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King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards




King's Distinguished Alumni Awards

Launched in 2017, the King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise alumni and students who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, civic leadership, or service to King’s and society. Awards are given in a range of areas celebrating the breadth of endeavour across our alumni community. Discover our previous winners below.


 Award categories




A current King’s student who has demonstrated exceptional potential alongside their studies through extracurricular activities. Perhaps they have established a start-up or run a student organisation for a cause they are passionate about. They will go on to do great things as King's alumni!

A member of the King’s alumni community who has made a significant impact to society through charitable or voluntary work. Perhaps they volunteer on a charitable board or run on-the-ground projects.

King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our ambition to be a civic university at the heart of London. This award recognises a King’s graduate who has made an outstanding impact within one of King’s home boroughs (Lambeth, Southwark, or Westminster). They may have worked with local government, community groups, or spearheaded an initiative that has made a positive impact in London.

King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our ambition to be an international community that serves the world. This award recognises a member of the King’s alumni body who has made an outstanding impact globally or within an international community, working to address worldwide challenges.

A King’s graduate who showcases exceptional business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Demonstrating ambition and drive, their work looks to find innovate and sustainable solutions to key challenges within society. They use their entrepreneurial mindset to make the world a better place, whether founding their own business or having a transformative impact in their sector.

A King’s graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement within arts and culture. They demonstrate creativity and ingenuity, having cultural impact perhaps at an arts-based organisation or through a recent album, exhibition, or podcast for example.

A member of the King’s alumni community who is driving transformation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. Excelling through innovative research, leading education, or impacting industry – they are making a lasting impact on society!

A King’s graduate who has demonstrated outstanding impact in the medical or healthcare sectors. Perhaps they have driven public health initiatives, contributed to cutting-edge research, or been recognised as an exceptional practitioner.

A recent King’s graduate (within 5 years) who has exhibited exceptional success or rapid progression within their chosen profession. Recognised as an industry ‘rising star’, they demonstrate strong influence, ambition, and ingenuity – a true future leader.

A King’s graduate who uses their knowledge with purpose to challenge the status quo. They think differently, shifting traditional norms to address challenges in society. They may be influencing changes in law and governance, advancing sustainable development goals, or championing diversity and inclusion. They use their knowledge for good!




2024 Winners


Read about all the 2024 winners here


Previous winners

Find out more about previous winners of our Distinguished Alumni Awards.

2023: Alumnus of the Year: Jasvir Singh (History, 2001); Helen Hudson Award: Diana Garnham (MA War Studies, 1979)

Read more about our 2023 winners

2022: Alumna of the Year: I. Stephanie Boyce (LLM Public Law & Global Governance, 2010); Helen Hudson Award: Rita Kakati-Shah (Mathematics & Management, 2001)

Read more about our 2022 winners

2021: Alumna of the Year: Dina Asher-Smith FKC (History, 2017); Helen Hudson Award: Sue Searle AKC (Chemistry, 1972)

Read more about our 2021 winners

2020: Alumnus of the Year: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LLM Law, 1992); Helen Hudson Award Winner: David Walsh (Human Environmental Sciences, 1979)

Read more about our 2020 winners

2019: Alumna of the Year: Farah Storr (French with English, 2001); Helen Hudson Award Winner: Daniel Peltz OBE FKC (History, 1982)

Read more about the 2019 winners

2018: Alumnus of the Year: Keir Starmer KCB (Law, 1996); Helen Hudson Award Winner: Rola Gordon FKC (MSc Health Psychology, 2013)

Read more about the 2018 winners