The University of Newcastle, Australia

Recognising Innovators, Creators and Leaders

Since 1975, the University has celebrated the exceptional leadership and innovation of UON alumni who have inspired others and made a positive contribution to their local, national and international communities. Over 140 alumni have been recognised for their professional and personal dedication to making a profound impact on communities worldwide and inspiring the next generation of UON students.

Nominating alumni for a UON Alumni Award is a wonderful way to recognise their impact and contribution to society. For many of our previous Alumni Award finalists and recipients, the nominations process has also been a step in reconnecting with their UON alma mater and embarking on a lifelong journey together with our students, academics and wider University community.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Alumni Awards, and if you know of amazing alumni, locally and internationally, then do put forward your nominations!

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Award Categories

You can nominate alumni in any of the categories below:

2018 Alumni Award Recipients

The University of Newcastle’s celebrated the fruitful achievements of world-class alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards ‘In Bloom’ gala event in September 2018. This year we had an overwhelming response, with more than 350 alumni and friends returning to the Great Hall at Callaghan campus to celebrate and recognise our 27 Alumni Award recipients and finalists.

2018 Recipient - Gary Quinlan

Dr Gary Quinlan AO

Alumni Medal for Processional Excellence
Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters 2007, Bachelor of Arts 1973

Gary Quinlan is Australia's Ambassador to Indonesia, a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Deputy Secretary, and Australia’s Senior Official to ASEAN and to the East Asia Summit.

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2018 Recipient - John Doyle

Dr John Doyle AM

Newton-John Award
Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters 2001, Bachelor of Arts 1982

John Doyle is an accomplished actor and writer for stage and screen, most known for his alter ego Rampaging Roy Slaven, one half of the duo Roy and HG. John's parallel career as a writer and playwright has also been highly acclaimed.

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2018 Recipient - Kristopher Rallah-Baker

Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker

Indigenous Alumni Award
Bachelor of Medicine 2002

Dr. Kristopher (Kris) Rallah-Baker FRANZCO, a Yuggera/Biri-Gubba-Juru man, is Australia’s first Indigenous Ophthalmologist. He works closely with Indigenous communities by providing quality eye health care that they may not otherwise received. Kris is a founding member  and currently the Vice-President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

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2018 Recipient - Jessica Allen

Dr Jessica Allen

Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry) 2011, Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) 2008

Dr Jessica Allen is a young researcher that is making headway in the critical field of clean energy. Her substantial research is already seeing recognition is the fields of low emission coal, renewable energy systems for biomass and solar thermals, and energy storage.

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2018 Recipient - Richard Wortley

Professor Richard Wortley AM

International Leadership Award
Bachelor of Arts 1978

Over his career of more than 40 years, Dr Richard Wortley has developed an international reputation in the study and prevention of crime. The implementation of his research has led to international changes in situational crime prevention including the creation of the Working with Children Check. Richard started in 1976 as a psychologist In the NSW prison system, where he worked for ten years in a variety of facilities.

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2018 Recipient - Thomas Borody

Professor Thomas Borody

National Leadership Award (joint recipient)
Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology And Microbiology) 2005

Professor Thomas Borody is internationally recognised for his ground-breaking research and innovation in digestive health that has led to hundreds of thousands of treatments, improving the quality of life for countless Australians. In the 1980’s, he was one of the first in Australia to understand the role of microbes and bacteria in a person’s overall health.

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2018 Recipient - Kyle Loades

Mr Kyle Loades

National Leadership Award (joint recipient)
Master of Business Administration 2015, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 2000

Kyle Loades is currently a non-executive director of Credit Union Australia, Chair of Drive Yello, Chair of Hunter Medical Research Institute and a Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at The University of Newcastle. Kyle has complemented his industry experience with continual professional development through formal education including the completion of an MBA at UON, and a Harvard Business School Certificate in Disruptive Strategy and participation in a Transformation Leadership Program at ANU.

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2018 Recipient - Bernard Collins

Mr Bernard (Barney) Collins

Regional Leadership Award
Bachelor of Architecture 1981, Bachelor of Design (Architecture) 1978

Barney Collins is an award-winning architect who has shaped the Newcastle landscape. His landmark projects include The University of Newcastle’s NeW Space and the Newcastle Memorial Walk. These structures brought home four awards at 2018's Australian Institute of Architecture Newcastle Awards and the 2016 National Award for Engineering Excellence at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, respectively.

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2018 Recipient - Bernard Curran

Dr Bernard Curran AM

Exceptional Community Service Award
Doctor of Philosophy 1974, Bachelor of Arts 1968

Dr Bernard (Bernie) Curran has played a central role in The University of Newcastle’s community for more than 40 years. In his time he has been a student, rugby player, committed and dedicated sports leader, academic and teacher, community leader, mentor, fundraiser, active alumni leader, public speaker, strategist, donor, researcher and, most of all, a compassionate friend to many.

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2018 Recipient - Peter McArdle

Mr Peter McArdle

Young Alumni Award
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) 2009

Mr Peter McArdle’s work with the Red Cross has been invaluable to many developing communities affected by natural disaster or conflict. Travelling to places including Vanuatu, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Yemen Peter puts his engineering expertise towards Water, Sanitation, and Habitat engineering.  Peter’s professional life starts at Hunter Water, where he was a Civil Engineer, but he soon moved to apply his expert knowledge to help those in need.

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