Honorary alumni

The University recognises outsanding achievement, exceptional service and significant contribution through the granting of the following honorary awards; Honorary Doctorate, Emeritus Professorship, University Fellowship and Community Fellowship.

2021 Emeritus Professors

David Griffith

Emeritus Professor

Awarded for his deep expertise in spectroscopy spanning more than four decades, David Griffith has made a remarkable contribution to the field of atmospheric chemistry and to fostering ongoing research excellence.

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Vera Mackie

Emeritus Professor

Awarded for her contribution of Asian history, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural studies, fusing academic rigour with societal impact for genuine change.

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Wenche Ommundsen

Emeritus Professor

A distinguished international researcher, teacher and professional leader, Wenche Ommundsen has significantly advanced scholarly discourse around multicultural and diasporic literature, both in Australia and further afield.

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Julie Steele

Emeritus Professor

In a stellar career defined by passion and purpose, Julie Steele AM has forged significant breakthroughs in basic, clinical and applied biomechanics research which has improved the lives of countless individuals. She has established herself as a world-class Biomechanist in a field dominated traditionally by male scientists.

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Robin Warner

Emeritus Professor

An outstanding legal professional, academic and educator with unique expertise, Robin Warner has made an enduring contribution to oceans governance, high seas biodiversity and climate change at the highest levels.

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2020 University Fellowships

Julie Renwick

University Fellow

Awarded for her significant contribution to academic and governance leadership which underpins every aspect of the UOW College Australia as we know today.

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Peter Fitzgerald

University Fellow

Awarded for his lifetime of outstanding service to the University of Wollongong and to the development of a thriving Illawarra community.

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Deborah Ely AM

University Fellow

Awarded for her significant service to the visual arts and arts education, and creating educational, cultural and social opportunities for the Shoalhaven and beyond.

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Honorary Alumni Chapter

The Honorary Alumni Chapter is a network of alumni who have been awarded either a University Fellowship, an Honorary degree or an Emeritus Professorship from the University of Wollongong. The Chapter meets regularly to discuss and organise ways in which they can support the University through advocacy, projects and activities.

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