2021 Employability Excellence Awards

The University of Newcastle Employability Excellence Awards showcase the students, staff and partner organisations that support our reputation for producing life-ready graduates.

These achievers have been selected from an outstanding field of 90 nominations, and their stories highlight exceptional achievements in Work Integrated Learning, extracurricular activity, entrepreneurship and paid internships.

Congratulations to all on these tremendous achievements.

Video: Welcome to the 2021 Employability Excellence Awards Exhibition

Mikyla Peters

Student Employability Achievement Award

We’re proud to announce Mikyla Peters as the recipient of the 2021 Student Employability Achievement Award.

Ryan Maginnity

Student Intern / Cadet of the Year

Combined Business and Commerce student Ryan Maginnity has been named the Student Intern/Cadet of the Year for 2021.

Ashley Harrison

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student Ashley Harrison is being recognised as the University of Newcastle Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

Highly Commended

Student Employability Achievement Award

  • Maddison Battese
  • Jessica Heaney
  • Salwa

Student Intern/Cadet of the Year

  • Jade Lomax
  • Bohdi Cope

Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year

Michelle Wellard

Michelle Wellard has been awarded the Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year in recognition of her efforts during a hospital placement as part of her Bachelor of Midwifery.

Read Michelle's Story

Krystal Goodman, Kaitlyn Cooper and Sammii Downs

Krystal Goodman, Kaitlyn Cooper and Sammii Downs have collectively achieved themselves the Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year for 2021.

Read Krystal, Kaitlyn and Sammii's Story

Nicholas Harris

Nicholas Harris has been awarded the Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year for his development of an emotional regulation and social skills program for Year 1 and 2 primary school students.

Read Nicholas' Story

Highly Commended

Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year

  • Tiana Leck

Hunter Prelude

New Partner in Employability Award

Childhood Early Intervention Centre Hunter Prelude has been awarded the New Partner in Employability Award for 2021.

Finalists

  • Climate Risk Pty Ltd
  • Gunawirra

Work Integrated Learning Hall of Fame Inductees

Hunter Primary Care

Mental health organisation Hunter Primary Care is being inducted into the Work Integrated Learning Hall of Fame.

Read Hunter Primary Care's Story

Maroba Aged Care

This year, Maroba Aged Care Facility is being inducted into the Work Integrated Learning Hall of Fame.

Read Maroba Aged Care's Story

Rider Levett Bucknall

Rider Levett Bucknall is one of the latest inductees into the Work Integrated Learning Hall of Fame for their dedication to cultivating skilled, career-ready personnel.

Read Rider Levett Bucknall's Story

Central Coast Local Health District - Pharmacy Services

Central Coast Health District (CCLHD) Pharmacy Services is being inducted into the Work Integrated Learning Hall of Fame in recognition of their tremendous efforts in the training and development of pharmacy students.

Read CCLHD - Pharmacy Services' Story

Umwelt Australia

This year, social and environmental consultancy Umwelt Australia are being recognised for their efforts in providing University of Newcastle students with practical work opportunities.

Read Umwelt's Story

Mayfield West Demonstration School

For more than 20 years, Mayfield West Demonstration School has worked closely with the University of Newcastle to nurture generations of teachers and leaders in education.

Read Mayfield West Demonstration School's Story


Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the Year

Professor Philip Morgan

This year, Professor Philip Morgan has been awarded the Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the Year for his Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program.

Read Professor Philip Morgan's Story

Dr Chris Tucker

For the last five years, Dr Chris Tucker has run a unique employability experience in collaboration with Tangentyere Council - an Indigenous organisation in Alice Springs that represents 17 Town Camps.

Read Dr Chris Tucker's Story

Dr Tanmay Bagade

Dr Tanmay Bagade has been awarded the University of Newcastle’s Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the Year for his development of the unique Global Health Pathway course.

Read Dr Tanmay Bagade's Story

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