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Attend an alumni event

Alumni events provide an environment where friendships and links are forged that span the globe. Alumni events seek to provide social and professional networking opportunities and also facilitate ongoing connections with the University, its staff and students.

Check out our facebook page for photos captured at alumni events around the globe and watch this space as we bring you upcoming events.

Upcoming events

UON Faculty dinners in China, 23 - 27 October 2016

Graduates of a UON engineering and information technology related degree are invited to connect with University staff and fellow graduates at special alumni dinners which will be held at a number of locations across China. Only 10 seats available in each location so RSVP quickly to secure your place!

Date: Sunday 23 October 2016, 18:30-20:30hrs
Venue: Crowne Plaza Beijing U-Town, 3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmen

Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016, 18:30-20:30hrs
Venue: Westin Nanjing, 201 Zhongyang Lu

Date: Thursday 27 October 2016, 18:30-20:30hrs
Venue: Marriott Hotel Tomorrow Square, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu

Email to register

Philippines Graduation Recognition Ceremony, 24 October 2016

Graduates of the Master of Human Resource Management (HRM) living in the Philippines, are invited to recognise and celebrate our newest Master of HRM graduates at the 2016 Graduation Recognition Ceremony for The University of Newcastle and De La Salle University!

Join UON staff, students and your fellow alumni for this special event. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Date Monday 24 October 2016, 2 - 4pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Venue Natividad Fajardo-Rosario Gonzales Auditorium 18th Floor, Andrew Hall, De La Salle  University, Taft Avenue, Manila Philippines

Email to register

Hunter Alumni Network Event, 23 November 2016

The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work. – Robert Kiyosaki, author and entrepreneur.

Join us on Wednesday 23 November 2016 for the UON Hunter Alumni Network (HAN) Event and engage in a conversation led by a panel of local UON graduates exploring My Community – My Profession – My Network. We look forward to welcoming you into the conversation and the Hunter Alumni Network.

Purchase your ticket here.

Singapore Alumni reception

Singapore Alumni Cocktail Reception, 26 November 2016

As a valued alumni and supporter of the University of Newcastle (UON), you are warmly invited to join us for the Singapore Alumni Cocktail Reception, celebrating the global impact of the University and its graduates.

We are delighted that the evening is hosted in partnership with UON Singapore and our Singapore Alumni Chapter, led by Chapter President Mr Kaushik Bhanaushali.

Please join us for a wonderful evening of networking with your fellow graduates and UON Faculty leaders over canapés and drinks.

I hope you can join us for this special evening. Register here to attend.

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Malaysia Alumni Reception, 27 November 2016

Graduates in Malaysia are warmly invited to join Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Caroline McMillen for lunch and a wonderful afternoon of networking at the Malaysia Alumni Reception.

The reception will start with a buffet lunch and will include an update from Professor McMillen on the University’s latest achievements, celebrating the global impact of the University and its graduates; including our recent ranking in the top 250 Universities worldwide by both the Time Higher Education and QS Rankings. We are proud to host this event in partnership with the Malaysia Alumni Chapter, led by President Nicole Lim.

Venue Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Time 12.30 – 3pm
Dress Business attire

Purchase your ticket here

Past events

Raising the Bar, 20 October 2016

Quench your thirst for knowledge. Hear exceptional graduates talk about life after university at The Edwards.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges its best and brightest graduates as part of its annual Alumni Awards program. You're invited to hear from a handful of 2016 finalists who will present short talks on their remarkable journey since graduation. Join us as we hear more about the lessons they've learned on their path to success.

Our speakers include a music executive who has launched the careers of some of Australia's hottest bands, an Australian Paralympic medallist and the CEO who stewarded a national social change movement to prevent violence against women.

Please register here to attend. Registration is free, but if you donate to UON's Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund your first drink is on us!

The Power of Networks, 25 August 2016

Instead of better glasses, your network gives you better eyes
Ronald Burt, Sociologist and Professor, University of Chicago

How much more could you learn by tapping into your networks? What is the benefit of developing your professional network?

Join Professor Ann Brewer, Dean of University of Newcastle, Sydney Campus and our diverse panel of UON graduates in discussion on the power of networks in your career.

Hosted at UON’s Sydney Campus, enjoy a tour of our new facilities and catch up with your fellow UON alumni over canapés and drinks.

Date: Thursday 25 August 2016
Time: 6 - 8pm (6pm canapés for 6.30pm start)
Venue: UON Sydney, 55 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free
RSVP: Register by Wednesday 24 August 2016

Eventbrite - Why talk about madness?

Limited place available – RSVP quickly to secure your place to this free event

Guest speakers include:

Dean of University of Newcastle, Sydney Campus

As an Organisational Psychologist and qualified executive coach, Ann will talk on the power of professional networks. Ann is the author of eight books, most recently on leadership, coaching and mentoring, and over 50 publications in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Read more

Head of Operations Australia and NZ, Audible (Amazon)
Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) 2001

Matthew is the Australian and New Zealand lead for Audible, an Amazon Company. Audible - the Netflix or Spotify for spoken word - is the world’s largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment. In this role Matthew is responsible for developing Audible’s business across Australia and New Zealand, whilst managing the Australian-based team.

Prior to Audible, Matthew led Edelman Australia where he managed a team of 100 public relations, digital amd advertising consultants. He had worked with clients such as Telstra, Samsung, Commonwealth Bank, Audi and Nivea, among others.

