Student success

Each year, students from across our five faculties are recognised and awarded for their outstanding achievements. We are proud to share their successes.


Shan Turner Carroll UoN's Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) student Shan Turner- Carroll has won the coveted Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize 2013 worth $35,000, with a piece was from his "Primal Crown" series. Shan was the also the 2012 recipient of the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship and plans to use this to visit his ancestral homeland of Myanmar for inspiration for his next body of work. 


 Declan ClausenThird year combined Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Science student, Declan Clausen, was named Newcastle's Young Citizen of the Year for 2013.

Declan, 20, has already made an outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability. He is a student ambassador for Engineering and a member of the University Committee for Environmental Sustainability (UCES).


Andreena KardamisBusiness and Law student, Andreena Kardamis, was named Young Citizen of the Year 2013 for Lake Macquarie. While studying full time, Andreena is the driving force behind the Lake Macquarie Youth Advisory Council where she is currently serving her second year as Chair.  Andreena worked with Lake Macquarie Council to implement a life mentors and coaches program in the Lake Macquarie area. She is a Hunter Life Education ambassador.


Electric vehicle racingElectrical engineering students

Andreas Antoniades and Francisco Gordin raced their electric car to an overwhelming victory in the Demonstrator Division of the 2012 Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle contest.


Other recent outstanding achievements by our students

  • Thrirty-eight students were awarded University Medals in 2013 for outstanding academic achievement. 
  • Civil Engineering PhD student Glen Burton won a 2013 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award for his work on the development of fundamental soil mechanics principles. 
  • Third year medical student Glenda Brown won the $9,000-a-year Australian Medical Association's Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship. 
  • Recent graduate Warren Haasnoot was awarded the Architects NSW Design Medal, for his vision for a future for Carrington Wharf, Newcastle. 
  • PhD student Gladys Asuga and her supervisor Dr Scott Eacott were named joint winners of the Emerald and African Academy of Management's African Management Research Award for their research on Investing in leaders: evaluating the preparation and development of head teachers in Kenya. 
  • Five of our students were among 30 winners of the national ABC Heywire competition for 2012. Shanna Beeton, Stephanie Beckedahl, Richard Baines and Isabel Enks entered the competition as part of an assignment for their Radio Journalism course. Bachelor of Teaching/Arts student Emma-Lee Scott was also successful. 
  • Bachelor of Business student Carla Hiles received a NSW Minister for Tourism Student Achiever Award. The award is presented to outstanding young students for consistent academic achievement and the potential to significantly contribute to the tourism industry.