Welcome to your May edition of Alumni and Friends.

From alumni who have co-created a new television crime series, to an Aboriginal Tasmanian man from Cape Barren Island headed to Japan as a Westpac scholar, the University’s graduates are making a difference.

Our alumni profile this month tells the story of law alumna Catherine Matterson, who benefited from revolutionary burns treatment and has been inspired to give back through a medical scholarship.

We also bring you the exciting news that the University of Tasmania has been ranked number one in the world for Climate Action in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Sadly, this month saw the passing of our colleague and friend, former Executive Director Advancement, Kate Robertson. Kate was a strong advocate of enabling the widest possible range of students to have access to the rich and varied opportunities a university experience offers. I personally continue to be inspired by Kate’s deep passion, strength and courage.

Speaking about Kate’s legacy, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, said, “Kate’s many contributions have significantly shifted the University's approach to philanthropy and alumni engagement."

Warm wishes

Rebecca Cuthill
Director, Advancement

Meet the performing arts alumni behind an upcoming crime drama series 

“If you’ve got faith in an idea/a project and it stays with you, there’s a reason for it. You’ve got to go for it. Dig deep and don’t be afraid to have a go; it can lead you to all sorts of places.” Alumnus Franz Docherty (ADipArt in Drama ’90).

How a passion for storytelling has led to a Westpac scholarship in Japan

From a degree in cybersecurity to storytelling in Japan, Tasmanian Aboriginal man Tom Dickinson is set to unite people across language and cultural divides.

University of Tasmania tops world climate action ranking

Your University is the highest ranked university in the world for climate action according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Alumni in Profile

Catherine Matterson 
LLB Hons 1993

Catherine Matterson (left) was the first child in Australia to benefit from a skin suit to treat burns, a surgeon’s gift for which Catherine’s passion for ‘paying it forward’ began.


Events and opportunities

Join us for a Diploma of Family History Webinar ‘More than a story: Australian fathering and family history, 1919-2019’ – learning from oral histories with Professor Al Thomson & PhD student Jill Barnard. Register here.

Make the most of your Friday lunchbreak and enjoy our series of free 50-minute concerts at the Hedberg, performed by students, staff and alumni of the School of Creative Arts and Media. Bringing exceptional music to the local community. Register here.

Discover what our future University campus at Inveresk will provide on an evening walk around the precinct. Departing at 4.30pm on 31 May from outside the new Library building (also includes a tour inside) the walk will take 45mins. Register here.

Are you interested in recent advancements in education technology and extended reality? Join the University’s Faculty of Education for a free public lecture and education technology demonstration. Monday, 16 May at 5.15pm (5:30pm start), Domestic Arts Building, Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie. Register here.


The University is seeking organisations to host business interns for the 2022 Corporate Internship Program which enables business students to apply their knowledge within practical, real-world settings. Contact (03) 6324 3332 or email here

Beacon Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation working towards an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment. We invite UTAS alumni interested in becoming a volunteer mentor to contact us.


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

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