Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards program acknowledges and celebrates the exceptional achievements of our outstanding graduates.

Nominations are now open for 2018 - Nominate Online Now

At Western we recognise that our alumni are a vital part of our story and as we look to the future, we aim to continue to build upon a dynamic and innovative culture that secures success. Alumni are an important part of the next stage of our development as a vibrant university with regional, national and international impact. The Alumni Awards program has been designed to showcase the best and brightest graduates who have become trailblazers and leaders, demonstrating excellence throughout their careers, and building on the foundation provided by Western.

We are excited to announce that the Alumni Awards this year will be presented at three prestigious events, including the Town & Gown Gala Dinner, to be hosted by Ray Martin. For more information on the Town & Gown Gala Dinner (opens in a new window), visit our website.

Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards open on 3 April and will run for a period of 8 weeks, until 3 June 2018. See the Nominations section of this website for more information or Nominate Online Now.

Award Categories

There are seven award categories in total, six of which are open for nomination.

Chancellor’s Alumni of the Year

This award recognises the significant contributions made by alumni in their local communities and beyond. This is the highest honour the Alumni Awards can bestow. The award is not open for application but will be decided at the discretion of the awards judging panel when considering nominations for all other award categories.

Candidates chosen for this award will meet the following criteria:

  • The nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions
  • The nominee has made a sustained and significant contribution in one or more of the following areas: professional achievement, art and cultural achievement or leadership, sporting achievement, research and/or community leadership
  • The nominee has made a significant contribution to enrich and benefit society's development, prosperity and social capital through their community, above and beyond their role in their chosen field of employment
  • The nominee brings credit to Western Sydney University through prominence in their field/ profession nationally or internationally
  • The nominee has achieved sustained success over their career that is noteworthy and exceptional
  • The nominee demonstrates leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteering, community, research or professional work

Professional Excellence

This award is designed to recognise outstanding leaders within their industry, profession or field of research who have achieved sustained success throughout their career that is noteworthy and exceptional.

Nominations must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • The nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions
  • The nominee has contributed significantly to the growth, reach or impact of their industry, profession, or field of research
  • The nominee works to promote and facilitate innovation, demonstrates dedication to industry, and the tenacity to persevere through challenges
  • The nominee has made a significant positive impact to the social, economic, political and environmental challenges facing communities – locally, nationally and/or internationally

Nominations must meet one or more of the following selection criteria:

  • The nominee has demonstrated outstanding personal achievement to affect a major turnaround or improvement in the performance of their organisation or the contribution of their profession, and/or
  • The nominee has made outstanding achievements

Young Alumni

Recognises young alumni whose early accomplishments inspire and provide leadership to students and fellow graduates.

Nominations must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • The nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions
  • The nominee is 35 years of age or younger at the time of award nomination closing date
  • The nominee’s accomplishments raise their profile and standing within their community and/or bring greater recognition to their profession
  • The nominee demonstrates leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteering, community or professional work
  • The nominee’s work and/or contribution in their community is likely to be an inspiration to the next generation of graduates and the community at large

International Alumni Leadership

Recognises and honours international alumni who have excelled in their chosen field and whose accomplishments enhance the prestige of Western Sydney University.

Nominations must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • The nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University, its antecedent institutions, or an approved offshore partner institution
  • The nominee is living and working in a country other than Australia and is making a significant contribution to international society through community service and/or professional achievements
  • The nominee’s accomplishments raise their profile and standing within an international community and/or bring greater recognition to their profession
  • The nominee demonstrates leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteering, community or professional work
  • The nominee demonstrates the ability to influence decisions within a variety of contexts, for example, within government, industry or through advocacy efforts

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Impact

Recognises alumni whose outstanding contribution has demonstrated engagement and impact working with Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities within Greater Western Sydney and/or beyond.

Only nominees who have established Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status will be considered for this award.

Nominations must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • The Nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions.
  • The nominee has made an outstanding contribution to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities in Greater Western Sydney and/beyond, and through their professional or voluntary work has demonstrated how their contribution has benefited Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and in turn their communities.
  • Proof of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander Status must be supplied by the nominee at the time of nomination submission.

In order to establish Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander status, individuals shall provide documentary evidence in accordance with the Western Sydney University Recruitment and Selection Policy(opens in a new window). Please note the relevant section on begins on page 10.

Community Champion

Recognises the personal contributions that alumni have made to the enrichment and benefit of society through their community service.

Nominations must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • The nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions
  • The nominee has made a significant contribution to enrich and benefit society’s development, prosperity and social capital through their community, above and beyond their role in their chosen field of employment

Hawkesbury Alumni

Recognises alumni who have excelled in their professional career, community life, international affairs or business.

Nominations must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • The nominee is a graduate of Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Hawkesbury College of Advanced Education, or from one of the academic units of the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University
  • The nominee’s work, whether professional or voluntary, demonstrates a significant positive impact on their profession and/or community – locally, nationally and/or internationally

Nominations

The awards are open to all graduates of Western Sydney University and its antecedent institutions. Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards will open on 3 April 2018 and will run for a period of 8 weeks, until 3 June 2018.

Nominations are now open for 2018 - Nominate Online Now

Download the Nominations Booklet(opens in a new window) where you will find details on the 2018 Awards Categories and Criteria as well as the Terms and Conditions for nominations.

If you would like to nominate an outstanding Western Graduate when the nominations period opens on 3 April 2018, simply go to our online Nomination Form and fill out the relevant details. Keep in mind that you will need to address the criteria and provide supporting documents as well as references when nominating.

Alternatively, nominations can also be submitted electronically by email or in hard copy using the PDF nomination form(opens in a new window).

For more information, please read the Nominations Booklet, call the Office of Alumni Relations on +61 2 9685 9500 or send us an email at alumniawards@westernsydney.edu.au.

FAQs

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, you may nominate yourself, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for the award you plan to enter.

Can I enter as many times as I like?

There is no limit to the number of people you can nominate, as long as they are graduates of Western Sydney University and its antecedent institutions, and meet the criteria of the award, however, you can only nominate each alumni once per category. Repeated nominations won't affect entry or judging results.

Who can be a referee? Do I need to fill out this section?

As the nominator, you may be listed as one of the two referees required per nomination. However, when self-nominating, both referees should be other people who know you as the nominee and you cannot be your own referee. The referees must be contactable during the judging period and are expected to maintain confidentiality regarding the nomination. Nominations must be accompanied by two written references as outlined in the Conditions of Entry. Referees must supply their contact details in conjunction with the letter of reference and may be contacted to verify their reference.

Should I tell the person I'm nominating them?

Nominators are to ensure that the nominees are aware of the Conditions of Entry for the Alumni Awards and obtain from the nominee all necessary authorizations, consent, documents and undertakings to meet the Conditions of Entry as required by the University.

What happens after nominations have closed?

Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday, 21 December 2016. The judging panel will then convene to shortlist nominees for each category. Up to three Finalists will be selected for each Award. Winners and their nominators, and all other nominators will be personally contacted.

How will the finalists and winners be announced?

Award recipients will be announced by email and on the alumni awards website prior to the presentation ceremony where award winners will be awarded. Winner stories and photos will be published online.

I am the winner of an alumni award in previous year, can I nominate myself again?

Previous award winners are not eligible for renomination in the same award category. Unsuccessful nominees and finalists may re-nominate in subsequent years.


Contact

Office of Advancement and Alumni
+61 2 9685 9500
alumniawards@westernsydney.edu.au
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

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