UOW is deeply saddened to announce the passing of long-serving staff member Judy Nolan, a consummate professional, a person of deep integrity, and someone widely known for her charm and wicked sense of humour!

Judy passed away on Thursday 15 July, and has left a lasting impression on everyone she worked with. She nurtured strong friendships with many of her colleagues at UOW, which she maintained throughout the years.

Judy started at UOW in March 1989 and worked between the Vice-Chancellor’s Unit and Student Administration.  In 1993, Judy transferred to a full-time position in Student Administration (which then became Academic and Student Services, then Academic Registrar’s Division, and then Student Central) until her retirement in 2014.

Through her work as a service representative, Judy consistently went beyond the responsibilities of her role to help students resolve their problems. A woman well known for her caring, compassionate and professional approach to dealing with students in crisis situations, Judy was often the only person able to successfully approach students in need and offer assistance. She supported students and their families in the most difficult of times, and took the time to follow up to determine whether any additional assistance was required. The quality of her front line service was outstanding and deeply valued by all who encountered her. Judy became increasingly relied upon to assist in critical incidents.

In 2005, Judy received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service, which was synonymous with her passion for helping students. She also contributed to staff morale with her great sense of fun and kindness for those she worked with. Judy’s service is distinguished by a special personality, dedication, humour and, above all, her care and real connection with both colleagues and students.

Judy was the Mace Bearer at Graduation Ceremonies between 1999 and 2014, keeping the academic procession in line (figuratively and literally) with great dignity and much pride.

In 2014, Judy received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for 25 Years’ Service, retiring shortly after to care for her grandchild.

Judy was one-in-a-million and left a lasting impression. In her personal life, after Judy’s husband died, she raised their two young daughters on her own and was an extremely proud and loving mum to Fiona and Patrice, and a doting grandmother to her precious granddaughter, Charlotte.

Judy loved to dance. It was her passion, along with Tai Chi. Judy was a breast cancer survivor who had a radical mastectomy and counselled other women going through the same thing.

Judy will be deeply missed.


Judy Nolan in her role as Mace Bearer at graduation ceremonies between 1999 and 2014, with former Chancellor Jillian Broadbent AC, and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton AO.