Alumni Award for Exceptional Community Service

2018 Recipient - Dr Bernard Curran AM, 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.

Bernie worked as a lecturer at The University of Newcastle from 1976 to 2001, teaching classics. During these years he was heavily involved in the culture of the University, and from 1989 to 1996 he established, and was the Foundation Warden for, Evatt House, a residential college for country students.

In 1983, he became the University Rugby Club President and held the position for five years. He was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 1987, with a University Colour in 1988 in recognition of his exceptional contribution. Bernie still wanders down to watch games at Number 1 Oval, affectionately referred to as the Bernie Curran Oval by the rugby club.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.