The University of Newcastle, Australia

All past award recipients

The Alumni Medal recognises outstanding excellence in leadership, knowledge and professional practice. The Alumni Medal is the highest honour of the University’s Alumni Awards.

Previous recipients include exceptional global leaders in international diplomacy, urban renewal, trade and commerce and life changing medical research.

  • 2018 Dr Gary Quinlan AO
  • 2017 Carla Treloar
  • 2016 Professor Er Meng Hwa
  • 2015 Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin
  • 2014 Geoffrey Bentley
  • 2014 Patricia Davidson
  • 2013 Ross Watts
  • 2012 David Currow
  • 2012 Mark Parsons
  • 2011 Dato'ir DrAbu Bakar Jaafar
  • 2010 Cheong-Chua Koon Hean
  • 2009 Peter Silburn
  • 2008 Sue McNeil
  • 2007 Nicholas Talley
  • 2004 Peter Stutchbury
  • 2003 Joan Cooper
  • 2002 Warren Pengilley
  • 2001 Trevor Waring
  • 2000 Chris Rawlings
  • 1999 Ian Harris
  • 1998 William Jonas
  • 1997 Ken Moss
  • 1996 Wan Rafaei Abdul Rahman
  • 1995 Graeme Halford
  • 1995 Katherine Heinrich
  • 1994 Eileen Doyle
  • 1993 Terry Caelli
  • 1991 Ron MacDonald
  • 1991 Marlene Norst
  • 1990 Peter Ramadge
  • 1989 Alex Harrison
  • 1988 Robert Eather
  • 1987 Peter Cummings

The Newton-John Award recognises innovation and creativity of alumni who have achieved excellence in arts, creative sectors and culture.

The community has been inspired by past recipients working in film and television, leading animation studios and world class photography.

  • 2018 Dr John Doyle AM
  • 2017 Susie Porter
  • 2016 Conjoint Associate Professor Douglas Absalom
  • 2015 Jonathan Biggins
  • 2014 Christian Heim
  • 2013 Karin Catt
  • 2013 Anton Monsted
  • 2012 Linda Bergskas
  • 2011 Julie Squires
  • 2010 Yasser Hamed
  • 2009 Robin McDonald
  • 2008 Philip Matthias
  • 2007 Alexia Sinclair
  • 2004 Samantha Martin
  • 2003 John O'Donoghue
  • 2002 Janice Vadnjal
  • 2001 Eileen Doyle
  • 2000 Helene O'Neill
  • 1999 Geoffrey Leonard
  • 1998 Paul Walsh
  • 1997 Paul Broad
  • 1996 Luise Diessel
  • 1995 Ken Longworth
  • 1994 Marion Halligan
  • 1993 Kevin McDonald
  • 1992 John Robson
  • 1991 Marjorie Biggins
  • 1990 John Mathieson
  • 1988 Kevin Snell
  • 1987 Anne von Bertouch
  • 1986 Brian Gilligan
  • 1985 Vic Rooney
  • 1984 Robert Beal
  • 1983 Roy Gilbert
  • 1982 Trevor Waring
  • 1981 Jess Dyce
  • 1980 Colin Anderson
  • 1979 Alex Young
  • 1978 Mary Callcott
  • 1977 Brian Suters
  • 1976 Errol Hodge
  • 1975 Allan Morris

The Exceptional Community Service Award recognises the work of an outstanding community member who has made a significant impact, and has enhanced the reputation of the University of Newcastle and its relationship with the wider community.

Previous recipients have enriched society through their work in community fundraising, establishing arts and culture, and embedding sustainability models in local society.

  • 2018 Dr Bernard Curran
  • 2017 Dr Joanne McCarthy
  • 2016 Dr Neelam Pradhananga
  • 2015 Dr William Tan
  • 2014 Judy White
  • 2013 Maree Gleeson & William Edward John Paradice
  • 2012 Jennie Thomas
  • 2011 Pauline Chiarelli
  • 2010 Robert Nelson
  • 2009 Pippa Robinson
  • 2008 Greg Hays

The Alumni Award for Regional Leadership requires demonstration of leadership and/or entrepreneurship initiatives with significance in the regions of the University of Newcastle (Newcastle, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Port Macquarie and the Mid-North Coast and the Central Coast).

Past recipients include dynamic leaders in influencing business and commerce, regional health and government.

  • 2018 Bernard Collins
  • 2017 Professor Jenny May AM
  • 2016 Andrew Donaldson
  • 2015 Stewart Dowrick
  • 2014 Susan Ivens
  • 2013 Patricia Forsythe
  • 2012 Frances Gentle
  • 2011 Mohammed Faiz Bin Kamaludin & Anne Wakatama
  • 2010 Andrew Hedges
  • 2009 Jeff McCloy

The Alumni Award for National Leadership requires demonstration of leadership and/or entrepreneurship initiatives with national reach across Australia.

Past recipients include national level leaders across the sectors of arts, health, innovation and public service.

  • 2018 Professor Thomas Borody & Kyle Loades
  • 2017 Dr Richard Denniss
  • 2016 Dr Andrew Walker
  • 2015 Neima Candy
  • 2014 Paul Graham
  • 2013 Idris Abas
  • 2012 Peter Halliday
  • 2011 Denise Goldsworthy
  • 2010 Nick Mitzevich
  • 2009 Ross Gittins

The International Leadership Award Recognises and honours globally based alumni who have excelled in their chosen field with international influence and whose achievements enhance the prestige of the University of Newcastle.

International Award recipients have included global CEOs, influencers in public health, innovators in engineering and energy champions.

  • 2018 Professor Richard Wortley AM
  • 2017 Dr Bryson Bates
  • 2016 Dr Suzanne Hill
  • 2015 Sein-Way Tan
  • 2014 Leonard Brennan & Glenn Kellow
  • 2013 William Lilley
  • 2012 Tiffany See
  • 2011 Andrew Mears
  • 2011 Peter Tay
  • 2010 Wang Shuguang

The Indigenous Alumni Award recognises alumni whose outstanding contribution has demonstrated engagement and impact working with Australian Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Previous recipients include leaders who have made an impact in indigenous education, health and society.

  • 2018 Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker
  • 2017 Associate Professor Aunty Kerrie Doyle
  • 2016 Professor John Maynard
  • 2015 Professor Sandra Eades
  • 2013 Craig Ritchie
  • 2012 Donna Odegaard
  • 2011 Sarah McEwan
  • 2010 Jaquelyne Hughes

The Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award recognises the emerging research accomplishments of early- and mid-career alumni researchers.

Past recipients achievements include impactful research across health, medicine, sport science and the environment. .

  • 2018 Dr Jessica Allen
  • 2017 Dr Andrew Bivard
  • 2016 Dr Andrew Gardner
  • 2015 Dr Natalie Beveridge
  • 2014 Alison Thorburn

Recognises outstanding achievements and contributions by a graduate aged 35 years or younger at the time of nomination.

  • 2018 Peter McArdle
  • 2017 Dr Xanthe Spindler & Dr Malcolm Starkey
  • 2016 Dr Vincent Candrawinata
  • 2015 Rhys Courtney
  • 2014 Jacob Cass
  • 2013 Chandra Clements
  • 2012 Glenn Platt
  • 2011 Nikola Bowden
  • 2010 Sarah Kemp