Welcome to your May edition of Alumni and Friends. I have been inspired this month by the diverse stories and generosity of our alumni community.

We celebrate the success of a law alumna breaking glass ceilings in Malaysia to become a federal minister, and a young geology alumna who is living her dream as she embarks on her new career.

I would also like to celebrate the inspirational news of a generous $1M gift from alumni Dr Ian and Jill Wilson that will change lives for young people from the North, North-West and King island. 

Finally, we have an Alumni Breakfast event in Melbourne next week and are very much looking forward to meeting with members of our Victorian alumni community. We are also looking forward to coming to Sydney for the Sydney Alumni Breakfast Event on Thursday 1 June. You can find more details and register below in the Events and opportunities section.

Warm regards

Rebecca Cuthill
Director, Advancement


A rising tide lifts all boats

How a $1 million donation – the largest single gift in support of University of Tasmania scholarships – is set to change countless lives in Tasmania’s West, North-West and King Island.

For Michaelyne Arumbi, it was geology's outdoor lifestyle that won her over

Alumna Michaelyne is living her dream. Born in PNG, Tasmania’s world-class geology sites beckoned, and saw her land her first job offer before she had even finished her course. And then there’s her love for women’s rugby, where she is kicking goals of a different sort.

Let’s Talk About Dementia – prevention and management

Dementia has a profound impact on individuals, families and communities, posing significant challenges to quality of life. Listen to alumni Distinguished Professor James Vickers and Tim England in our latest Explore Webinar. 

Alumni in Profile

Hannah Yeoh
LLB 2001, GradCertLegalPrac 2003

Law alumna Hannah Yeoh has created history in her country. Prior to becoming a Malaysian federal minister, she was appointed Selangor Legislative Assembly Speaker – the youngest speaker and the first woman to hold the position in any Malaysian state.


Events and Opportunities

Sydney Alumni Breakfast Event

Calling all Sydney-based alumni. You are invited to join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, at the Sydney Alumni Breakfast Event to hear the latest news from the University and an opportunity to tour our Sydney Campus, which offers nursing, paramedicine and health management. Thursday 1 June, 7.30-9am, at the Rozelle Campus, Lilyfield.

Tasmania’s Injustice: Foodless in the food bowl. One in two Tasmanians are food insecure. Despite the growing need, only 10 per cent of those in severe food stress are accessing emergency food relief. Why is this? On Tuesday 16 May, 6pm, join the Island of Ideas online conversation with UTAS alumni and experts and help put food on the table for all Tasmanians. Register here.

Calling all Melbourne-based alumni. You are invited to a special Melbourne Alumni Breakfast Event, Plugged In: Can Tasmania Fix Australia's energy problems? Featuring an In Conversation and Q&A session with fellow alumni Professor Richard Eccleston, Director, Tasmanian Policy Exchange and Alex Uzialo, Commercial Manager, Hydro Tasmania. Thursday 18 May, 7.30-9am, hosted at Momentum Energy in the CBD.  Register here. 


Join alumnus Dr Geoff Heriot speaking to the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AAIA) about ‘smart power’, the ABC and the ‘war of narratives’. Based on his book, International Broadcasting and its Contested Role in Australian Statecraft. Wednesday 31 May from 5.30pm in the Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus. Inquiries here.

Applications for the University of Tasmania’s prestigious Rosamond McCulloch Studio Residency in Paris for 2024 are open from 1 May-1 July 2023. Creative alumni  including visual artists, musicians, performers and writers are  encouraged to apply.There will be up to six residencies provided across 2024.For information or to register to attend an online information session on Tuesday 20 June, 3-4.pm see here.

Save the Date! The Fisher Freshers of 1973 are planning a fifty-year reunion for all residents of the College from 1971 to 1975. The reunion is planned for the first weekend of November 2023. For more information please join the reunion Facebook group.

Have you recently graduated from the University of Tasmania?  Check your email for an invitation to participate in the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) from gos@srcentre.co​m.au. This survey gathers feedback on the higher education experience and measures employment and further study outcomes for graduates. Get in early to win up to $1,000. Survey closes 28 May. More information about the GOS can be found here.


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