Alumnus of the Year Awards

Announcing our winners from the 2018 Alumnus of the Year Awards finalists:

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year & Indigenous Service Alumnus of the Year
Dr Anne-Maree Nielsen (Bachelor of Nursing, 2004; Master of Mental Health Nursing, 2008; Master of Nursing Honours, 2010) — Resident Medical Officer, Toowoomba Hospital Paediatric Ward.

Professional Alumnus of the Year
Rachel Ranton (Postgraduate Certificate in Business, 2013; Master of Business Administration, 2016) — Inclusion and Diversity Consultant at the Westpac Group

International Alumnus of the Year 
Heidi Dugan (Bachelor of Arts, Creative, 1994) — TV Host & Celebrity and Consumer Marketing Director and China Money Director at Food Box

Highly Commended: Chia Yoong Hui (Master of Business Administration, 2005) Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ascenz Pte Ltd

Research/Academic Alumnus of the Year 
Professor Michael Kimlin (Bachelor of Applied Science, Biological and Physical Sciences, 1996; Graduate Diploma of Further Education and Training, 1999; Doctor of Philosophy, 2001) — Radiation epidemiologist

Young Alumnus of the Year
Dr Jessa Rogers (Master of Education, 2014) — Project Director, Indigenous Research and Education Strategy

Highly Commended: Stacey Burrell (Bachelor of Business, with distinction, 2011; Master of Business Administration, 2015Chief Operating Officer at Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE)

Community Service Alumnus of the Year 
Direpang Segosebe (Bachelor of Nursing, 2010) — Nursing Officer at Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness, Greater Gaborone Health Management Team (DHMT)

Highly Commended: Kevin Lee Wilson (Bachelor of Business, 2004; Master of Business Administration, 2007; Master of Professional Accounting, 2016Chief Executive Officer of The Crommelin Group

Alumni Service Award 
Hoa Cruickshank (Master of Education with distinction, 2014, Master of Learning and Development, 2016) — Managing Director of Vung Tau E-School and Managing Director of Phuc Gia Trading and Tourism Limited Company


The USQ Alumnus of the Year Awards formally recognises outstanding USQ alumni for their achievements within their professional and personal lives, and for being an inspiration to fellow alumni, current students and the community.

Each year, award winners embody many of the values and pillars of the University and are making major contributions in their respective fields and community groups across the world. 

We are proud of our graduates and enjoy celebrating their successes. 

If you know of a USQ alumnus who is doing amazing things in their career and meets the award guidelines (PDF 147KB), make sure you nominate them for a 2019 USQ Alumnus of the Year Award and keep this honourable tradition alive.

Award categories

  • Professional Alumnus of the Year
  • International Alumnus of the Year
  • Research and/or Academic Alumnus of the Year
  • Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Community Service Alumnus of the Year
  • Indigenous Alumnus of the Year
  • Alumni Service Award.