describing the qualities and contributions that make your nominee a worthy recipient of an award. The statement should accurately demonstrate how your nominee’s contribution has made a difference within their chosen profession or within the community, and why they should be publicly recognised.

If you have any questions or would like further guidance, please email

Download the nomination form


Download our nomination and selection criteria document

Judging panel

The Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Awards Selection Panel is a subsidiary of the Alumni Board and the Board will make the final award-winner selections.