This annual award, which commenced in 1992 is presented to the recipient at the annual UQ Courting the Greats function in conjunction with the International Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year Awards which are both administered by the UQ Advancement Office.
The Award consists of a most beautiful trophy created by the commissioned UQ sculptor Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM and it’s design is highly symbolic. It is a bronze pinnacle, symbolising achievement, based on a Helidon freestone pillar - hewn from the same stone as the University of Queensland which means it is also very heavy. It also has a bronze fountain motif, recalling the natural world and its chief element water. The UQ's St Lucia campus is cradled in the curve of the Brisbane river and another spiral motif is designed to represent the creativity of the human spirit.
Nominations for the 2013 UQ Alumnus of the Year are now invited. Closing date for nominations to be received is close of business Friday 28th June 2013.
SEE the 2013 NOMINATION FORM for eligibility criteria and details of the nomination process
Eligibility: The Alumnus of the Year should be a person whose distinguished achievements have brought national and/or international recognition to The University of Queensland and in whose development The University of Queensland has had a significant role.
Consideration will be given to the following criteria for eligibility:
- Undergraduate or postgraduate academic record at The University of Queensland e.g. level of award, University Medal, significant prizes and/or scholarships;
- Distinguished career:- Relevant evidence may include positions held, overall career achievements, and/or national and international awards, Community service recognised by Australian, international or other honours.
- Priority will be given to people active in their chosen field within the private and/or public sectors.
Previous recipients of the award have been:
- 1992 David Malouf AO (Author);
- 1993 Professor Peter Doherty AC (Immunologist);
- 1994 Dr Penny Wensley AC (Diplomat);
- 1995 Ms Alison Crook AO (Librarian);
- 1996 Dr Margaret Valadian (Sociologist);
- 1997 Dr-H. Rodney Withers AO (Oncologist);
- 1998 Dr Geoffrey Rush (Film, Television & Theatre);
- 1999 Professor Lawrie Powell AC (Medicine);
- 2000 Professor Martin Green AM (Electrical Engineering);
- 2001 Mr Ted Evans AC (Secretary to the Treasury);
- 2002 Professor Colin Power (International Education);
- 2003 Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer AM CSC (Military);
- 2004 Professor John Pearn AM RFD (Medicine);
- 2005 Dr Andrew Liveris (Chemical Engineering);
- 2006 Dr Nick Earls (Author);
- 2007 Dr Jackie Huggins AM (Academic & Aboriginal activist);
- 2008 Her Excellency Dr Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General (Human Rights & Equality);
- 2009 Ms Else Shepherd AM (Electrical Engineering and Music;)
- 2010 The Hon. Sir Llewellyn Edwards AC (Medicine, 12th UQ Chancellor & World Expo 1988);
- 2011 Dr Dimity Dornan AM (Speech Pathology)
- 2012 Dr Jean Calder AC (Humanitarian Services for the Disabled and Disadvantaged)