Non-Executive Director, State Super - SAS Trustee Corporation
Bachelor of Commerce 1985

Swati is an experienced banking and finance executive with an established track record of successfully leading complex front line businesses in Australia, UK and Singapore. She has over 30 years’ experience gained at National Australia Bank, Deutsche Bank, AMP Henderson Global Investors, Bankers Trust, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank.

Solicitor (Intellectual Property) at King & Wood Mallesons
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2012/ Diploma in Legal Practice 2012, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 2010

Luke Hawthorne is an intellectual property and litigation lawyer based in Sydney. His ability to meet the challenges of working on a complex, protracted case was recognised by Australian Lawyers Weekly, who named him a Finalist for the ‘Young Gun’ of 2014 in the Australian Law Awards. In 2016 he was named a finalist for the Australian Lawyers Weekly ’30 Under 30’.

Shanghai Career Seminar and Expo, 27 August 2016

Don’t miss this opportunity to kick-start your career and catch up with fellow UON graduates at the upcoming Career Seminar and Expo in Shanghai!

The event will start at 11am with a special gathering of UON graduates at Sasha’s Shanghai where you will be able to reconnect with classmates over nibbles and enjoy a short talk by Lock-in China on how to make the most of the following career expo!

Afterwards, the group will head to the first ever Shanghai Graduate Career Expo! The expo will involve interactive workshops, presentations and a Q&A session on the current job market, as well as a chance to meet over 40 participating companies including Apple, HP, Paypal, Starbucks, and Bank of Communications!

To RSVP, email with your name, UON degree, and mobile number by 22 August to secure your place!

UON Alumni Catch-up + LockIn China Talk (only 25 places available!)
Date: Saturday 27 August, 2016
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Venue: Sasha's Shanghai 萨莎花园
11 Dongping Road, (CNR Hengshan Rd)
Shanghai, 200031 上海市徐汇区东平路11号(近衡山路口)

followed by…

AustCham Graduate Career Expo (all welcome)
Date: Saturday 27 August, 2016
Time: 1pm – 5pm (graduates can leave the expo early if desired)
Venue: Crowne Plaza Shanghai  上海银星皇冠假日酒店
400 Pan Yu Road, Shanghai 200052
400 番禺路长宁区上海市 200052

UON is coming to London

London Alumni Reception, 29 June 2016

As a valued alumni of the University, you are warmly invited to join us at a reception celebrating the global impact of the University and our graduates.

We will be celebrating UON’s standing as a global leader in the higher education sector and distinguished by our ongoing commitment to equity and excellence. In attendance will be UON Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Caroline McMillen as well as UON Faculty leaders.

This special evening will be held at Australia House.  Officially opened by King George V in 1918, Australia House is the oldest Australian diplomatic mission and the longest continuously occupied foreign mission in London.

Drinks and canapés will be served.

We would love meet with you and share your experience of living and working in the United Kingdom.

Date: Wednesday 29 June 2016
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Australia House, The Strand, London WC2B 4LA
Dress: Business attire
RSVP: Below by the Thursday 23 June or for further information please contact

Brisbane Alumni Catch-up, 30 May 2016

Alumni in Brisbane invited to an informal meet-up at Riverbar and Kitchen hosted by Professor Mick McManus, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT and Professor Simon Dennis, Head of the School of Psychology.

Connect with a community of alumni in the disciplines related to Mick and Simon's diverse areas of expertise which includes psychology, medicine, healthcare, mathematics, science, IT and linguistics.

Join us for intriguing conversations over post-work nibbles and a drink overlooking the beautiful Brisbane River.

Date: 6pm - 8pm, Monday 30 May 2016
Venue: Riverbar and Kitchen, 71 Eagle St, Brisbane
Cost: Free
RSVP: Email by 23 May to secure your place

About Professor Mick McManus
As an expert in pharmacology and toxicology, Professor McManus has served on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Research on Cancer Working Group on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans amongst other national and international advisory boards and research groups. Read more...

About Professor Simon Dennis
Professor Simon Dennis holds qualifications in computer science, mathematics and psychology and his research expertise is in human memory and language processing. He is also involved in information retrieval and machine learning research. Read more...

Norway Australian Alumni Reception, 9 March 2016

Kjære Norske Alumni! As a graduate of UON, you are invited to join The Australian Ambassador HE Mr Damien Miller to ‘Reconnect with Australia’; a special reception for graduates of Australian Universities living in Norway!

The Australian government is committed to growing a global Australian alumni community by enabling alumni to engage more readily with Australia, and to connect with each other.

Reconnect with Australia Reception:
Date: 4.30 – 6.30pm, Wednesday 9 March 2016
Venue: Amalie Skram Room, 2nd floor, Litteraturhuset, Weigelandsveien 29, Oslo
Attire: Business
Menu: Australian wine and light canapés
Cost: Free
RSVP: Email alumni by Monday 29 February with your full name, UON degree and  current employment details.

Please note, as the Australian Embassy is hosting this reception the details you provide in your RSVP will be shared with the Embassy to help facilitate your attendance at this event.

Port Macquarie Alumni Reception, 18 February 2016

UON alumni in Port Macquarie are invited to welcome new graduates to their growing community with an evening of canapés, drinks and networking.

Come along to share stories with fellow alumni, and meet University, business and community leaders.

Date: Thursday 18 February 2016
Venue: Glasshouse, corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free
Registrations close Friday 12 February

RSVP now