University of Tasmania
Alumni eNews November 2016
Vice-Chancellor's message for the festive season
Professor Peter Rathjen

Tis the season to be festive – and reflective. As we prepare for a well-earned end-of-year break, a celebratory and restorative time to be spent with family and friends, it is appropriate to look back on what has been a ground-breaking year.

Some of that ground-breaking has been literal, more has been about positioning the University as an agent of social and economic change in Tasmania. The future prosperity of this state – indeed of any region or country in the 21st century - is dependent on innovation and human capital, and we are best placed to provide both in Tasmania.

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General news
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Ian Potter Foundation provides major gift to creative industries and performing arts centre

A Melbourne philanthropic foundation will provide a multi-million-dollar boost over four years, supporting an amazing cultural asset for the Tasmanian community”.

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Graduation celebrations

We have welcomed over 3500 new graduates and diplomates during our summer graduations.Ceremonies were held in Burnie, Hobart and Launceston with the annual Town and Gown processions being a highlight of the celebrations.

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Watch the ceremonies on LiveStream


Are you interested in becoming more involved in your University?

We are seeking enthusiatic graduates to help drive our alumni program. Nominations for the 2017 - 2018 Alumni Advisory Committee close 16 January 2017.

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University awards

Nominations are now open for the prestigious Distinguished Alumni and Foundation Graduate awards. Offered annually, they seek to honour the achievements of University of Tasmania graduates who have made, or are making, a significant difference in both local and/or wider international communities.

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Open to Talent

Catch up on all the news from your University in the latest edtion of O2t. Learn more about our new associate degree program and catch up with alumni Brooke Saward (BA 2013) and Lionel Nicols (BA/LLB Hons 2006, MIntPol 2006).

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Research news
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Big science, tiny lab

You can't take a lab with you... or can you? Elisenda Fornells Vernet is working on developing a portable analytical advice, which will let scientists take a lab with them on their field work.

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The bumpy road to perfect fruit

Everyone loves bananas. But consumers rarely buy bruised fruit. Indika Fernando is using a model truck to measure how and where bananas get bruised in transit, and how to stop it.

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How have human activities been stressing out kelp forests?

Our scientists have joined researchers from around the world to provide the first global picture of how kelp forests have changed over the last 50 years in response to stresses caused by human activity.

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UTAS Conversations

Saul Eslake's TCCI Tasmania Report 2016 paints clear picture of our economy

Professor Richard Eccleston Director Institute for the Study of Social Change

The second annual TCCI Tasmania Report provides a systematic and evidence-based assessment of Tasmania's economic and social health, free from the spin and hyperbole which dominates contemporary political debate.

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Professor Richard Ecclestone
Events 2016

Did you attend an event during 2016 or miss out on the action?

Photos from our events throughout the year can be viewed on our UTAS Alumni Facebook page.

Save the date for our next webinar on Wednesday, 22 February 2017, discussing the Northern Initiative. More details to come...

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No matter where you are around the globe we encourage you to join us at an alumni event online or in your area. To help us stay in touch please ensure your details are up to date by using our web form, login to Alumni & Friends online or emailing


Visit the University of Tasmania events calendar 

Alumni in profile

Pete Saunders

Bachelor of Visual Communication 2008 Master of Visual Communication 2010

Pete is an experienced Digital Strategist, working within the health, education and Government sectors.

Pete has recently been in London representing Australia at Pitch@Palace Global.

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We are always keen to learn about the role that the University has played in your career and life journey since graduation. If you are interested in providing an alumni profile please email us with your details and we will send you a brief questionnaire. Profiles will be showcased in each alumni eNews and online at

Courses and careers
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What does the future hold for doctoral degrees in Australia?

UTAS is participating in a University of Melbourne led research project Design Options for the Future Doctorate. The aim of this project is to deliver research-driven options for building the quality of the doctorate in Australia, as well as a suite of resources to inform institutions and candidates. We will be inviting 2011 Doctoral Alumni to participate in this research project in early 2017.

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Program helps students achieve career goals

The Career Mentor Program, supported by the alumni community, is instrumental in helping students achieve their ultimate career goals and recently celebrated its success during 2016.

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Your services and benefits
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Library borrowing

Did you know that University of Tasmania alumni can access the library free of charge?

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About alumni services and benefits
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