Welcoming new graduates, nursing aboard Africa’s Mercy Ships and living to 120

Welcome to the October edition of Alumni and Friends. We love sharing your achievements and stories, keeping you connected with our global alumni community and wider university network, and informing you about events and opportunities.

In this edition, we feature a legend of the performing arts, hear of a nursing graduate helping to deliver life-changing operations aboard Mercy Ships in Africa, and explore the possibility of living to 120!

Keep a look out for the 2021 edition of Alumni magazine which you will receive in digital format or by post to your contact details below. You can update your details or preferences online.

Would you like to share your story? Get in touch with us at alumni.office@u​tas.edu.au

From Hobart to the world stage

Acclaimed Director Roger Hodgman reflects on a life in the performing arts, from directing the worldwide blockbuster Wentworth to plays, musicals and operas.


Alumni in profile 

Aziza Sahib
Bachelor of Nursing 2012

From Mercy Ships in Africa to long shifts in operating theatres and rolling out vital COVID-19 vaccines, nursing graduate Aziza Sahib is proud to be delivering help where it’s most needed. 


University pathways to social inclusion

“My story is really about what can happen when someone believes in you,” says alumnus Jamie Mitchell.

Island hopping - which islands quoll-ify for translocation

After a drop in quoll numbers in Tasmania, alumna Molly Barlow (BSc Hons 2019) is seeking a solution across the sea.

Capturing the stories of those caring for loved ones with dementia

An alumna’s research project recording the personal stories of people caring for life-long companions with dementia is providing powerful insights and reflections, while highlighting the need for more support.

“Age is hackable,” says alumnus Tristan Edwards (BCom 1997)

Watch the recording of Tristan in the Explore Series Webinar “Targeting the Biology of Ageing” where he talks about the possibilities of humans living to 120 in good health.


Events and opportunities

Fire course

October is bushfire awareness month. What better time to enrol in the Living with Fire unit offered as part of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living, or a free short course taster.

For younger members of our University community (and their parents) check out the Peter Underwood Centre’s fabulous media dedicated to fun learning: The Wonder Weekly and UCTV.

Island life may have changed a little, but the ideas don't stop flowing. We've taken our Public Lecture Series online, ensuring our mission of nurturing learning in the community is not interrupted.

Alumnus Captain Gerry O’Doherty, Master of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina, sends a special message as part of the CityTalks webinar, Gateway City: Hobart’s Antarctic Future, on October 26. Register here.

Calling past collegians, come and celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Christ College with a gala weekend on campus 12-14 November. For tickets, accommodation and merchandise please see here.

Nominations are open for the Royal Society of Tasmania Doctoral Awards, recognising two PhD graduates who have made significant advances during their doctoral research. Award recipients receive $1,000 and an invitation to present a lecture to the Society.


We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which the
University of Tasmania campuses are located, and to their elders past, present and emerging.


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