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Recognising exceptional graduates

Nominations are now closed.

The University of Newcastle (UON) is proud of its graduates and we celebrate their achievements, at home and abroad. Reaching all corners of the globe, the UON alumni community includes more than 135,000 dynamic and diverse achievers across 139 countries.

The UON Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate innovation, creativity and the exceptional leadership of 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.

2017 key dates

6 March 2017 Nominations open
10 April 2017 Nominations close
5 May 2017 Announcement of finalists
28 July 2017 Gala dinner and recipients announced

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 requires demonstration of 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 level, in a non-academic sector.

The Alumni Award for National Leadership requires demonstration of 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 national level, in a non-academic sector.

The Alumni Award for International Leadership requires a nominee to demonstrate 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 an 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.

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.