Award categories and criteria

Graduate medals

The Graduate Medals are awarded in the following categories:

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.

Achievement Awards

The Achievement Awards recognise the following four categories:

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.