The University of Newcastle's annual Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding talent, accomplishments and contributions of UON graduates.

Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards - presented annually by the Alumni Advisory Committee - recognise innovation, creativity, exceptional leadership and those who inspire others through their local, national and international achievements. 

This year we have 30 finalists across nine categories:

Recipients will be announced at a gala event on Friday 23 October, which promises to be a highlight of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations. This year the gala event will move to a larger venue, the University's own Great Hall, and will be hosted by Australian actor, writer, radio presenter, comedian and proud UON graduate, John Doyle. 

Tickets to the Awards are SOLD OUT. 

For enquiries, please contact Alumni Project Officer, Lauren McDonald on +61 2 4985 4274 or

UON began to recognise the outstanding achievements of its alumni 40 years ago, with the first Newton-John Award in 1975. One annual award was not nearly enough to encompass the depth and variety of excellence demonstrated by UON alumni, and since this humble beginning the Alumni Awards have evolved into a prestigious signature event with awards across nine categories. View a full list of Alumni Award recipients.