2020 Distinguished Alumni Award winners Harris Bokhari and Angela Vincent

The Distinguished Alumni Award: Celebrating the long-term achievements of truly outstanding alumni. 

This award recognises and celebrates outstanding alumni who have demonstrated sustained excellence in their personal and professional achievements, are leaders in their field or have made a substantial impact on society. 

Alumni eligible for this award:

  • Can demonstrate the impact of their achievements over a number of years. 
  • Have received formal recognition from their peers and/or community. 
  • Are an exemplary role model, inspiring leader or champion for equality. 
  • Are paving the way for, mentoring and supporting the next generation. 
  • Have transformed their field, challenged boundaries or developed innovative solutions. 
  • Can demonstrate the scale and tangible impact of their work. 
  • Are influencing change or making a positive impact on society through their professional, voluntary or charitable activities. 

Need more information before you submit your nomination?

What to include in your nomination

Make sure you check out our top tips to make your nomination stand out before you start working. So that you can prepare your nomination in advance before you start filling in the form, we’ve listed the main questions below. Please note, we’ll also need some general information about you or your nominee so we can verify alumni status.  

  1. Please explain how you are a leader in your field including relevant career highlights and formal recognition from your peers and/or the community. How have you transformed your field, challenged boundaries or developed innovative solutions?  (Up to 800 words)

  2. Please provide examples that demonstrate the scale and tangible impact of your work over a number of years. (Up to 500 words)

  3. Please provide examples that demonstrate how you are influencing or making a positive impact on society through your professional, voluntary or charitable activities. How are you paving the way for or supporting the next generation? This could include inspiring others as an exemplary role model, mentor, leader or champion for equality. It could also include supporting the College e.g. through volunteering, advising on committees or boards, supporting students or the alumni community, or sharing expertise. (Up to 500 words)

You’ll be able to include up to two supporting documents. This could include a short CV, letter of recommendation, newspaper or magazine clippings, or relevant article. 

If you’re nominating yourself, you’ll also need to submit a supporting letter from an independent referee. These letters can’t be written by a relative and must be received within the deadline date for nominations. We’re sorry but we can’t accept self-nominations without a supporting letter. 

Please note, you can only paste plain text into the nomination form - formatting such as bold or italicised text will not copy over correctly. 

Terms and conditions

Please make sure that you read through all the terms and conditions before starting your nomination.

All nominees must have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Imperial College London or one of the associated colleges or medical schools. Alumni who have previously won an award in any category will not be eligible to win the same award again. We are unable to accept nominations for active politicians, honorary graduates or those who have previously received a College Medal or Fellowship of Imperial College. No posthumous awards will be made.

Anyone is eligible to nominate alumni for an award.

Need some inspiration?

Meet our Distinguished Award Winners 2020:

Harris Bokhari and Angela Vincent

Harris Bokhari (BSc Mathematics 1999) has a simple aim in life: to make the world a fairer and better place. He does this through his charities – the Patchwork Foundation and the Naz Legacy Foundation – as well as his work as an advisor to senior figures in the British government. Read Harris’ full profile. 

Angela Vincent (Westminster Hospital Medical School 1966) has made an outstanding contribution to the field of neuroimmunology through her research. Her work on autoimmune diseases, and the identification of specific auto-antibodies that cause several previously unexplained neurological diseases, is world leading. Read Angela’s full profile.