Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards 2017 

The 2017 Western Sydney University Alumni Awards formally acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of our graduates. Alumni are a vital part of our story and as we recognise that your success becomes our success both in the local region and across the globe.


Dr Genevieve Nelson, CEO, Kokoda Track Foundation; Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) Chancellor's Alumni Leadership Award recipient (2016).

Award Categories

There are eight award categories in total, seven of which are available for nomination.

The Chancellor's Alumni Leadership Award is the highest honour the Alumni Awards can bestow. This award is not open for application but will be decided at the discretion of the Awards Judging Panel considering nominations for all other award categories. The chosen candidate for this
award will meet the following criteria: 

Chancellor's Alumni Leadership 

Recognises the significant contributions made by alumni in their local communities and beyond. This award is the highest honour the Alumni Awards can bestow. The chosen candidate 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; cultural achievement or leadership; sporting achievement and/or community leadership.
  • Through their professional or voluntary work, the Nominee has made a significant positive
    impact in their community.
  • The Nominee brings credit to Western Sydney University through prominence in their field/profession.
  • 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 or professional work.

Business and Professional Alumni Leadership 

This award is designed to recognise outstanding leaders in the business community, 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 the Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions.
  • The Nominee has contributed significantly to the growth, reach or impact of their organisation or profession.
  • 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.
  • The Nominee demonstrates a sustained contribution to their profession at local, national and /or international level.

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.
  • Through their professional or voluntary work, the Nominee has made a significant positive impact in their community.
  • 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 or graduates and the community at large.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Designed to recognise and celebrate alumni throughout the world who are applying innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to the social, economic, political and environmental challenges facing the world today.

  • The Nominee is a graduate of Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions.
  • The Nominee works to promote and facilitate innovation, demonstrates dedication to industry
    and community outreach, and the tenacity to persevere through business and economic
    challenges.
  • This award will be granted to outstanding inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs from
    around the world.
  • Through their professional or voluntary work, the Nominee has made a significant positive
    impact to the social, economic, political and environmental challenges facing communities –
    locally, nationally and/or internationally.

International Alumni of the Year 

Recognises and honours international alumni who has 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 must have enrolled to study at Western Sydney University or its antecedent institutions as an international student and has been living and working in a country other than Australia for at least 3 consecutive years since graduation.
  • Through their professional or voluntary work, the Nominee has made a significant positive impact in their community.
  • 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 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 to Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities have improved outcomes for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. This award is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander alumni.
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, and through their professional or voluntary work has improved outcomes for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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 in their community – locally, nationally and/or internationally.

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.


The 2016 Western Sydney University Awards were presented on the Parramatta campus at a Black Tie event on Tuesday, 5 April. Congratulations once again to all of our Award Finalists and thank you to all of our exceptional Nominees.

Contact: 

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

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