Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise alumni who have significantly contributed to their communities and professions.

Our Distinguished Alumni are a rich and diverse pool of leaders and innovators who, through their outstanding accomplishments, have improved the lives of others and significantly contributed to their communities and professions. 

These are the contemporary and the legendary; the entrepreneurial and the humanitarian; the philosophical; the artistic and the technically talented. They are exemplars of the University of Adelaide success story and a great source of pride and inspiration.

Nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now closed. For further information please contact the Alumni Relations team at alumni@adelaide.edu.au, +61 8 8313 5800. 

2023 Distinguished Alumni Award categories

Distinguished Alumni Award

Recognises the outstanding and sustained contributions made by University alumni in their Australian communities.

2022 recipients: Professor John McNeil AO, David Reynolds PSM (pictured), Professor Nicola Spurrier PSM


Tirkapena Indigenous Award

Recognises an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alum whose significant achievements have impacted their profession and/or community.

2022 recipient: Tiahni Adamson (pictured)


James McWha Rising Star Award

Recognises a young alum (35 years or younger at the nomination deadline) who is making a significant contribution as an emerging leader within their profession and/or community.

2022 recipients: Dr Angela Alder-Price (pictured), Professor Phiala Shanahan


Previous recipients