The Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our alumni around the world and showcase the value and impact of their ENU education.  

Nominations are now closed for the Alumni Awards 2024. Thank you to everyone who nominated a difference maker.

Keep reading to learn more about the categories and nomination process.

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Alumni Awards written in white letters contained in a black box, against a red patterned background Edinburgh Napier alumni are out in the world making a real difference in their communities every day. The University seeks to formally recognise these individuals who are role models for our current students and an inspiration to the entire ENU community. 

There are three categories: 

  • Impact Award

  • Rising Star Award

  • Excellence Award (new for 2024!)

Impact Award 

The Impact Award recognises an alumnus who is making a difference in their community and are supporters of the ENU community.

Edinburgh Napier alumni are behind so many extraordinary things you see happening every single day. This award honours those who are making an impact through their voluntary, charitable or professional activities.

The winner should also be a supporter of the ENU community. Examples of support include undertaking a volunteer role at the University, such as doing a guest lecture, taking on placement students, being a mentor or holding an advisory role. You are also a supporter of the community if you hire students or graduates, donate to ENU campaigns, collaborate with other alumni on projects or run informal networking groups.

The Award Panel will choose one winner.

Rising Star Award

This category pays tribute to the achievements of a recent graduate who has achieved success in the immediate years following the completion of their studies. Success can be defined as professional achievements or volunteer contributions. 

The winner of the Rising Star Award will be someone who Edinburgh Napier has identified as ‘one to watch’.

Candidates must have graduated between 2018 – 2023 (inclusive). One winner will be chosen by the Award Panel.

Excellence Award

Introducing our brand-new award for 2024!

The Excellence Award provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the professional achievements of ENU alumniThe award honours the outstanding and significant contributions alumni are making to further their industries.

The format of this award differs from our other accolades with five alumni honoured, each representing one of Edinburgh Napier’s five Schools.


Who is eligible? 

  • All nominees must be alumni of Edinburgh Napier University. Nominees may have gained a degree or qualification from Edinburgh Napier University, or any of its antecedent institutions and at any Edinburgh Napier study location around the world.

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted,

  • Previous winners of a particular award category are not eligible for reconsideration in the same category.

  • Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.

  • Groups of alumni will be considered for nomination.


Additional information 

  • The submission deadline is Sunday 31 March 2024. All completed nominations received via the online nomination form before this deadline will be considered.

  • Edinburgh Napier University alumni, staff and students can nominate alumni for an award. 

  • You can submit multiple nominations; however, all must be submitted separately. All nominations will be treated confidentially.



Sunday 31 March 2024: Deadline for nominations. A shortlisting panel will review all nominations received before the deadline and will present a shortlist to the award panel.  

April 2023: All shortlisted candidates will be contacted to confirm they accept the nomination

Late April 2023: Award panel to meet to select Rising Star, Impact and Excellence Award winners. The panel will be chaired by Geoffrey H. Day, Director of Marketing and External Relations and Honorary Graduate.

Autumn 2023: Winners to be announced 

November 2023: A celebration event will take place

Learn more about past winners!

The Alumni Awards recognise an individual or a group of alumni who have shown excellence and distinction in their personal and/or professional lives and who have made a positive contribution to the University, their community and profession.