Alumni Award winners announced, keeping creativity alive, international prize for science communicator, and Geology alum reflections 

Welcome to your November edition of Alumni and Friends.

This month we are excited to announce the recipients of our 2022 Alumni Awards and congratulate our winners who are contributing in extraordinary ways to making our world better, from on-the-ground humanitarian work in Ukraine, to diplomacy, and important research into anxiety and depression.

We also find out about inspiring art extension classes created by Fine Arts and Education alumnus Hamish Hall, and recollections of a life well-travelled in Geology with Bob McNeil. 

A new link has been added to eNews to ensure you can stay updated on how the University is evolving at each of our campuses via the Transforming our University tab below.

We hope you are inspired by the alumni stories below.

Warm wishes

Rebecca Cuthill
Director, Advancement


Alumni Award winners announced 

From influential careers in psychology, diplomacy and policing, to on-the-ground humanitarian work in Ukraine, this year’s University of Tasmania Alumni Award winners are using education and leadership to empower others.

Keeping creativity alive in the community

Art alumnus Hamish Hall has created a thriving small business running art classes for adults and teenagers. And, yes, you get to keep the painting.

Bob McNeil (BSc Hons 1959, MSc 1981) on a life well-travelled

We love hearing from alumni with stories to tell, like Geology graduate Bob McNeil. His 57-year career has taken him from Tasmania’s North-West to Papua New Guinea, throughout Asia, Egypt, the Americas and even Siberia.

Alumni in Profile

Dr Chloe Lucas
PhD 2018

From a career making BBC documentaries to being a dive master on the Great Barrier Reef, alumna Dr Chloe Lucas is passionate about effective communication concerning climate change.


Events and opportunities

Did you graduate over 40 years ago? This is your opportunity to gather with alumni and friends for the annual 40+ Club Luncheon. Tuesday 29 November, 12.00pm at the University Club, Sandy Bay Campus. Early Bird special of $55pp has been extended to 18 November. Register here.

You are invited to attend the online 2022 Annual Meeting of UTAS Alumni. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, will provide a University update, followed by a Q&A opportunity. Tuesday 29 November, 5-6pm. Register here. 

Have you heard about Bushfires and Your Health? It's a FREE online course for anyone interested in how bushfires and bushfire smoke affect your health – and what you can do about it. Enrolments are now open for the November course. Sign up now and get prepared for the summer ahead. Interested? Sign up here.


Monday 21 November: Warwick Smith AO LLB 1979, Chairman of Ord Minnett Investments, presents an AIIA Tasmania lecture, Government House, Hobart; “Foreign Policy within a Trading Nation, the Pacific, Asia and the World – the danger of mediocrity”. Contact AIIA Tasmania for further information.

Graduate outcomes survey

Calling all recent UTAS graduates – how would you rate your university experience? By contributing your views and experiences, you’re helping improve higher education for everyone, including current and future UTAS students. Get in early to win up to $1,000. Surveys close 27 November. Check your email for an invitation to participate from​

Join our incoming State Council student representatives for a Meet and Greet to discuss hot topics impacting students and Tasmania. Wednesday 30 November 5.30-7pm, Boodle Beasley Function Room, 315 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. Light Refreshments provided. Register here.


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