Alumni knighted, solving hand sanitiser shortages and other success stories


Welcome to your November edition of Alumni and Friends.

Next month we will be sending you our first digital-only Alumni magazine. We look forward to sharing the incredible stories from our community, many of whom have made significant contributions in a challenging year.

We’d also like to invite you to attend our first online University of Tasmania Alumni Annual General Meeting, register via the link below.

Alumnus knighted in UK’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education

Congratulating Sir Edward Byrne for the well-deserved honour acknowledging his long and distinguished career.

Learning to read the rocks

How a country boy who grew up on the red fertile farmland of Tasmania became the first in his family to study at University.

Congratulations to our Churchill Fellows

Blood transfusions, road safety, building sustainability and health literacy. Meet the graduates who will shape the world for the better.

Pivoting during the pandemic: the elements of success

When three friends heard there was a shortage of hand sanitiser, they felt obliged to step up to keep their state safe.

What’s within Tasmania’s beautiful Blue Lakes?

Water skiers and swimmers are drawn to the vivid aqua appearance of the lakes, but an alumna explains what lies beneath the surface and how it could be harmful.

Alumni in profile 

Bill Cromarty
Bachelor of Engineering 1979 

When Bill first started studying engineering calculators didn’t exist. He remembers refining his project management skills in the renowned ‘chariot races’ through streets of Hobart. Discover how he built an engineering firm from the ground up.


Events and opportunities

Don’t forget to register for the online University of Tasmania Alumni Annual General Meeting on 19 November.

You will hear from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, about how our strategy is progressing and how we responded to the challenges of the global pandemic. We will also provide an overview of how the alumni relations program has innovated and adapted this year. 

Explore Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and the Multilateral System with alumna Lisa Singh (BA Hons 1996).

“The workload was intense” remote learning took its toll on parents. Read our alumni researchers in The Conversation.

Life-changing research led by Dr Rahul Patel aims to reduce the amount of time patients need to spend in hospital.

New graduates, don’t miss the opportunity to have your say! Check your University email for an invitation to participate in the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS). Surveys close on 23 November.

Pharmacy graduates are invited to take part in a
15-minute phone survey. Participants could win a $50 gift voucher.

Are you in Launceston? Hear award-winning alumnus and author Robbie Arnott speak about his new novel.


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