Welcome to your April edition of Alumni and Friends.

This edition brings news of the four 2024 University of Tasmania winners of Westpac Scholarships. It was a joy to meet these impressive students at a recent gathering in Hobart and to hear from Westpac Scholars Trust CEO Amy Lyden and our Vice-Chancellor about the power of the Westpac Scholars community to drive positive change in Australia. 

Our Q&A this month is a fascinating interview with medical-science alumnus and current Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Professor Tim Walsh OBE who is combatting one of the world’s great health challenges – antimicrobial resistance.

Finally, don't miss your chance to nominate for the re-launched Alumni Committee. Participation in the committee is your opportunity to engage with your University and to advocate on behalf of its community. For further details see the Offers and Opportunities section below.

We hope you find this months edition interesting and inspiring.

Warm regards

Rebecca Cuthill, Director, Advancement 


Into the future: this year's Westpac Scholars announced

A new generation of change-makers share their passion for learning and making a difference.

Groundbreaking medical research from Tasmania to the world

Tasmania helped shape the career of Professor Tim Walsh OBE, a world-leader in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Read his career highlights and advice to young graduates.

Building inroads to investment for entrepreneurs in Tasmania

Through 'Entrepreneurship Experiences', TAS InVent is building the Tasmanian innovation ecosystem one inspiring entrepreneurship connection at a time. 

From teacher to law graduate and University medallist

Penny Stevenson found satisfaction in a teaching career for more than two decades, but still there was an itch to scratch.


Upcoming events

Join us for the Tasmanian premiere of ANTARCTICA in concert, performed by the Sydney Chamber Orchestra and the TSO.

The genesis of Antarctica was a symposium at UTAS  in 2017, where Adjunct Professor Mary Finsterer and Tom Wright collaborated with scientists from IMAS, through the Creative Antarctica Program.

APRIL | 18    ANTARCTICA in concert

MAY | 1         UTAS Alumni Event: Reconnecting with your Student Association (TUSA)

MAY | 11       Alumni feature as part of the TEDxHobart 2024 line up: The Ripple Effect

MAY | 22       Island of Ideas: Voyages in the Deep Sea

JUNE | 4       Island of Ideas: Dollars and Sense: Exposing unfair pricing


Offers and Opportunities

- Opportunity to nominate for a position in the University's re-launched Alumni Committee: Find out more and nominate here

- Your opportunity to watch a recent Island of Ideas Public Lecture: Managing Workplace Mojo: view here

- Visual artists are invited to apply for the James McAuley Fellowship: Find out more and apply here

- Are you a former employee of the University who has now retired? Any member of the alumni community wishing to know more about the activities of the University of Tasmania Retirees Association (UTRA) is invited to contact the President, Mr Bob Cotgrove: email here


We are here to help you. Get in touch with us at alumni.office@u​​tas.edu.au

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Did you know that your gift, regardless of size, will contribute to scholarships, teaching and research that are truly transformational. Together, we will shift the boundaries of what is possible. Find out more

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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