Spotlight

Our success starts with our alumni whose achievements are a direct reflection on our standing as one of the best education and research institutions in the world. Many have gone on to prominence. They have made – and continue to make – their marks and achieve excellence in a variety of fields such as business, medicine, arts, and the government.

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Dr Paul Paterson

Dr Paul Paterson »

What attracted you to ANU?  The initial attraction of ANU was its high quality Master of Economics by coursework, with exceptional lecturers including John Niland (labour economics), Stephen Turnovsky (macroeconomics), Bob Gregory (course convenor)...
Letina Connelly

Letina Connelly »

How did ANU shape you? Fundamentally my ANU experience taught me how to learn, organise my time, be accountable for deliverables and be consistently curious – constantly questioning why is something the case. ANU gave me the confidence that if I...
Dr Richard Barwick

Dr Richard Barwick »

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Richard Barwick (1929-2012) enjoyed a long and event-filled career built on his love for nature and the outdoors. Richard spent most of his career as a vertebrate zoologist, paleontologist, Antarctic explorer and...
Megan Stoyles

Megan Stoyles »

Pete Hamill wrote for the New York Post: "The girl's name was Megan Stoyles and she had a marvellous chest bouncing beneath a white tee-shirt with the words Make Love Not War stencilled across the front. In about 13 seconds she had attracted half...
Jennie Cameron

Jennie Cameron AM »

The student experience is not uniform, nor is it one size fits all. Jennie Cameron started at the University in 1986 as a mature aged student. “I was married shortly after arriving at the ANU – and that was interesting in the context of Canberra at...
Dr and Mrs Paul Chan

Dr Paul Chan »

“It was around July 1971 when I received a telegram from Professor Heinz Arndt informing me of the offer of a PhD Scholarship at ANU,” said Dr Paul Chan, founder of and now Vice- Chancellor and President of HELP (Higher Education Learning Philosophy...
Tim Overall

Tim Overall »

In 1966, Tim Overall started an economics degree. In 1966, Tim Overall’s number was called. It was the call for military service for the Vietnam War. He received a letter at his family home in Canberra. “My first reaction was to ring all my friends...
Andrew Pike

Andrew Pike OAM »

"I originally wanted to study film, so I did the closest I could do: English and History,” says Andrew Pike, now Managing Director of Ronin Films and founder of Electric Shadows Cinema. "But really, my training and university experience was a...
Susan Bambrick

Susan Bambrick OBE »

It didn’t seem like it at the time, but Susan Bambrick was a feminist.  “I was then at McMaster University, Canada doing a course in Monetary and Mathematical Economics. It was the tail end of the Woodstock-era and during the midst of the Cultural...
Aditya Chopra

Aditya Chopra »

Aditya is a science communicator extraordinaire. As a PhD candidate in the Research School of Earth Sciences focusing on the elemental composition of life, Aditya has been an energetic ambassador for his field of science and research. His recent...
Sebastian Robertson

Sebastian Robertson »

The founder of Batyr, a not-for-profit organisation that supports university and school students struggling with mental health challenges, Sebastian, turned a personal struggle into a national success story that has reached more than 5,000 young...
Julie Melrose

Julie Melrose »

Community advocate, political activist and graduate student in international environmental law and legal practice, Julie Melrose has made an outstanding contribution to ANU and the community. As the President of the Postgraduate and Research...
Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson »

A passionate commitment to human rights is the common thread throughout Jennifer’s studies and career. Best known for her work as a pro bono legal adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Jennifer, as Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha...
Georgia Marjoribanks

Georgia Marjoribanks »

Georgia’s commitment and enthusiasm to volunteer leadership ranges from sport to assisting refugees. As a resident of Fenner Hall, she served as Sports Coordinator, Senior Resident and Community Coordinator. She was a representative on the ANU...
Katrina Marson

Katrina Marson »

The strong sense of community that Katrina, a Canberra native, brought with her when she enrolled at ANU in 2008 contributed to the founding of ANU Volunteers. Now known as ANU V, the group is one the largest on campus with nearly 600 students,...
Ray Lovett

Ray Lovett »

Ray, a Wongaibon man from far west New South Wales, has a passion for Indigenous health and is the first Indigenous PhD candidate at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) in the College of Medicine, Biology and...
Dr Cheong Choong Kong

Dr Cheong Choong Kong »

Dr Cheong has carved out an extraordinary career as an academic, a business leader, and a community leader. He came to Australia from Malaysia to pursue university education as a Colombo Plan Scholar, and after completing his PhD, returned to...
Danny Bishop and Chris Duffield

Danny Bishop & Chris Duffield »

With a shared entrepreneurial spirit, Danny’s systems engineering expertise and Chris’s business acumen, the two co-founded Organic Response, an innovative Australian engineering company that is revolutionising lighting control technology, in 2011....
Tony Hartnell AM

Tony Hartnell AM »

Tony started his studies during the University’s very early days, and has many fond memories and entertaining stories about life on campus. One of the first residents of Bruce Hall, Tony can recall having to trudge through the mud on the...
Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen »

A humanitarian engineer, advocate for people with a disability, mentor, entrepreneur and traveller, Huy is changing the face of disability access in Australia and the Pacific. Having contracted polio as a baby in Vietnam and using a wheelchair to...

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