Welcome Alumni

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The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment is at the forefront of addressing global challenges that call for better quality food, and more of it, while reducing carbon emissions and water expenditure. Through our world-class research and training, we are producing graduates with the leadership skills to ensure food security and sustainable natural resource management for the future.

As our alumni, you are a crucial part of the Faculty, and the wider University of Sydney community, and we encourage you to keep in touch with us as we continue to build support for our graduates and the priorities of the Faculty.

Through the Agriculture and Environment Alumni Association, we hope to preserve alumni connections through regular reunions and the annual Faculty Alumni Awards Program, and have established key alumni advisory roles within the University. Find out who the Agriculture Association Executive Members are, and see below for resources and opportunities to help you stay connected with us.

Your Favorite Teachers

Earlier this year SAM invited alumni to nominate those lecturers, tutors and other teaching staff who left an indelible mark on their student experience. The response has been overwhelming. Here we publish the full list of those teachers, across the faculties, whose skill, care and character made a difference.


Philippa Tolmie (BAgSc ’91)
Associate Professor Tony Koppi and Professor Alex McBratney are the reasons I chose to concentrate on Soil Science in the late 1980s. Their teaching styles were very different, but their unbridled enthusiasm for teaching, their passion for soil and its study, and their ability to convey that passion to undergraduates inspired me to follow them into soil science. It is a decision I have never regretted in my 20-year career as a research soil scientist. Implicit in their instruction was the notion that soil science had meaning in the ‘real’ world – that soil scientists could make a difference. Alex’s long standing involvement in the Australian and international soil science communities and Tony’s work in education research are, to me, more evidence of this.

Philip Minter (BSc ’51)
Dr Anthony Woodhill was a lecturer in Entomology in the Faculty of Agricultural Science. In 1938 Tony went to Cambridge to study for a doctorate and when World War II broke out he returned with his family to the University of Sydney. I enrolled in Entomology under him in 1949. I received a high distinction in that class and then went on to study for honours. Woodhill recommended that I undertake a thesis on the Australian bush fly, Musca vetustussma. Even though this is the most widely distributed insect in Australia, I became only the second person to conduct any formal research on it.

Read the full article published in the November 2014 issue of SAM.

2014 Alumni Awards (University wide)

The annual Alumni Awards program honours some of Australia’s foremost thinkers and brightest achievers by recognising and celebrating how their exceptional contributions, innovation and generosity of spirit have enriched the lives of others.

One of this year's recipient is 2010 Faculty Inaugural Alumni Award winner for International Achievement:

Adjunct Professor Barry McCleary
BScAgr ’72 PhD(Agriculture) ’76 DAgr ’89

Winner of the Alumni Award for International Achievement in recognition of his contribution to the enrichment of society through his commitment to improving food quality throughout the world.

McCleary’s company Megazyme International has revolutionised food quality analysis globally and is regarded as producer of the international gold standard analytical test kits for the food and beverage industries.

McCleary has combined scientific innovation, professional achievement and commercial success with great distinction. “I believe that, from the outset, I wanted my work to have practical relevance - I wanted to do something that would help the industry I supported,” he says.

Over the past five years, approximately 60 new test kitshave been developed based on the enzymes produced, revolutionising analyses in the cereals, food, dairy and wine industries. McCleary is currently developing capabilities that will allow Megazyme to contribute to biofuels research.

Read the full story.

Support the University

INSPIRED – the Campaign to Support the University of Sydney will see us raise $600 million to fund the pursuit of ideas that will shape the world in which we live.

Find out more about how we are supporting the futures of our students, academics, research and Indigeous pathways, plus how we plan to preserve and improve our buildings and facilities to provide first-class teaching and research centres.

Stay connected

Connect with the University of Sydney and its more than 280,000 alumni worldwide by visiting the Alumni website. Here you can keep up-to-date with the latest news, events, and special offers on offer to alumni, plus access exlusive online content from the Sydney Alumni Magazine.


A new University of Sydney alumni online networking community is launched and waiting for you to log in. Find out more and register Alumni Online. All you require to activate your account is your Student Identification number (SID) – which appears on your Alumni Card.