Alumni awards

Each year Deakin's Alumni Awards recognise prominent alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given exceptional service to the University.

2023 Deakin University Alumni Awards

Our recipients, selected by the Vice-Chancellor, demonstrate excellence in their chosen field and make valuable contributions to the University and their communities, both locally and globally. Deakin President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, announced the recipients of the 2023 Deakin Alumni Awards on 23 March 2023. You can watch the announcement, see the recipients’ inspiring videos and leave a message of congratulations on the Alumni Awards website.

Alumni of the Year Award winners

Serdar Baycan
Bachelor of Architecture, 1986
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Dr David Newman
Master of Business Administration, 2013
Faculty of Business and Law

Professor Roianne West

Bachelor of Nursing from Deakin’s Institute of Koorie Education (now NIKERI), 2001
Faculty of Health

Daniel Wordsworth
Master of International and Community Development, 2001
Faculty of Arts and Education

Young Alumni of the Year Award winners

Abrar Aziz
Bachelor of Electrics and Electronics Engineering, 2017
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Eva Mackinley
Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Diploma of Arabic
Faculty of Arts and Education

Sophie McNamara 
Master of Business Administration, 2019
Faculty of Business and Law

2024 Alumni Awards key dates

Nominations have closed for the 2024 Deakin Alumni Awards. The recipients will be announced in March 2024.

Alumni awards videos

Our Alumni Award Winners YouTube playlist includes video interviews with our alumni, previous years dinners, speeches and more.

Explore the videos

Connect with us

Stay in touch with us to hear about the latest alumni opportunities, Deakin news and research and much more. You can email the Alumni Engagement team or connect with us on LinkedIn or Facebook.