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About the Awards

Celebrating its 12th year in 2022, the James Cook University Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise graduates of the University, and its predecessor institutions, who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of endeavour at a local, state, national or international level.

  • Outstanding Alumni - Graduates of James Cook University or our predecessor institutions (the Townsville College of Advanced Education and students of the University College of Townsville who graduated from the University of Queensland). One outstanding alumni is selected by each of JCU's six academic Colleges;
  • Outstanding Early Career Alumni - Graduates of James Cook University who are aged 35 or under at the time of nomination. One outstanding early career alumni is selected by each of JCU's six academic Colleges;
  • Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Award - one recipient chosen by JCU's Chancellor from all the recipients awarded an Outstanding Alumni Award within the current year.

Outstanding Alumni category: Graduates of James Cook University or our predecessor institutions (the Townsville College of Advanced Education and students of the University College of Townsville who graduated from the University of Queensland).

Early Career category: Graduates of James Cook University who are aged 35 years or younger at time of nomination.

Local Townsville artist and JCU alumna, Sue Tilley designs the awards each year.

They consist of hard cut glass sheets and delicate powders fused together to create colourful translucent pieces that capture the vibrant colours, power and movement of our local environment. Each piece is cold worked and fused, before being slumped over a hand-cut three dimensional representation of striking Licuala Grandis (Elegant Fan Palm), then mounted on a block of Australian hardwood. Drawing inspiration from the crystal clear waters, intense blue skies and warmth of the outback for the strong colours, the power of glass is its ability to capture the intensity of colour and the feeling of movement we see each day in nature. Glass is surprisingly strong yet easily shattered; a beautiful representation of the power and strength of nature, but also the delicate fragility of our ecosystem and all of its inherent elements.

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outstanding alumni award.

Nominations can be submitted online during the nominations period.