Dear friends, 

Welcome to your September edition of Alumni and Friends.
This edition celebrates the international success of a Tasmanian software company using the power of art for children’s learning, as well as promising vaccine research for Tasmanian devils. We also highlight opportunities in Launceston to study a Masters in Psychology, with the added benefit of a new public psychology clinic.
Our alumnus in profile is world-leading bushfire scientist Professor David Bowman, who has received a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, one of three from the University to achieve this honour. We feature a Q&A with Professor Bowman on the escalating “global fire crisis”.
Finally, I wish to share the recent announcement from our Chancellor, Alison Watkins AM, that Professor Rufus Black will continue as our Vice-Chancellor following the renewal of his contract. The Chancellor commented that, “Under Rufus’s leadership, our University has adopted a compelling strategy of serving Tasmania and making global contributions through focusing on our island’s distinctive strengths.” 

Warm wishes

Rebecca Cuthill
Director, Advancement

Alumni at world-leading software developer Savage Interactive on the power of art

Tasmanian-based Savage Interactive – developers of Procreate, a two-time Apple Design Award winning app for artists – is kicking goals internationally at Disney and Pixar, but their app is also finding a home in the classroom.

Saffire Freycinet guests aid devil recovery

Tourists are helping fund breakthrough research for threatened Tassie devils – bringing vaccines against the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) a step closer.

New psychology clinics tap into Tasmania’s growing psychology workforce 

Expanded postgraduate psychology courses and public clinics enhance access to mental health services across Tasmania.

Alumni in Profile

Professor David Bowman
BSc Hons 1981, PhD 1985, DSc 2001

Top honour for world leader in bushfire research.


Events and opportunities

Join our online series Explore where alumnus Adam Mostogl will let you in on what it takes to turn that idea you’ve been dreaming about into reality. Learn about starting your own business and turning your passion into your next opportunity, while positively impacting our world. Send us your qu​estions in adva​nce and register here. 4 October from 1-2pm.

Our freshly launched Executive MBA helps you accelerate your career, equipping you with knowledge and tools to lead and achieve in your chosen field. Develop capabilities required to make ethical decisions and lead individuals, organisations and communities. Learn more here

Calling MFin or MPA alumni who have graduated in the past 5 years. Become an Applied Employment Skills Package (AESP) mentor. AESP prepares current Accounting and Finance postgraduate students to succeed at university and in their future career. Express your interest and find out more by emailing here

Community Walk at West Park - Learn about the opportunities the Field Building is creating for our region, plans for the future reopening of Makers' Workshop and other site progress. Cradle Coast campus, West Park precinct (4 - 8 Bass Highway). Multiple tour dates available. Book here

Open Day is a great way to explore our campuses and get a taste of life at the University of Tasmania. You can hear all about our courses, pathways and scholarships – straight from students and teaching staff. Hobart 11 September, Burnie 18 September, Launceston 25 September. Register here for an Open Day Event

Two-Headed Tasmanians: Our past, your future. We've all heard of two-headed Tasmanians, but have you ever wondered how and why the name-calling began? Join Dr Kristen Hynes and discover how you can contribute to a brighter and healthier future for all Tasmanians. 22 September, 6pm. Register online here or in-person here


Would you like to share your story? Get in touch with us at​

Please update your details and follow the University of Tasmania Alumni on Facebook to hear about: networking opportunities, receptions, social events, public lectures, forums, exclusive alumni benefits and the latest University news.

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.


University of Tasmania Alumni
Locked Bag 1350,
LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 | Phone +61 3 6324 3052​

Authorised by the Director, Advancement
© University of Tasmania ABN 30 764 374 782

CRICOS Provider Code 00586B

privacy | optout for registered users | optout by emai​l