USW Alumni Awards

The University of South Wales community - graduates and students alike - is filled with people making a difference at all levels of society, worldwide. Be that in business or industry, society or culture – or right here on our doorstep within the University.


The USW Alumni Awards recognise the excellence and achievement of individuals within our network. The actions of our alumni reflect the excellence of a USW education and our mission to provide not only innovative education and world class graduates, but also culturally aware global citizens.

Interested in hearing more about the Awards? Contact us ahead of further information being updated online in due course.


Inspiring The Next Generation Award

Awarded to a graduate who has volunteered their support to the University of South Wales, providing inspiration to current and prospective students through single or combination activities including, but not limited to:

  • Giving talks
  • Providing testimonials or personal interviews
  • Becoming a mentor
  • Supporting international recruitment
  • Providing placement for students

Excellence in Service Award

Awarded to a current student or graduate who has shown outstanding commitment to enhancing the connectivity of the alumni and/or student community, and supporting its activities. This may be recognised through single or combination activities including, but not limited to:

  • Arranging reunions
  • Revitalising University traditions
  • Supporting telethons
  • Being class representative
  • Promoting the spirit of community and the value of networking
  • Leading an international alumni group

GOLD Award (Graduate of the Last Decade)

Celebrates a recent alumnus/a who has graduated within the last 10 years and who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and/or leadership potential in their chosen profession. The alumnus/a could be making an outstanding contribution in fields including, although not limited to: business, industry, creative arts, healthcare, third sector, culture, media and sport.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Awarded to a former student to acknowledge their achievements and success, be this through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. Relevant achievement may occur in a single year or over a span of years, preferably extending into the year of selection.

Emerging Entrepreneur Award

This Award recognises - and provides up to £1000 investment for - a single individual or team of student or graduate entrepreneurs, who are on the road to achieving success through a business or social enterprise. This category is seeking submissions that represent ventures that have been started and operating for four years or less. This would indicate that a product/service is in early to midstage rollout, a business plan is in place, but that the initiative might benefit from additional support to be taken to the next level. Whether it’s a person’s demonstrable entrepreneurial passion for the product, a sense of originality shown, or a product that has clear commercial or social benefit – this award recognises the tenacity and achievements of early stage entrepreneurs, and helps support the future impact of their enterprise.

Accomplished Entrepreneur Award

This award recognises and celebrates alumni - either an individual or a collective - who are creating successful entrepreneurial value and whose activities are making a mark in their respective industry. Whether jobs and wealth are being created, new innovative products and concepts being brought to market, or perhaps the creativity and competition they are encouraging – this Award celebrates success and the contribution that entrepreneurs are making to our economy and/or society; plus the legacy they’re building. This category is seeking submissions that represent ventures that have been operating for more than four years, by which time they will be transitioning into growth and are well on their way to becoming ‘established’.

Contribution to Welsh Life and Culture Award

Awarded to a current student or graduate in, or from Wales, who has contributed to Welsh life, language and culture. The award celebrates the contribution of an individual to the University’s Welsh community and/or to Welsh life, language and culture, be that on a personal or professional level. 

Relevant activity may occur in a single year or over a span of years, preferably extending into the year of selection.


Nomination links

We welcome nominations in English or Welsh. When nominations open, links can be found below.

Who is eligible?

As relevant to the Award, all currently enrolled students and all former students who have exited with a University awarded qualification are eligible. This includes alumni from predecessor institutions, from all year groups. This includes the University of Wales, Newport and University of Glamorgan – and all their predecessor institutions too.  Category finalists from previous years are welcome to enter or be nominated for all current categories. Category winners from previous years are welcome to enter or be nominated for all categories, except the category that they previously won.


Who can nominate?

As a community-wide initiative we welcome nominations from graduates, staff and students – all partners in our network. We also welcome self-nomination and nominations from organisations who recognise the excellence of staff members who attended the University of South Wales, or predecessor institution. The nominators of our Award finalists will also be invited to attend the Awards and Supporter Gala Evening event. Nominations can be made in Welsh or English.

What questions will be asked in the nomination process?

When nominations open, you can download a summary for all categories in both English and welsh. We encourage submissions to be compiled ahead of accessing the online link and also saved locally to your device or machine. This will avoid the possibility of losing some or all of the details you compile as part of your submission. Once you are satisfied with your submission, please proceed to the relevant online form to submit.

Given the level of detail required, our entrepreneurial categories require submission by the entrepreneur themselves. If you are not the entrepreneur but would like to submit a supporting statement as to why they should be encouraged to self-nominate, you can do this online. For the Emerging Entrepreneur category, the submission is a combination of written statement and short video. Need inspiration?


Where do I nominate?

Nominations (or a supporting statement for our two entrepreneurial categories) can be made online by following the links above, when available. There is no limit on the number of nominations you can submit.


What’s the process?

The nomination process for the next Alumni Awards is currently under review. Further information will be shared in due course.

How will submissions be judged?

As relevant to the individual Award, judges will be looking for a combination of factors to help ascertain a category winner. Factors may include demonstrable impact, a sense of community cohesion, sustainability of achievement and value added to the student/alumni network experience. Please refer to each Award for relevant points for each category.

Is there a world limit for submissions?

Yes. Please do not exceed 1000 words. The judges will be looking for quality of evidence, not necessarily length of written submission. If your submission falls short of 1000 words this is acceptable, as this represents the limit.


How are Award winners recognised?

We recognise and celebrate our Award winners in a number of ways. Whether through social media, video content or a special event, we look forward to acknowledging the achievements and impact of our graduate community.