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.

Nominations for 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards are 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

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

2021 recipients: Dr Brian Croser AO, Dr Leanna Read and Professor Jane Taylor OAM (pictured)


Tirkapena Indigenous Award

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

2021 recipient: Dr Jared Thomas (pictured)


James McWha Rising Star Award

Recognises young alumni (35 years or younger at the nomination deadline) who are making a significant contribution as emerging leaders within their profession and/or within their community.

2021 recipient: Luisa Panuccio (pictured)


Distinguished Alumni Awards 2021

Previous recipients