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2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact made by our alumni. Established in 1991 by the trustees of the former Alumni
Association, they are awarded to alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the
University through outstanding service to the community or who have
made an outstanding contribution in their chosen fields.

Nominations have now closed. Award winners will be announced in late November.

For information about the awards see 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Rules for Nominations or contact us.

View highlights from the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony

On September 9, 2016 the University of Adelaide recognised the achievements of its most outstanding alumni at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. Awards presented at the ceremony included the Distinguished Alumni Award, James McWha Award of Excellence, Honours Alumni University Medal, Postgraduate Alumni and the University Medal and Alumni Fellows.

Hear from the 2016 Award Winners

Jane Sloane

BA 1984, BA Hons 1985

I think an Arts degree has been the most valuable degree I could have drawn upon for the kind of work that I'm doing now.

Multiple award winner who has dedicated much of her life to advancing women’s human rights.

Professor Adrian Cheok

B E (Elec) 1994, PhD (E) 1999

I hope this can inspire young people to do technology and engineering.

A pioneer in mixed reality, Adrian was recognised for his achievements and contribution in the field of computing, engineering and multisensory communication.

Dr Kenneth Collins AM

MBBS 1960

I am very humble to receive this award as I'm an ordinary person who has been given extraordinary opportunities.

Medical practitioner and tireless community worker involved in eradicating polio.

Dr Wolodymyr (Wally) Melnitchouk

B Sc 1988, B Sc Hons 1989, PhD Sc 1994

I've been extremely fortunate that my research has allowed me to address fascinating questions about the work of the universe.

An internationally renowned scientist in nuclear and particle physics.

Timothy Sexton

B Mus 1981, B Mus Hons 1985, Grad Dip Ed 1988

It is wonderful to feel that the contribution I have made has been recognised.

One of Australia’s foremost musicians and innovative artistic directors, Timothy has been recognised for his achievements and contribution in the field of opera and musical theatre direction, production and composition.

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