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New College Award 2014

Monday 22 December, 2014
by Jonathan Billingham
Daniel Keith and James Heydon honoured at the 2014 Valedictory Dinner

The first recipient of the New College Award for 2014 (recognizing academic excellence and contribution to the wider life of the College) is Daniel Keith.

Academically, Daniel has achieved an amazing number of (very high) High Distinctions, and never less than at the distinction level. He was awarded the Faculty of Science Prize for second year Advanced Science.

One dimension of the New College Award is a demonstration of intellectual inquisitiveness and willingness to assist others. Daniel has spent significant hours assisting fellow collegians, being consistently generous with his time. As a nominator wrote: “Daniel has always been willing to help out anyone who asks, even before being appointed a tutor … Never once have I seen him turn down someone because he was too busy or too stressed.”

Daniel has also contributed in a variety of positive ways within the College community. He has played piano for College Services, and attained a second place finish in the 110 metre hurdles at the Australian Unigames.

Congratulations Daniel Keith!

The second recipient of the New College Award for 2014 – which recognizes the contribution to Collegiality and service to society – is James Heydon.

James’ has been described (in the words of one of his many nominators) as having “a willingness to get involved in any and all aspects of College life, as a fantastic example of how to treat College and take the opportunity that is presented to everybody who lives here”.

James Heydon

James came to UNSW to study Mechanical Engineering. In his first year as a New Collegian, James balanced study with a busy College schedule, attending social events, playing sport and helping out wherever he could in the day-to-day life of the community. In his second year, James was elected to both the O’Week Team and also to the New College Student Association Executive, as Social Director. He relished the opportunity to organise events that were inclusive and fun, pouring endless energy into the roles.

James has been consistently and heavily involved in each College Production – whether on stage or off stage – and has served as both a cast member and a Director for College Revue. In 2014, James has been most visible in his capacity as a Residential Advisor, ensuring residents are well supported, safe, happy and involved in College. Whether in rugby or water polo, as Big Air Rep or even through Bobsoc (Subcomm of the Year 2013), he has been a model of positive contribution with his boundless enthusiasm and servant-hearted leadership.

As another of James’ many nominators wrote: “He has almost epitomized the ideal Collegian in his four years at College.” I am sure you will agree he is also an outstanding candidate to receive this year’s New College Award.

Congratulations James Heydon!