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Nominations are now closed.

Finalists announced on 5 September.

Thank you for your interest in the annual University of Newcastle Alumni Awards. The UON alumni community reaches all corners of the globe, with more than 135,000 dynamic and diverse achievers in over 120 countries, each making their mark.

The UON Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate innovation, creativity, exceptional leadership of those graduates who inspire others through their local, national and international achievements.

We encourage you to be a part of the Awards and will provide information about our Award finalists and tickets for our gala dinner soon.

The Awards evening is hosted by the University’s Alumni Advisory Committee.

2016 key dates

Participating in the Awards program requires a commitment of time and enthusiasm from all nominees. Participants from previous years have shared with us how rewarding they have found the program and we encourage nominees to note the following key dates for the 2016 program:

22 August 2016 Nominations close
30-31 August 2016 Selection panel
5 September 2016 Announcement of finalists
21 October 2016 Gala dinner

Award categories and selection criteria

The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence recognises an outstanding record of professional excellence in leadership, knowledge and professional practice.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Demonstrate substantial and significant professional contribution to the national and international community through the following:
  1. Leadership, recognition and standing within their field or profession
  2. Advancement of knowledge including research and development in the related knowledge context
  3. Advancement of professional practice.

The Newton-John Award recognises innovation or creativity in any field that has improved cultural life.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Demonstrate innovation or creativity in any field with the emphasis on originality, lasting value, aesthetic value, cultural or social benefit to the community.

The Alumni Award for Exceptional Community Service recognises the work of an outstanding alumni member who has made a significant contribution to their community, and has built or enhanced the reputation of the University of Newcastle and its relationship with the community.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Be part of the University of Newcastle’s alumni community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the University and its community through one or more of the following:
  1. Exchange knowledge and contribute to the development, prosperity and social capital in the region where they reside
  2. Enhance opportunities for students to participate in business/industry/public service and community based programs
  3. Enhance the reputation of the University as one that produces alumni who demonstrate exceptional community service
  4. Expand opportunities for engagement between the University and its community.

The Alumni Award for Regional Leadership recognises a nominee who demonstrates leadership and/or entrepreneurship initiatives with significance in a regional context.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged over 35 years at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate leadership and/or entrepreneurship at a regional, national or international level, in a non-academic sector.

The Alumni Award for National Leadership recognises a nominee who demonstrates leadership and/or entrepreneurship initiatives with national reach.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged over 35 years at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate leadership and/or entrepreneurship at a regional, national or international level, in a non-academic sector.

The Alumni Award for International Leadership recognises a nominee who demonstrates that their role extends beyond the shore of the country in which they reside to produce positive outcomes, or that their position has international influence.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged over 35 years at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate leadership and/or entrepreneurship at a regional, national or international level, in a non-academic sector.

The Indigenous Alumni Award recognises the contributions, outstanding talent and achievements of an Indigenous graduate in their chosen field.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement and/or contribution made by an Indigenous graduate in their chosen field, characterised by initiative and excellence.

The Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award recognises the research achievements of early- and mid-career researchers.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged 35 years or younger at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement and/or contribution to any field of research.

The Young Alumni Award recognises outstanding achievements and contributions by a young graduate.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged 35 years or younger at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement and/or contribution to any field; or
  • Demonstrate initiative and excellence in any other endeavour.

Nomination guidelines and conditions

  • Only alumni of the University of Newcastle may be nominated.
  • A member of alumni may instigate the nomination process on their own behalf, but self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations can be made by University alumni or a member of the public.
  • Alumni can be nominated for more than one award category. Please complete a separate nomination for each category.
  • Permission must be obtained from nominee before submitting a nomination.
  • Nominees may request to be removed from the nomination process at any stage prior to the selection panel.
  • The University reserves the right to disclose the identity of the nominator to the nominee. Should additional information be required for the selection process, the nominator will be contacted.
  • All questions must be completed in full. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
  • Nominations will be assessed by a selection panel which will comprise of members who are both internal and external to the University.
  • The decision of the selection panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • All finalists and unsuccessful nominees will be notified of the outcome of their nomination.
  • Finalists’ and Award recipients’ names, images and nominators’ submissions may be published in any form of media in any context pertaining to the Awards.
  • Finalists and Award recipients will be required to participate in at least one engagement event in Newcastle between 30 October 2016 and 1 November 2017 and will be requested to engage with media requests and marketing campaigns to promote UON and the Alumni Awards program.
  • Alumni cannot win more than one category in any calendar year and cannot win the same category more than once.
  • Nominations are valid for one year.
  • Nominations must be submitted either online or via email to alumni-president@newcastle.edu.au by 11:59pm Monday 15 August 2016.

Definitions and terms

Nominee is the person being nominated for an Alumni Award.

Nominator is the person who nominates another person for an Alumni Award.

Graduate means an individual who has completed a course of study at the University of Newcastle as a domestic, international, undergraduate and/or postgraduate student.

Entrepreneurship is defined as “a person who makes money by starting or running businesses, especially when this involves taking financial risks” and is evidenced by activities such as starting new organisations or revitalising mature organisations - particularly new businesses in response to identified opportunities; undertaking challenges that create significant value for all stakeholders; creating ventures that utilise linkages and innovation; innovative solutions to social problems.

Excellence is defined as “when someone goes beyond the expected and excels”.

Initiative is defined as “enterprise, innovation or determination”. A person with initiative often takes the first step to new ideas or techniques are self-starters and self-motivators.

Leadership is defined as “the person who leads or commands a group, organisation, or country” and is evidenced by the ability to develop a vision; implement strategy and develop it to completion; the ability to motivate peers, build teams, influence policy and/ or development at local, state or federal government levels; participation in key councils, committees; advisory groups; capacity building and transformational ability.

Who are UON alumni?

Section 34-35 of the By-law and section 14 of the Act defines who is a member of the alumni network:

  • Graduates of the University
  • Past and present members of the University Council
  • Past and present members of academic staff
  • Other persons admitted to Convocation under the By-law, including but not limited to certain non-academic members of staff and Honorary Degree recipients and people who live in the Hunter with an equivalent degree
  • Graduates of our former institutions: Newcastle Teachers College; National Art School (amalgamated with NCAE in 1975); Newcastle University College (Tighes Hill); Newcastle Conservatorium of Music; Newcastle College of Advanced Education and the Hunter Institute of Higher Education
  • Study Abroad, Exchange Students and Enabling Program participants are considered Associate Alumni.

About the Alumni Advisory Committee

The AAC is an advisory body established under provisions of the University of Newcastle Act. It is a group of alumni elected by their peers to represent the UON alumni community.

The Committee has an advisory role to the University Council on all matters relevant to alumni and partners with the Office of Alumni and Philanthropy to support alumni development.