ANU Alumni Awards

The 2022 ANU Alumni Awards have been announced - meet the recipients

  • Alumna of the Year: Heidi Yates (BA '05, LLB '05, GradDipLegPrac '06)
  • Indigenous Alumna of the Year: Mikaela Jade (MAppCybernetics '21)
  • International Alumna of the Year: Dr Mari Pangetsu (BEc '79, MEc '81, HonLittD '13)
  • Young Alumnus of the Year: Kieran Pender (BA '16, LLB '18, GradDipLegPrac '19)
  • Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate): Prime Ragandang (PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies - Current student)
  • Student Volunteer of the Year (Postgraduate): Clare McBride-Kelly (LLB (Hons), BAS - Current student)
We celebrated the 2022 ANU Alumni Awards dinner on 10 November 2022 at the National Arboretum in Canberra. This was the first time in three years that the University was able to hold the awards in-person. Award finalists, their guests, and distinguished members of the ANU community gathered at the breathtaking National Arboretum for the ceremony.
 
Visit the ANU Alumni Instagram page for highlights from the night.
 

Submitting a nomination

Nominations for the 2023 ANU Alumni Awards will be opening soon.

Judging criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following three criteria:

Impact: evidence and scale of the tangible impact and contribution the nominee has had in their profession, community or field of expertise.

Service: evidence the nominee is committed to bettering the lives of others in their community or society in general through their professional or volunteer efforts.

ANU: the influence of ANU on the nominee's career and achievements, and examples of how the nominee has stayed involved with the University community.

Award category eligibility

Please check the eligibility criteria for the award you wish to nominate for before starting the nomination.

Alumna/Alumnus of the Year

This award is the most prestigious honour awarded by the University to a member of the ANU alumni community. Nominees for this category must be recognised as alumni of ANU and have completed a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at the University.

Indigenous Alumna/Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding individual who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which they live. Nominees for this category must be recognised as alumni of ANU and have completed a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at the University.

International Alumna/Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding individual who was enrolled as an international student at ANU and is an international citizen or holds a permanent residency visa for a country other than Australia. Nominees for this category must be recognised as alumni of ANU and have completed a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at the University.

Young Alumna/Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding individual 35 years of age or younger (born in 1987 or later). Nominees for this category must be recognised as alumni of ANU and have completed a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at the University.

Student Volunteer of the Year (Postgraduate)

This award is presented to an outstanding individual who is currently enrolled as a postgraduate student at ANU or will be eligible to graduate in 2022. The nominee must have been enrolled for at least one semester.

Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate)

This award is presented to an outstanding individual who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at ANU or will be eligible to graduate in 2022. The nominee must have been enrolled for at least one semester.

Conditions of nomination

  • Nominations must be received via the (now closed) online nomination form by 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday 10 July 2022. Late nominations will not be accepted.
  • Self-nomination is not allowed.
  • The selection panel reserves the right to reallocate nominations between categories based on the field of nominees.
  • Nomination forms and supporting documentation must be completed in English.
  • Alumni who have been unsuccessful in previous nominations may be re-nominated in the same or another category.
  • All nominees (if aware of their nomination) and nominators will be contacted by the University with the outcome of the nomination.
  • Due to the large volume of quality nominations received, the University will be unable to provide feedback to nominees or nominators.

Award recipients and nominees may be acknowledged in media publications and via University communication channels, for example the ANU website and social media.

For more information on ANU Advancement Privacy, please visit ql.anu.edu.au/advancement-privacy.

Top Writing Tips

Who, why and how: Summarise the key information at the start of your application. 

Use personal examples: This is a memorable way to make your nominee stand out.

Plan and categorise: Remember a good piece of writing is 30% planning, 40% writing and 30% editing. You can compartmentalise your thoughts and ideas, and improve readability for the selection panel.

Address the selection criteria: Just like a job application, responses need to be linked to the selection criteria. Ensure you carefully address each criterion, demonstrating the nominees' impact and achievements, and providing evidence where possible.

Avoid hyperbole: Words like "world-class" or "superstar" are overused and not evidence-based.

Remember your audience: The selection panel is comprised of a senior staff member and alumni, including former Alumni Excellence Award recipients. Panel members are selected based upon their professional experience to ensure each panel has the relevant expertise for each award category.

More information

For more information about the ANU Alumni Awards:

E: alumni@anu.edu.au
T: +61 2 6125 5004

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