Town & Gown 2018

Town & Gown Gala Dinner 2018 will be an evening of celebration and distinction.

Message from the Chancellor

I warmly invite you to an evening of celebration and distinction at Town & Gown 2018. Hosted by Ray Martin and showcasing our prestigious Alumni Awards, we’ll celebrate the achievements of Western Sydney University.

Following the phenomenal success of our first Town & Gown Gala dinner, the 2018 event will focus on health and medical research with proceeds going to cutting-edge health and medical research projects at Western.

By supporting this event, you will be enabling us to unlock the potential in our region that is right here at our fingertips. 

The formal gala dinner will give you an opportunity to mingle, be entertained by live performances, and dance the night away.

I encourage you to join us for this important occasion.

Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor

Western Sydney University    

Event Information


Saturday 20 October 2018


6:00pm – 10:30pm


Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Gardens    


Black tie

A video message of thanks from four of our scholarship recipients who are also refugees.

To book a table, or to find out more information about sponsorship.

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Event Sponsorship

There are exclusive sponsorship opportunities available with benefits including pre-dinner VIP reception, VIP seating, corporate branding and promotion.

To find out more information, please download our sponsorship brochure or contact the Office of Advancement on +61 2 9685 9511.

A world class University with a vision for a healthier tomorrow

Western Sydney University began with the mission to be a university of international standing and outlook, achieving excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and service to local and international communities, beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney.

This mission still stands true today. Western is ranked in the top two percent of universities in the world, with a growing reputation for outstanding research. With a focus on health and medical research, Town & Gown will assist by supporting Western’s world-class research.

Western has rapidly developed a reputation for the high quality of its health and medical research – research on chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and dementia; diseases that are having a diabolical impact on Australians today.

Our research is increasingly ranked at ‘above world standard’ by the Excellence in Research for Australia rankings.

Naturally, we want to expand our quality medical programs and research projects which will directly impact and leave a lasting legacy for the Western Sydney Community. Over the next ten years we will be continuing to focus on real world issues. With the promise of real time research breakthroughs, our School of Medicine is supporting a healthier region, nation and globe.

Event History

Western Sydney University shone bright and put on a brilliant showcase of Western Sydney talent at the inaugural ‘Town & Gown Dinner’ in 2016. The aim of this event was to raise funds to support Refugee Scholarships.

This was a hugely successful evening, with over $500,000 raised as a result of donations from table purchases and subsequent gifts from attendees. For this we are very grateful.

This support has already empowered our students, with nine Western Sydney University Refugee Scholarships, funded by the proceeds from the Town & Gown Dinner, being awarded in 2017. There are still at least 10 more Scholarships still to be awarded.

We could not have provided so many students with these opportunities without the generous support of our attendees.


Presenting our Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards program acknowledges and celebrates the exceptional achievements of our outstanding graduates. This year, the Alumni Awards will be presented at the Town & Gown Gala Dinner.

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.

If you would like find out more about the Alumni Awards program, or you would like to nominate an outstanding graduate, visit our Alumni Awards page.

Highlights from our Alumni Awards.