University Service and Awards

University Service and Awards

The students of the College have alway taken leadership roles within the University. They were the prime movers in the beginnings of rugby at the University in the early 1860s and they were the founders of the Sydney University Sports Union in 1890. In the 1880s and ’90s they were also very active in the Undergraduates’ Association (predecessor of the Students’ Representative Council) and in the University Union. John Peden (in College 1891-99) was the first student President of the Union.

Since 2000 Paul’s students have served the University in the following conspicuous ways.

The Board of the University of Sydney Union

  • Brad Lancken (1999-2001; President 2000 – 2001)
  • Toby Brennan (2002-04; President 2003 – 2004)
  • Amit Singh (2004-06; President 2005 – 2006)
  • Nik Kirby (2005 – 2006), Rhodes Scholar
  • Mark Tanner (2006-08; Honorary Secretary 2007 – 2008)
  • Justin Hancock (2007-09; Treasurer 2008 – 2009)
  • Patrick Bateman (2008-10; President 2009 -2010), Rhodes Scholar
  • David Mann (2009-11; President 2010 – 2011)
  • Shane Treeves (2010 – 2012)

The Editorial Board of Honi Soit

  • Sean Kelly, Adam McGrath (2001)
  • Rico Jedrzejczyk, Oliver Jones (2003)
  • Christopher Croke, Jordan Walsh, David Cubbin (2005)
  • Stuart Thompson and Nik Kirby, Rhodes Scholar (2006)
  • Steve Hind (2008)
  • George Downing, Will Atkinson (2009)
  • Jo Payton and Joe Smith-Davies (2010)

Students’ Representative Council

  • Nik Kirby (2005-06)
  • Jack Manning Bancroft (2005-06)
  • Eric Knight (2005-06)
  • Samuel Farrell and Jordan Smith (2012-13)
  • Patrick Magee (2013-14)
  • Will Khun (2014-15)
  • Alex Fitton (2016 – 17)

University Senators

(student representatives; one postgraduate and one undergraduate sit on Senate)

  • Sam Greenland (postgraduate; 2009-10) Sub-Warden
  • Ben Veness (undergraduate; 2010-12)
  • Patrick Massarani (undergraduate; 2012-13)

Miscellaneous

  • Jack Manning Bancroft, founded the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, at first for Sydney University students (2005)
  • Nat Ware, founded 180 Degrees Consulting, at first for Sydney University students (2007, before coming into College), Rhodes Scholar
  • Andy Thomas, Ash Fontana and Fergus Rourke, founded the Sydney Catapult Business Competition (later Sydney Genesis Business Competition) (2008)
  • Patrick Bateman, founded the Sydney University Public Speaking Society (2008), Rhodes Scholar
  • David Mann, founded Shades, for gay students at Sydney University (2009)
  • Alistair Kitchen, appointed Social Inclusion Officer under the Widening Participation program, to improve access to the University for disadvantaged students (2013-14)

Convocation Medal, Edmund Barton Medal & Young Alumni Award

These are all awarded each year by the University’s Alumni Council.  The Convocation Medal has been awarded since 1980 to a new graduate, for academic achievement together with service to the University and wider world.   Andrew Bell, Rhodes Scholar, won the Convocation Medal in 1988 and Malcolm Kennett in 1996.  The Edmund Barton Medal (similar criteria for a coursework masters student) and the Young Alumni Award are more recent.

  • 2007: Nik Kirby (Convocation Medal) Rhodes Scholar
  • 2010: Jack Manning Bancroft (Young Alumni Award)
  • 2011: Nat Ware (Convocation Medal, shared) Rhodes Scholar
  • 2012: Patrick Bateman, Rhodes Scholar, and Andy Thomas, Monash Scholar (Convocation Medal, shared between them); Eric Knight, Rhodes Scholar (Young Alumni Award)
  • 2013: Daniel Ward (Convocation Medal)
  • 2014: Benjamin Veness (Edmund Barton Medal)
  • 2015: Alistair Kitchen (Convocation Medal)