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

Alumni Awards

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. 

Nominations have closed and finalists will be announced on Friday 24 July. Watch this space to purchase tickets to the annual Alumni Awards gala event on Friday 23 October where the awards will be presented. 

Are you joining us for Alumni Homecoming? Our 'Key to the Campus' pass includes a ticket to the Alumni Awards. Visit our page for all the details and our limited time early bird special offer.  

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.