The University of Newcastle's annual Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding talent, accomplishments and contributions made by our alumni in their fields.

Alumni Awards

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Nominations for the 2015 UON Alumni Awards are open

Do you know an outstanding alumnus? Nominate them today!

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. 

The annual Awards honour alumni across nine categories including professional excellence, cultural life, community service, regional, national and international leadership, Indigenous and young alumni. 

Last year UON recognised 10 outstanding achievers including Professor Patricia Davidson, a global leader in cardiac health; Glenn Kellow, COO of world's largest private-sector coal company, Peabody Energy; and young researcher, Dr Alison Thorburn who is traversing new ground in asthma research. 

Do you know someone who has advanced their field? Celebrate their achievements by nominating them for an award. Selection criteria is outlined on the nomination form. 

Nominations close Friday 26 June 2015. 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.