Mr Paul Ell is the Graduate representative on the University Council. Prior to graduating, from the University of Wollongong, he served as the undergraduate representative on Council from 2013-2015. During this time as a student representative, he contributed to important projects such as the new student accommodation plan, iAccelerate and the successful acquisition of the new Hong Kong campus.
Paul now contributes to the Illawarra community as a solicitor for the region's largest law firm. He is a passionate and enthusiastic believer in UOW and is dedicated to making a positive contribution on behalf of fellow graduates.
In 2018, Paul was awarded the coveted 2018 Tom Harvey Award for Citizenship at Parliament House on behalf of the Australia Youth Trust. The award, named in honour of the Trust’s late inaugural chairman, recognises the outstanding contribution of a young Australian (between 15 and 30) who has assisted in the development of other young people and their families by providing better opportunities either through literacy, education and/or employment programs. As a long time ambassador for the Smith Family and Learning for Life programs, Paul has travelled the state speaking to different audiences about the power of education to overcome disadvantage.