University of Tasmania
eNews July 2017  
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Inspirational alumni

University and partners launch vision for redeveloped Inveresk precinct

The masterplan for the $260 million redevelopment of the University of Tasmania precinct at Inveresk has been unveiled by the project partners –representing the single largest infrastructure investment in Launceston's history.

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Distinguished Alumni Award 2017

One of Australia's leading mental health researchers, Professor Jane Pirkis, has been awarded the honour for her dedication to suicide prevention research.

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Inspirational alumni crowdfund over $20,000 to film their world-first mission

Two University of Tasmania alumni are among a team of five men with disabilities who will work together to surmount all odds and cycle from Australia's lowest point (Lake Eyre) to its highest point, the summit of Mt Kosciuszko - a journey that will be captured on film thanks to their successful crowd funding campaign.

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O2T Out Now!
Community Awards

Alumni shine at architecture awards

It comes as no surprise that University of Tasmania alumni reigned supreme at the 2017 Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

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O2t out now!

Read about the University's bold new plan to reshape higher education within the State in A New State of Mind, our new curriculum, inspiring stories about students, staff and alumni... and more!

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University now ranked in Top 50 for Agriculture

The University of Tasmania has been named 44th in the world for Agricultural Science.

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Research news
Cider & Wine

Dangerous Criminals Law Reform

Reforms are needed in Tasmania's legislation where offenders are declared as dangerous criminals by the courts, new research by the Tasmanian Institute of Law Reform has found. 

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Texting research
Tidal Energy Investment
Climate Change

Texting a social barrier for kids

New research suggests texting could be creating a literacy issue for children, but it is not the problem most people would expect.

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$2.5 million in funding for Australian tidal energy

A new project led by the University's Australian Maritime College is set to attract and underpin investment in tidal energy in Australia.

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2,000 years of climate change

A new database developed by an international group of scientists, including a researcher from the University's Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science, provides the most comprehensive record yet of how the global climate has changed since 1 AD.

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Foundation news
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Launceston Dinner celebrates northern scholarship students

Over 250 people gathered recently to celebrate scholarship recipients, thank the generosity of donors, and present one of the University's top awards. 

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Learn more about University fundraising initiatives

Alumni in profile

Mr Nikeel Idnani

Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Chief Engineer) 2000

Nikeel Idnani shares highlights from his time at the University's Australian Maritime College and discusses how a specialist qualification propelled his award-winning career in the UAE maritime industry.

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Nikeel Idnani

Read more alumni profiles

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

Alumni events

HK & Shanghai events a success

Alumni and supporters gathered recently at receptions in Shanghai and Hong Kong to network and celebrate the achievements of our newest graduates.

View the Hong Kong photos


27 July: Tamar Valley Peace Festival

The Relationship between Religion and Individual Rights in a Diverse Multicultural Community

Key note speaker: Ed Santow
Panel: Rodney Croome AM, Very Reverend Richard Humphrey, Robin Banks

Time: 5.30 for 6.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 9, Faculty of Arts Building, Newnham campus

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31 July: Tamar Valley Peace Festival

Peace: A Practical Matter

Presented by alumnus Martin Flanagan (LLB 1975)

Time: 5.30 for 6.00pm
Venue: Annexe Theatre, Inveresk Campus, Launceston

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Open Days

Our 2017 Open Days will be an exciting mix of immersive, family-friendly experiences. Highlights include: a keynote presentation from one of Australia's most influential businesswomen, AMC ship tours, origami workshops, sailing simulators, 3D printing, rocket launches, live music and more! Read the program

Hobart: Sunday 30 July

Cradle Coast: Sunday 6 Aug

Launceston: Saturday 12 Aug


Visit the University of Tasmania events calendar for more events

Courses and careers

Thinking about returning to study?

Whether you are interested in doing one or two units of study for personal interest or extending your qualifications with a new degree (undergraduate or postgraduate coursework), the University of Tasmania is offering HECS scholarships to our alumni, covering tuition fees for up to 25% study load during 2017 in any Commonwealth Supported program.

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Your services and benefits
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New Travel Deals for Alumni

Corporate Travel Management (previously Andrew Jones Travel) are proud to be the exclusive provider for all of the University's travel needs. They also provide alumni with exclusive discounts on flights with Qantas & Virgin Australia.

To find out more contact their dedicated UTAS number on 6221 3455 or email

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Please update your details to ensure you receive your bumper issue of Alumni Magazine 2017, out in October. 

You can update your details by logging into Alumni & Friends online, or by reply email.

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