The James McWha Award of Excellence

This award recognises outstanding alumni who have graduated from the University of Adelaide within the past 20 years and are making a significant contribution as emerging leaders within their profession or their community.

On Friday 24 November 2017, the University of Adelaide presented The James McWha Award of Excellence to alumna Annabel Crabb at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

2017 James McWha Award of Excellence recipient

Ms Annabel Crabb

Ms Annabel Crabb

Ms Annabel Crabb

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (1997)
A political journalist, author and media personality, Ms Crabb has been a journalist for major print publications in Australia and in London and has won a prestigious Walkley Award.

In recognition of excellence in her career, and being an outstanding role model for other graduates.


  • Ms Nikki LohitnavyBachelor of Oenology (Honours) (2008) - Oenologist and Winemaker
  • Dr Sean WilliamsMaster of Arts (Creative Writing) - PhD (Creative Writing) - Awarded Science Fiction Writer

Download the rules and nomination form here.

For more further information about the award, or if you would like to nominate an alumnus of the University of Adelaide for the 2018 James McWha Award of Excellence, please contact

Previous award recipients

Year Name Degree
2016 Kristofer Helgen PhD (Bio Sc)
2016 Deborah White PhD (Med)
2015 Mark Hutchinson BSc, BSc (Hons), PhD
2015 Christopher Koch BEc, LLB
2014 Kimberley Clayfield BE, PhD
2014 Julian O'Shea BE
2013 Charlie Hargroves BE
2012 Michael Findlay MBBS