University Colleges have hosted Formal Dinners for many hundreds of years. In keeping with this tradition, the NCV community gathers for its own contemporary variation a few times each year. NCV Formal Dinners provide residents with the opportunity to meet over a three course meal, enjoy the musical talents of one or more residents and listen to a talk from an eminent speaker.
Three formal dinners are held each year: the Autumn, Winter and Spring Formal Dinners. This gives every NCV resident the opportunity to attend at least one Formal Dinner in the calendar year if they want to. Of course some residents will come to more than one, and sometimes all three! The guest speakers at NCV formal dinners are often eminent business people or academics. Formal Dinners are also attended by some of the College Staff, and members of the College Board.
At the end of each year, NCV’s residents gather for the Annual Drinks and Canapés Night. At this event a series of awards are given to mark the diverse contributions made by members of the NCV Community. A number of Service Awards are typically awarded for contributions spanning music, culture and sport. The major award given is “The NCV Award”, which is for the most significant contribution to the community in any given year. The Drinks and Canapés Night is also a time to celebrate the year gone by, the friendships made and experiences forged over some drinks and canapés.
Previous NCV Formal Dinner Speakers
- Prof Alec Cameron – Dean of the Australian School of Business, UNSW.
- Prof Veena Sahajwalla - Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (2008) & Associate Dean Strategic Industry Relations, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Mary Jo Capps – CEO of Musica Viva
- Dr Jessica Milner Davis – Honorary Associate in the School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney and former Deputy Chancellor of UNSW.
- Dr Ian Pollard – Chairman of Corporate Express Australia Limited and Director of Milton Corporation Limited.
- Prof Michelle Simmons – ARC Federation Fellow in the School of Physics, UNSW & Director of Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computing Technology
- Ms Anne Bunde-Birouste – UNSW Public Health Academic & Founder of the Football United program for disadvantaged youth.
- Mr Ton van Amerongen – CEO of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Prof Jane McAdam – Professor of Law, UNSW
- Ms Angela Pearman, Barrister and former ABC Newsreader
- Prof. Richard Kingford, Professor of Environmental Science, UNSW
- Dr Kevin Cullen, CEO of NewSouth Innovations
- A/Prof. David Cohen, Head of School Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW and Deputy President UNSW Academic Board.