robed university staff at a graduation ceremony

Alumni Awards

The University's Alumni Awards recognise Lancaster graduates who have made a substantial contribution in their field and have developed an outstanding national or international reputation amongst their peers.

Alumni Awards 2019

The following awards were made in 2019:

Alumni Awards 2018

The following awards were made in 2018:

Previous Years


  • 2013

    Clare Amsel (Religious Studies, 1979, Cartmel)
    Executive Director at Dodocoms Limited and Producer, Paralympic Opening Ceremony London 2012

    Gary Foxcroft (MRes Environment and Development, 2004)
    Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University and Human Rights Advocate

    Andrew Leaitherland (Law, 1990, Grizedale)
    Managing Partner & CEO, DWF LLP

    Professor Hellen Sambili (PhD Educational Research, 1993)
    Member of Parliament, Parliament of Kenya

    Nahed Taher (PhD Economics, 2001, MSc Economics, 1998)
    Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director, Gulf One Investment

  • 2014

    Glen Duncan (Philosophy & The Arts, 1988, Bowland)

    Allan Chapman (History, 1972, Fylde)
    Academic Historian of Science, University of Oxford

    Sarah Macfarlane (Economics, 1968, Bowland)
    Professor, University of California, San Francisco

    Caroline Rookes (English, 1975, Furness)
    Chief Executive, The Money Advice Service

    Ranvir Singh (English and Philosophy, 1998, Pendle)
    TV Presenter

  • 2015

    Manav Argawal
    (MSc Management, 2000)
    President & Director, Dynamic Drilling Holdco Pte Ltd

    Barbara Daniels (English, 1986, Furness)
    Training Consultant, Former VC of England Cricket Team

    Rainer Hersch (Economics, 1985, Cartmel)
    Conductor, Comedian

    Kathleen Reid (Geography, 1996, Cartmel)
    Deputy Head of Office, Department for International Development

    Paul Stewart (English, 1977, Bowland)
    Children's Book Author

  • 2016

    Mark Branson (MSc Operational Research, 1990, Fylde)
    Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

    Andrew Cowell (BEng Mechanical Engineering, 1991, Grizedale)
    Managing Director, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains

    Mike Dormer (Economics, 1972, Bowland)
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Neoss Ltd

    Sam Hodges (English Language, 1999, Pendle)
    Senior Communications Manager, Twitter

    Jane Lingham (Advertising & Marketing, 1998, Pendle)
    Director, Brand Strategy & Media, BBC

    Victoria Peterkin (English Literature, Pendle, 2006)
    Owner, Daisy Nursery

    David Shackleton (History & Politics, 1988, Fylde)
    Managing Director, Phantom Music Management

  • 2017

    Carol Atkinson (Law, 1984, County)
    Judge, Ministry of Justice

    Damian Barr (MA Contemporary Sociology, 2000, BA Sociology & English Literature, 1998)
    Writer, Columnist, Playwright

    Amaro Gomes (Accounting and Finance, 1998, Furness)
    Board Member, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

    Tim Pemberton (Philosophy and Religious Studies, 1986, Furness)
    Managing Editor, BBC Radio Gloucestershire