We have a vast range of distinguished alumni making a significant global impact, which is why we need your help to find our next winners.

The Cranfield School of Management Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the School’s alumni and highlight the variety of ways they are making a transformative impact on their organisations, industries, and communities around the world.

Each year the winners serve as role models to other alumni, students and potential students: from internationally respected leaders and entrepreneurs driving innovation, to those who go above and beyond to embody the Cranfield Community spirit and keep our alumni network connected.

This year we are looking for nominations in four categories which recognise and honour alumni:

Criteria for the Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the School’s most prestigious alumni award and recognises those individuals who have achieved significant success within their industry and sector while upholding the highest standards in business practice. In selecting the Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year, the Selection Panel will consider the following:

  • Sustained professional achievement at the highest levels, preferably extending in to the year of selection. Professional achievement may be viewed in terms of:
    • Staff and budget management.
    • Contribution to company profitability.
    • Job creation.
    • Other factors.
  • Significant impact on their industry and sector, beyond their own role and organisation.
  • International influence/experience working across different geographic regions.
  • Regarded as a role model for leadership.
  • Innovation and creativity.
  • Other awards and recognitions.
  • Contribution to charitable or community organisations/not-for-profit work.

Criteria for the Entrepreneur Alumni Award

The Entrepreneur Alumni Award recognises alumni who have achieved outstanding entrepreneurial success while upholding the highest standards of business practice. This award acknowledges the importance placed on entrepreneurship teaching, research and practise at the School. In selecting the Entrepreneur Alumnus/a of the Year, the Selection Panel will consider the following:

  • Solvency and profitability of company.
  • Sustained high level of business performance over a period of 3-5 years with firm growth and value creation.
  • Ethical conduct/standards of business practise.
  • Profitability of the business model, or in the case of social enterprises, a self-sustaining business practise.
  • Impact on the market and the consumer.
  • Innovation.
  • Contribution to the economy and society, including job creation and exports.
  • International reach/impact.

Criteria for the Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Graduates

The Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Graduates recognises those who have made significant progress in their careers within ten years of graduating from the School. This award recognises those who have the potential to reach the highest levels of business success in the future.

In selecting recipients of the Excellence in Achievement Award, the Selection Panel will consider the following:

  • Early career impact on sector/industry.
  • Demonstrable achievement beyond individual position and company.
  • International experience and impact.
  • Role model behaviours/highest standards of business practice.

Criteria for the Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award recognises those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the School in a volunteer capacity. The Alumni Service Award acknowledges the vital role that alumni have to play in Cranfield’s continued strength and success in the future.

In selecting recipients of the Alumni Service Award, the Selection Panel will consider the following:

  • Level of voluntary service rendered to the School over a sustained period of time.
  • Impact of volunteer activities in terms of increasing alumni engagement, marketing and student recruitment, and fundraising.
  • International impact of volunteer activities.

Movers, shakers, change makers

Earlier this year we celebrated our 2023 School of Management alumni award winners. If you are considering a nomination, see what our previous award winners had to say about being recognised.

Nominate a rising star in 3 simple steps

  1. Review the award criteria for the alumni awards and decide on your nominee.

  2. Complete the online nomination form details and write your nomination statement. Ensure it is no longer than 800 words and contains enough evidence to support your nominations.

  3. Hit submit.

What happens next?

The Selection Panel will reach agreement on the winners in each of the categories and award recipients and nominators will be notified as to whether their nominee has been selected to receive an award. All unsuccessful nominations can be resubmitted for consideration in future years.

The deadline to submit your nomination is 12:00 (BST) on Friday 30 June 2023.

Find out more about the awards and nominate a fellow alumni today!