Alumni Awards

The annual Alumni Awards program celebrates the outstanding achievements of Sydney alumni. This prestigious awards program has been running for more than 20 years and is separated into two classifications, the Alumni Achievement Awards and Graduate Medals.

The Alumni Achievement Awards recognises the success of graduates who are established in their careers. The four categories include:


The Graduate Medals honour the achievements of graduates, or those who have completed their degree requirements, in the previous year. The categories for the six medals awarded each year include:


All alumni award nominations are reviewed and recipients are selected by the Alumni Awards Selection Committee. View the criteria for the Alumni Achievement Awards and Graduate Medals.

The 2015 Alumni Award presentation ceremony will be held on Friday 16 October in the Great Hall.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumni Award for Community Achievement
This award recognises the personal contributions that alumni have made to the enrichment of Australian society through community service.

Alumni Award for International Achievement
This award recognises the personal contributions that alumni have made to the enrichment of international society through their community or professional service.

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
This award recognises outstanding achievements of alumni in their professional fields.

Young Alumni Award for Achievement
This award recognises outstanding achievements made by alumni aged 30 and younger (at close of nominations), to the University of Sydney, local, Australian or international communities.

Graduate Medals

Convocation Medal (undergraduate)
Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree prior to the nominations closing date, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community.

Edmund Barton Medal (master's by coursework)
Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a master’s by coursework degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community.

Rita and John Cornforth Medal (PhD)
Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a PhD, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community.

Sister Alison Bush Medal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community.

John C Harsanyi Medal (international student)
Awarded to an international student who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may have also contributed to the broader community.

Nigel C Barker Medal (sporting)
Awarded to a person who, in the previous year graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University through sporting achievement, and may also have contributed to the broader community.