Alumni of Distinction Awards Program

Nominations are open for the 2023 Alumni of Distinction Awards.

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Nominations close on Sunday 6 November, Midnight AEDT.

About the Program

The Faculty of Business and Economics wishes to recognise alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen profession, and who have made a considerable contribution to the Faculty, the University and their communities through their endeavours. To this end, the Business and Economics Alumni Council established an annual Alumni of Distinction Awards program.

Alumni of this Faculty reflect our legacy, with more than 66,000 alumni around the world. The Alumni of Distinction Awards program raises awareness of our alumni and honours their outstanding contribution to government, business, education, and the not-for-profit sector.

Alumni of Distinction awards are presented annually at the Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics Dinner.

Award Categories

Over the years, the Awards program categories have evolved, and the selection criteria refined, to best recognise the achievements of our alumni.

  • Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

    An individual who is aged 35 and under and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or recognition by colleagues and peers of outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen, over a period of at least five years.

  • Leadership Award

    An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in business, government or the non-profit sector through leadership in career to date.

  • Outstanding Achievement Award

    An individual who has achieved long-term, sustained and outstanding achievement and leadership in business, government or the non-profit sector.

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

    An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in the entrepreneurial ecosystem over time.

Nomination and selection process

Nomination criteria

  • Nominees must be an alum of the Faculty of Business and Economics.
  • Nominators must be an alum, staff member, or student of the Faculty of Business and Economics.
  • Self nominations are encouraged. All self nominators must provide the name (via the nomination form) of a Faculty of Business and Economics alum or staff member who endorses their nomination.
  • An award recipient cannot be a current member of the Business and Economics Board, the Business and Economics Alumni Council, or the Business and Economics Young Alumni Committee.
  • Alumni nominated for the Rising Star for Young Alumni Award, need to be aged 35 or under at the time nominations close (midnight AEDT, on Sunday 6 November 2022).

Nomination process

  • Nominators must complete the online form prior to the advertised closing date and time (midnight AEDT, on Sunday 6 November 2022).
  • Self nominators must provide the name (via the nominations form) of a Faculty of Business and Economics alum or staff member who endorses their nomination.
  • Nominations will be assessed as per their submission, however information held by the University and publicly available information may be considered.

Selection process

  • A due diligence panel comprised of; the Faculty of Business and Economics Deputy Dean, a member of the Business and Economics Board, and x3 Business and Economics Alumni Council Vice-Chairs; will shortlist nominations.
  • A selection panel comprised of; the Chair of the Business and Economics Alumni Council, the Chair of the Business and Economics Board, and a member of the Business and Economics Alumni Council; will put a recommendation forward to the Dean of the Faculty.
  • The Dean of the Faculty will endorse the recommendation of the selection panel and recipients will be notified via email.

Please note that an award will not necessarily be bestowed in each category each year, and it is possible that there will be more than one recipient in a category.

See Alumni of Distinction Award Recipients