The QUT Alumni Service Award recognises the outstanding service of alumni volunteers who demonstrate leadership, service, and advocacy on behalf of alumni and the QUT community, and generously share their time, support, and expertise.

The award was established in 2005 as an initiative of the QUT Alumni Board. Recipients are recognised at QUT’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony, and their inspirational stories are shared widely with alumni and the broader community. The 2021 Alumni Service Award winner will be honoured at the Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony on Wednesday 17 November.


To be eligible, a nominee must:

  • be an alumnus of QUT or its predecessor institutions
  • provide sustained, outstanding voluntary leadership, service and advocacy on behalf of the alumni community and in the interests of QUT
  • demonstrate the characteristics, values and actions which reflect QUT’s real world brand
  • not have previously received a QUT Alumni Service Award.


Nominations can be received from any member of the community, including QUT staff, students, and alumni. Self-nominations are not permitted.

Nominators must obtain permission from the nominee before proceeding with a nomination.

Nominations for the 2022 awards will open next year.

2020 award winners

Heather and Peter Howes

Heather and Peter Howes graduated from one of QUT’s predecessor institutes in 1972. They have maintained a long association with the university as alumni ambassadors and generous donors to the QUT Learning Potential Fund. At the core of their business and life partnership is a commitment to creating pathways for inclusion.

Watch Heather and Peter's video

Past winners

2020 award winners
Heather and Peter Howes
2018 award winner
Anand Shah
2017 award winner
Jennifer Robertson
2016 award winner
Tracey Spicer
2015 award winners
Jason Chong
Leesa Watkin (posthumous)
2014 award winners
Marie-Claire Grady
Morag Hocknull