Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards

By nominating an alumnus of Griffith University for the Outstanding Alumni Awards, both you and they agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. These terms and conditions may be amended at any time.

1.0 About the Awards

1.1 The Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards

The Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards are an initiative of Griffith University. There are four award categories:

  • Outstanding Alumnus
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus
  • Outstanding International Alumnus
  • Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus

1.2 Definition of a Griffith University Alumnus

To be considered an alumnus of Griffith University, nominees must have completed a minimum of 40 credit points at Griffith University or an institution now part of Griffith University. This includes, but is not limited to, the Mt Gravatt Teachers College, Mt Gravatt College of Advanced Education, Mt Gravatt campus of the Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Queensland Conservatorium, and Queensland College of Art.

1.3 Alumni Eligibility

All alumni who meet the definition of a Griffith University alumnus are eligible for the Griffith University alumni awards. Nominees need not be working in the discipline in which they studied.
Eligibility criteria applicable to a specific award is listed below.

1.4 Organising Group

The awards are organised by the Griffith University Alumni Engagement Team under the portfolio of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) and in conjunction with the Group Pro Vice Chancellors.

1.5 Judges

Academic Group nominations are assessed by a panel of judges for the award of Group Outstanding Alumni Awards. The judging panel at Academic Group level will comprise:

  • The Pro Vice Chancellor or nominee
  • A representative of the Griffith University Development and Alumni Office
  • A representative of the Group Alumni Engagement portfolio
  • A representative of the Group Strategic Advisory Board (or similar representative)
  • The Group Dean (Academic) or nominee
  • Other members as defined by the Group Pro Vice Chancellors
  • First peoples representative

Winners of Group level outstanding alumni awards (one per award category) will be presented to the University Alumni Awards judging panel for consideration. The judging panel at University level will comprise:

  • Vice Chancellor or Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement)
  • Pro Vice Chancellors from each of the Academic Groups - Griffith Business School, Griffith Health, Arts, Education and Law and Griffith Sciences (or nominees)
  • Deputy Director, Development and Alumni
  • Vice President (Global) or nominee
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Industry representative
  • First peoples representative

2.0 Nominations

2.1 Method of Nomination

To nominate for the Griffith University Alumni Awards the nominator must submit a nomination form by the due date given in the nomination guidelines. 

No changes can be made to nominations once the nomination deadline has passed.

Nominations are received by the Griffith University Alumni Engagement Team and distributed to the relevant Academic Group judging panel for consideration. Winners of Group level outstanding Alumni Awards for each category will be put forward to the University Awards judging panel for consideration and determination of the overall University Outstanding Alumni Award category winners (categories outlined below).

Group level award winners will be acknowledged as part of the Griffith University Alumni Awards Ceremony. Individual Groups may also opt to formally acknowledge the winners as part of a separate event.

2.2 Material Submitted

Nomination forms, videos and accompanying material will only be disclosed to the organising committee and judging panels, until the announcement of the awards.

2.3 Previous Nominees / Winners

Winners are unable to be nominated again in the same categories (except for winners of the Academic Groups’ Outstanding Alumnus Awards between 2007 and 2017 which can be re-nominated)

2.4 Academic Group for assessing nomination


Nominees have the opportunity to select which Academic Group they would like their nomination to be considered by. Should an alumnus be ineligible for the Academic Group they have selected, they will be allocated to the relevant Academic Group based on their first degree from Griffith University. Should they select the ‘unsure’ option on the Academic Group, they will be allocated to the relevant Academic Group based on their first degree from Griffith University.

2.5 Withdrawal from the Alumni Awards

A nominee can withdraw from the awards at any time, but notice of withdrawal must be given in writing to the Alumni and Engagement Team via email to alumni@griffith.edu.au

2.6 Media Exposure and Promotions

It is a term of nomination (and acceptance of the award) that winners make themselves available for marketing and communications activities at no cost to the University for a period of 12 months after receiving their award.  

Winners will be invited to provide an occasional address at a Graduation ceremony in the first two years after receiving their award.

2.7 Changes to nominations

Changes to nominations will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

2.8 Verification

Griffith University reserves the rights to verify the identity of nominees at any time and may disqualify any person whose nomination is not in accordance with these terms and conditions. Griffith University is free to accept entries which contain errors and omission at its discretion.

3.0 Award Criteria

The criteria for awarding the Outstanding Alumnus Awards for each category will be as outlined below. Nominators must ensure that nominees meet eligibility criteria for the Award in which they are being nominated.

3.1 Outstanding Alumnus Award

For the Outstanding Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University. Nominees must also have at least five (5) years’ work experience since the completion of their first Griffith University degree and demonstrate:

  • Sustained remarkable success in their chosen industry/profession
  • Sustained outstanding contribution to their industry/profession
  • Substantial contribution to the community at local, state, national or international levels. This may be part of employment in their chosen profession or, working as a volunteer in the charitable sector or in other ways.

3.2 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University. Nominees will also be under 40 years old (on the due date of the nomination) with at least four (4) years’ work experience since the completion of their first Griffith University degree and demonstrate:

  • Remarkable success in their chosen industry/profession
  • Significant contribution to their industry/profession
  • Contribution to the community at local, state, national or international levels. This may be part of employment in their chosen profession or, working as a volunteer in the charitable sector or in other ways.

3.3 Outstanding International Alumnus Award

For the Outstanding International Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University and have at least five (5) years’ work experience since the completion of their first Griffith University degree. As a student, they would have been enrolled as an international student. They will demonstrate:

  • Remarkable success in their chosen industry/profession
  • Significant contribution to their industry/profession
  • Contribution to the community at local, state, national or international levels. This may be part of employment in their chosen profession or, working as a volunteer in the charitable sector or in other ways.

3.4 Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award

For the Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University and have at least five (5) years’ work experience since the completion of their first Griffith University degree. Nominees must also be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  They will demonstrate:

  • Remarkable success in their chosen industry/profession
  • Significant contribution to their industry/profession
  • Contribution to the community at local, state, national or international levels. This may be part of employment in their chosen profession or, working as a volunteer in the charitable sector or in other ways.

4.0 Prizes and Decisions

4.1 Notification of Alumni Awards

The finalists and winners of the Outstanding Alumni Awards will be announced and receive their awards at Griffith University’s Alumni Awards event. Details of the event will be published each year.
The judging panels reserve the right to contact recipients in advance of the dinner to ensure availability and attendance.

4.2 Finality of Decision

The decision of the judges is final. No communication will be entered into with any person in relation to any decision by the judges.

4.3 Commendations

At its discretion, the University Alumni Awards judging panel may make additional commendations within the scope of the Alumni Awards in the case of more than one outstanding candidate in any category.

5.0 General

5.1 Change of Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended at any time. The amended Terms and Conditions will be effective immediately upon being posted on the Alumni Award website.

5.2 Issues outside the Terms and Conditions

The Organising Group may determine any issue relating to the Alumni Awards not specifically covered by these Terms and Conditions. All decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into.

5.3 Liability

Griffith University will not be liable for any loss, expense, damage or injury sustained by a nominator or nominee in connection with these Awards, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case the liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).

5.4 Personal Information

Any personal information you provide to Griffith University in the course of entering the competition will be dealt with by Griffith University in accordance with these terms and conditions and the University’s Privacy Plan.