Distinguished Alumni Awards

Recognising alumni who have significantly contributed to their communities and professions.

Our Distinguished Alumni are a rich and diverse pool of leaders and innovators who, through their outstanding accomplishments, have improved the lives of others and significantly contributed to their communities and professions. 

These are the contemporary and the legendary; the entrepreneurial and the humanitarian; the philosophical and the technical talent. They are exemplars of the University of Adelaide success story and a great source of internal pride and inspiration.

Three categories were awarded in 2019: Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Award, Tirkapena Alumni Award and the James McWha Rising Star Award.


2019 recipients

Ms Hannah Wandel

Hannah founded the not-for-profit organisation Country to Canberra, which runs nationwide programs that provide education, leadership and mentorship opportunities for rural teenage girls.

Dr James Muecke AM

James is an eye surgeon who has made it his life's work to fight blindness in low-income countries. James' not-for-profit organisation Sight For All has made significant steps towards eliminating blindness in Asia.

Dr Claudia Paul

Claudia is a Wiradjuri woman from Broken Hill who hopes to establish a surgical outreach service for rural and remote areas. Claudia is the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC

Denise's contributions to higher education policy have changed the face of the Australian tertiary sector. She led a national review of the higher education system which resulted in the Bradley Report.

Dr Michael Llewellyn-Smith AM KStJ JP

Michael is an architect, town planner and city manager who has helped to shape cities in Australia and overseas. He has also been a teacher, visiting guest lecturer and a member of the University of Adelaide Council.

Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

As a Senior Medical Research Scientist, Kristin's work focuses on tobacco avoidance and aims to close the gap between clinical research trials and real-world patient care. 

Further information

For more further information about the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards, please contact alumni@adelaide.edu.au