Distinguished Alumni Awards

Recognising 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 and the technical talent. They are exemplars of the University of Adelaide success story and a great source of internal pride and inspiration. View a full list of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients here.

Nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards have now closed.

For further information please contact the Alumni Relations team at alumni@adelaide.edu.au, +61 8 8313 5800. 

Distinguished Alumni Award categories

Distinguished Alumni Award

For outstanding achievement by an alumnus or alumna and impact on their profession and/or community.

2019 recipient: Dr James Muecke AM (pictured)


Tirkapena Indigenous Award

For outstanding achievement and impact within Indigenous and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

2019 recipient: Dr Claudia Paul (pictured)


James McWha Rising Star Award

For outstanding achievement by a young alumnus or alumna within their profession and/or community.

2019 recipient: Hannah Wandel (pictured)


Distinguished Alumni Awards 2019

Further information

For more further information about the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards, please contact alumni@adelaide.edu.au