Alumni Awards

Showcasing Western's biggest success stories: our graduates.

At Western we recognise that our alumni are a vital part of our story. As we look to the future, we aim to continue to build upon a dynamic and innovative culture that secures successs with regional, national and international impact.

The Alumni Awards campaign is designed to celebrate success in its many forms and to showcase the impact our graduates' achievements have made on the community, the nation and the globe.

Please note: We are looking forward to bringing the Alumni Awards event back and updated details will become available closer to the date.

Award Categories

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

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

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

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

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

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.
  • Proof of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander Status must be supplied by the nominee at the time of nomination submission
  • 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.

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. Please note the relevant section on begins on page 10.

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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 authorisations, consent, documents and undertakings to meet the Conditions of Entry as required by the University.

After nominations have closed, 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.

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.

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

Nominations

Nominations are currently closed.

Download the Nominations Booklet to find details on the last 2018 Awards Categories and Criteria as well as the Terms and Conditions for nominations.

Previous winners

  • Professor Syed Ziaur Rahman - International Alumni Leadership
    Doctor of Philosophy – Medicine, 2015
    Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Aligarh Muslim University
  • Mr David Goodfellow - Hawkesbury Alumni
    Master of Applied Science (Agriculture and Rural Development), 1995
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Systems Agriculture)
    Chief Executive Officer, AustOn
  • Mr Shane Kennelly - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Impact Award
    Master of Business Administration, 2008
    Managing Director, Kennelly Constructions
  • Mr Ahmad Al Rady - Young Alumni
    Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)/ Master of Podiatric Medicine, 2017
    Bachelor of Medical Science, 2012
    Podiatrist, Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health.
  • Mrs Faten El Dana OAM - Community Champion
    Master of Arts (TESOL), 2008
    Head of the Language Department, Al Amanah College
  • Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward - Professional Excellence
    Master of Management, 2000
    Diploma of Health Science (Nursing), 1991
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • Professor Iona Novak - Chancellor's Alumni of the Year
    Doctor of Philosophy, 2009
    Master of Science (Honours) Health, 2005
    Head of Research, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, University of Sydney
  • Matthew Batten, Business and Professional Leadership Alumni Award
    Bachelor, Visual Arts, 1993
    National Executive Creative Director, Edge
  • Luke Martin, Young Alumni Award
    Bachelor of Design, Visual Communications, 2007
    Creative Director, Facebook, Silicon Valley
  • Dr Sameer Dixit, International Alumni of the Year Award
    PhD Science and Health, 2005
    Founding Director of Research, Centre for Molecular Dynamics Nepal
  • Dr Trung Qui Ly, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alumni Award
    Bachelor of Business, Hospitality, 1994
    Founder and Managing Director, Nam An Group
  • Dr Anita Heiss, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Impact Alumni Award
    PhD Communication and Media, 2001
    Director, Curringa Communications
  • Ruth Morrison, Community Champion Alumni Award
    Master of Education, 1991
    Rotary Club of Narellan, Secretary
  • Ms Carmel Hourigan, Hawkesbury Alumni Award
    Bachelor of Business, Land Economics, 1992
    Head of Property, AMP Capital Investors Ltd
  • Sarah-Grace Williams, The Chancellor's Leadership Alumni Award
    Bachelor of Art, Music, major Orchestral and Choral Conducting, First Class Honours, 2000
    Founding Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, the Metropolitan Orchestra
  • Chancellor's Alumni Leadership Award, Dr Genevieve Nelson
  • Young Alumni Award, Mr Peter Hope
  • International Alumni of the Year, Dr Kamaludeen Nasir
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, Mr David Southon
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Impact Award, Mr Jarred Hodges
  • Community Champion Alumni Award, Ms Betty Green
  • Hawkesbury Alumni Award, Professor John Longworth
  • Former Staff Excellence Award, Dr Rae Luckie