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

Alumni Awards

Congratulations 2015 recipients 

We are proud to announce nine recipients of the University of Newcastle's 2015 Alumni Awards

Recipients were announced at a gala event at the University's Great Hall on Friday 23 October, hosted by Australian actor, writer, radio presenter, comedian and proud UON graduate, John Doyle. Read the press release.

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 there were 30 finalists across nine categories:

For media enquiries, contact Manager of Communications and Engagement, Niki Hennessy on +61 2 4985 4980 or

For general enquiries or to nominate for the 2016 Awards, 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.