The alumni community shines – UQ News
A philanthropist, world-renowned conductor and acclaimed author are among the recipients of the 2021 UQ Alumni Awards.
The University of Queensland today recognized outstanding alumni at the 2021 UQ Alumni Awards, showcasing a high caliber of community-minded alumni committed to serving others.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO said the awards were a highlight of the year and an opportunity to recognize the good work and deep success of the University community.
“This year’s recipients are role models for our students, and we are proud to recognize their extraordinary efforts,” said Professor Terry.
“The UQ alumni community, which numbers over 300,000 people, spans 190 countries and collectively has an incredible impact around the world. “
The title UQ Alumnus of the Year was awarded to Caroline Frazer (Photo), a renowned philanthropist with a passion for education and the arts from Queensland.
While humble in her approach, Ms Frazer – along with her husband, Professor Ian Frazer AC – has significantly advanced the next generation of talent in the state through her generous support.
By co-leading UQ’s first major philanthropic campaign, Ms. Frazer helped attract more than 30,000 donations and more than $ 607 million to support various causes at UQ, with the support of students who are dear to her. .
“The more people in the community who know there are ways to support students and help build a better educated society, the better,” Frazer said.
Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate and Acclaimed Author Bri Lee (Photo), was among the recipients of a Distinguished Young Alumni award.
She said her work as an author and her contribution to reforming Australia’s consent and sexual assault laws has had a real impact on people’s lives.
“I have received countless messages from people who have read one of my books and then made a real difference in their lives,” Ms. Lee said.
“There is no feeling more satisfying than knowing that your work has such an impact. “
Musical maestro, international conductor Simon Hewett (Photo), was one of five 2021 recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award for his leadership and generosity in creating opportunities for young musicians in Queensland.
Mr Hewett said that at UQ he was supported by generous academic staff and that he was happy to be able to now pay the next one.
“While I was an undergraduate student, the Dean and Director of the School of Music, Malcolm Gillies AM, was an extremely important mentor and influence to me,” said Mr. Hewett.
“He helped me to pursue conducting and flourish in this field, then he encouraged me to pursue a career in Germany and supported me every step of the way – he even helped me. gave piano lessons for six months after leaving UQ for free to help me succeed. in the program! “
Mr. Hewett is now the Music Director of the Queensland Youth Orchestra and continues to serve as Principal Conductor of the Hamburg Ballet.
The full list of the 2021 Alumni Awards is as follows:
UQ Alumnus of the Year (award created by Alumni Friends): Caroline Frazer for her commitment to improving the lives of so many Australians through the arts and education advocacy and philanthropic work.
Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Award of Excellence:
- Simon Hewett for his leadership and generosity in creating opportunities for young musicians in Queensland and for his commitment to the UQ community.
- Daryl Holmes OBE for his leadership in the field of dental care, as well as his exceptional commitment to the service of others.
- Amanda Johnston-Pell for her exceptional leadership in business and for your service to the community, education and private diplomatic initiatives.
- Marguerite Evans-Galea AM for her exceptional leadership in science and for her commitment to advancing the role of women in STEMM.
- Allan Davies for his outstanding professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to helping others through the Dalara Foundation.
Distinguished Young Graduate Award
- Bonny Cumming for her commitment to serving Indigenous communities in Australia.
- James Fielding for his entrepreneurial leadership and his service to UQ as part of the Ventures program.
- Bri Lee for her advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and law reform, and her outstanding accomplishments as an author.
- Bavahuna Manoharan for his medical leadership as Queensland responds to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Mikhara Ramsing for serving others, including founding the Miks Chai.
Indigenous community impact award: Kevin O’Brien for his contributions to improving understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and advocacy in the design community.
International alumnus of the year: Ryan Taft for his outstanding contributions to rare disease medical research and his commitment to serving others through advocacy and philanthropy.
Gatton Gold Medal: Daniel Kelly AM for his outstanding leadership and service in the international humanitarian emergency response work.
UQ college graduate awards: Scott Young for his outstanding contributions to the international sports community and his commitment to improving academic life at King’s College.
UQ graduate of the year (award created by Alumni Friends): Jessie Harper, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons)
Sportsman of the Year: Callum Davies (student) for the middle distance race.
Sportswoman of the year: Natalie Grider (student) for Australian football.
All the details of the 2020 Alumni Award recipients are here
Media: UQ Alumni Communications, [email protected]; +61 7 3346 3166.