Distinguished Alumni Awards Guidelines

The Murdoch University Distinguished Alumni Awards (Awards) have been established to recognise outstanding professional achievements and/or community services by Murdoch University alumni.


Murdoch will award a minimum of two and no greater than four Awards per year.


To be eligible to win an Award:

  • Nominees must have graduated from Murdoch University. A graduate (alumnus) of Murdoch University is defined as an individual who has completed and been awarded one or more certificate, degree, diploma or any other award prescribed by the statutes of Murdoch University.
  • Nominees must not be:
    • honorary degree recipients unless that individual has also completed and been awarded one or more certificate, degree, diploma or any other award prescribed by the statutes of Murdoch University;
    • current Murdoch academic and general staff members who are more than 0.2 full time equivalent (FTE) or spouses (including de facto spouses) of current academic and general staff (who are more than 0.2 FTE) as per the 2014 Professional Staff/2014 Academic Staff agreement; or
    • a winner of a previous years’ Distinguished Alumni Awards.
  • Subject to complying with all other eligibility criteria, any alumnus holding an honorary title (for example, Adjunct Professor) is eligible to be nominated, so long as they do not exceed 0.2 FTE.
  • Any nominee who does not meet the criteria above is automatically ineligible. Ineligible nominees will be informed that they do not meet the eligibility criteria by the Alumni Relations Office.


Nominations may be made by any member of Murdoch University or the wider community, who believes a Murdoch alumnus is deserving of this prestigious Award. Self-nominations are allowed.

Nominees must meet the eligibility criteria (above) and selection criteria (below).

Nominations must be made:

  • on the official Distinguished Alumni Awards website using the nomination form, and all supporting documentation must be included; and
  • by COB (5:00pm Perth time) by the closing date of the nominations period to be considered for entry into the program.

Murdoch University accepts no responsibility for unsuccessfully uploaded entries and incomplete entries will be disregarded.

Submission of a nomination form, or acceptance of a third party nomination, indicates acceptance of these guidelines.

The Alumni Relations Office and judging panels reserve the right to:

  • determine whether an individual is eligible to enter the Awards program,

in their absolute discretion.

All nominations will be treated in confidence and will not be circulated outside of the Alumni Relations Office, judging panels and selected members of Murdoch University staff.


To be selected as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, nominees must have:

(i) made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field; and /or

(ii) given outstanding service to the community; and/or

(iii) given outstanding service to Murdoch University.

Nominations will also be assessed against the core values of Murdoch University:

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Sustainability
  • Global responsibility
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

If your nomination is successful, you will be required to provide photographs and referee reports. If you are self-nominating, the Alumni Relations Office recommends having these documents prepared ahead of time in the event you may be selected.

By nominating or accepting a nomination, you agree to accept the terms and conditions of the Murdoch University Talent Release Form


All nominations are put through two separate judging processes. This judging process determines the recipients based on the selection criteria. Any individuals found to be undermining the integrity of the Awards program and/or interfering with the judging process will be immediately disqualified from the Awards program.

The judging panels are external to the Alumni Relations Office. The identities of the members of the judging panels are confidential at all times to protect the integrity of the Awards program.


Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards will be announced at the annual Awards ceremony and dinner. All recipients will be notified prior to the ceremony, however this information must not be made public until after the conclusion of the formal ceremony. Confidentiality must be respected by all parties throughout all stages of the Awards program.

Download the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Guidelines (PDF, 93KB)


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