Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award

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.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged 35 years or younger at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement and/or contribution to any field of research.

Beryl Nashar, Australian pioneer for women in STEMMProfessor Beryl Nashar AO, OBE was a pioneer of women in STEMM. Born in Maryville in 1923, the eldest of four children, Beryl was an outstanding school student. She completed her Leaving Certificate at Newcastle Girls High School, topping the state in biology, and went on to become the first in her family to go to university. She completed an honours science degree at the University of Sydney, winning the university medal and receiving a research scholarship.

After one day in a teaching role at Hunter Girls High School, Beryl was offered a position at the University of Tasmania - which she accepted.

“Beryl went on to achieve more firsts in Australia: she was the first woman to be awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship, first woman to earn a PhD in geology from an Australian university and then, became the first female Dean at an Australian university – here at the University of Newcastle.”

Beryl published four books and 30 research papers. She was on the board of directors for the Royal Newcastle Hospital for 16 years, as well as the Faculty of Medicine and the Greater Newcastle Building Society. She was actively involved with the Federation of Business and Professional Women, holding the role of international president in 1974.

2020 Recipient
Dr Kcasey McLoughlin

Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Law School
Doctor of Philosophy (Politics) 2016
Bachelor of Laws / Diploma in Legal Practice 2009
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 2007

Dr Kcasey McLoughlin

Kcasey McLoughlin is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Newcastle Law School. Her research, broadly defined, concerns the extent to which law can be used as a tool for equality. She has contributed to and shaped important and timely public and scholarly debates about the importance of diversity in public institutions and her expertise has been recognised by policymakers, media outlets and community groups.

Dr McLoughlin was awarded the 2017 Australian Political Studies Association Best PhD Prize for her thesis ‘Situating Women Judges on the High Court of Australia: Not just men in skirts?’ Her first book ‘Women Judges and the Gender Order: Lessons from the High Court of Australia’ (Routledge, 2021) further extends her pathbreaking doctoral research.

In the post-doctoral stage of her career Kcasey has extended the reach of her research to strengthening gender justice internationally. Her ARC Discovery Project with leading scholars Prof Louise Chappell (Director, Human Rights Institute, UNSW) and Dr Rose Grey (USyd) advances Australia's commitment to gender justice internationally by addressing the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) poor conviction record for sexual and gender-based (SGB) crimes.

Her status as an emerging research leader was further recognised in 2019 with her nomination for the Academy of Social Sciences Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research.

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