UQ alumni awards for 2018
10 August 2018

The University of Queensland’s 2018 Alumni Awards have recognised a broad range of leaders who have made exemplary contributions in fields ranging from science to social enterprise.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the awards acknowledged outstanding alumni who had created change.

“The exceptional alumni honoured this year have driven social change through advocacy and journalism, pioneered new medical treatments, and steered game-changing companies and initiatives,” Professor Høj said.

“The work of the award recipients has had a profound impact both here in Queensland and around the world.”

The UQ Alumni Awards will be presented at the annual Courting the Greats ceremony on 17 October, where the UQ Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year will also be acknowledged.

The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards will be presented to:

The award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee led by Professor Høj.

“This year’s recipients have contributed to the community not just through their work, but also through their generosity of spirit,” he said.

“They have committed extensive resources to help society’s most vulnerable and to cultivate the next generation of students, researchers and advocates.

“Many of the alumni honoured this year have pivoted in their careers to take advantage of emerging opportunities and trends.

“UQ equips our graduates with critical-thinking and problem-solving skills they’ll need to navigate the changing world and move between current and emerging careers.”

The 2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients:

  • Mr Cameron Bellamy (King’s College 2006-2007) – an endurance athlete and entrepreneur who has succeeded in social enterprise and commercial ventures.
  • Ms Zoe Black (International House 2003) – a social enterprise leader with a passion for mental health and empowering vulnerable people as the co-founder and CEO of the Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation.
  • Mr Alborz Fallah – a successful young entrepreneur with a passion for mentoring, best known for founding CarAdvice.com, and the inaugural UQ Idea Hub entrepreneur in residence.
  •  Ms Alison (Ali) Rae – an award-winning international journalist and news producer with Al Jazeera Media Network.

International Alumnus of the Year

Indigenous Community Impact Award

  • Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop – an advocate for social justice and reform with extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland, and the first Torres Strait Islander awarded a PhD from UQ.

Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award

  • Mr David Crombie AM (Emmanuel College 1962-1965) – a leader in Australian agricultural innovation and industry.

The UQ Alumnus of the Year and UQ Graduate of the Year Awards – both created and supported by the Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc – will also be presented at the Courting the Greats ceremony.

UQ Alumnus of the Year

  • Emeritus Professor Helene Marsh (Women’s College 1964) – a conservation biologist and climate change advocate who supports the advancement of young research scientists.

UQ Graduate of the Year                                                                 

  • Dr Bethany Holt – Bachelor of Arts ’12 and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ’17. She was Faculty of Medicine Valedictorian and a University medallist, and is an international medical volunteer.

UQ Sport, Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards

The UQ Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year will be celebrated for their excellence in sport and their contributions to university life.

Sportswoman of the Year:

  • Ms Gabrielle Simpson – current captain of the Queensland Firebirds and co-vice-captain of the Australian Netball Diamonds.

Sportsman of the Year:

  • Mr Michael Mercieca - a gymnast who has represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, World University Games, and Pacific Rim Championships.

Full details of The University of Queensland 2018 Alumni Award recipients can be found at alumni.uq.edu.au/awards/alumni

Media: Advancement Marketing and Communications Manager Mark Schroder, m.schroder@uq.edu.au, 0403 481 758.