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The Tasmania Dilemma: Do I stay or do I go?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

University of Tasmania


University of Tasmania


 The Tasmania Dilemma:
Do I stay or do I go?

Four distinguished UTAS alumni discuss how their education at
the University of Tasmania and their connection to Tasmania
has shaped their post-study journey and career


  • Luke McGregor, lead actor, Rosehaven and comedian
  • Dr Amy Jackett, curator of the Hadley’s Art Prize
  • Fraser Johnston, digital producer and science communicator
  • Zoe Edwards, media director, GetUp!

Facilitated by Dr Louise Grimmer, lecturer in marketing, retail researcher and founder and convener of the Tasmanian Retail Network.

Date: Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Refreshments from 5.30pm

Venue:  Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

Register now


For further information please contact:

Alumni Relations Office
P: +61 3 6324 3052

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Luke McGregorLuke McGregor (BA/BEc 2007)
Lead actor, Rosehaven and comedian

Luke McGregor started his stand up comedy career in Tasmania in 2007 when he entered the raw comedy competition after one of the contestants didn’t show up. In 2008 he was selected as a Raw Comedy national finalist.

In 2013 Luke’s first solo Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show My Soul Mate Is Out Of My League’ played to sold out rooms

and won the prestigious Best Newcomer Award.  He appeared in a wide range of television programme, including It’s A Date, Legally Brown, Spicks & Specks and the Tasmanian web series Noirhouse.

In 2016 Luke presented Luke Warm Sex (ABC), a show that took an embarrassingly honest and humorous look at all things ‘sex’. Luke then teamed up with Celia Pacquola for the hit series Rosehaven (ABC) a new comedy filmed in Tasmania which they wrote and performed the lead roles in. Rosehaven season two has just hit screens around Australia.



Dr Amy JackettDr Amy Jackett (BA/BFA 2008, BFA Hons 2009, PhD 2013)
Curator of the Hadley’s Art Prize

Amy Jackett is the curator of Australia’s newest major art award, the Hadley’s Art Prize for contemporary Australian landscape art. Amy grew up in Tasmania and completed her studies at the University of Tasmania, including a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class Honours, followed by a PhD in Art Theory. She then moved
to the tropics to take up the position of Lecturer in Visual Arts at Charles Darwin University in Darwin.

In 2015 Amy co-curated the exhibition Counting Timelines for the Darwin Festival. In 2016 she was involved in another Darwin Festival event, this time as a writer and artist, in an exhibition called Waiting for Water which was shown in Darwin, Alice Springs and Lake St Clair in Tasmania.

Amy is thrilled to back in Tasmania and feels privileged to have a job which enables her to share her passion for art with others.



Fraser JohnstonFraser Johnston (BSc 2013, BA Hons 2014)
Digital producer and science communicator

Fraser’s always had curiosity for science and nature, strengthened by exploring Tasmania’s wild landscapes with his friends and family as a child, it wasn’t until he moved overseas in his 20s that he decided that his curiosity about the world was something that he wanted to turn into a career.

Returning to Tasmania in 2011 to formally study science and

journalism, he taught himself film making by volunteering on the sets of short films and practicing photography in his spare time.

In 2015 he started Crow’s Nest Media with Andrew Terhell, a Hobart based production company with a primary focus on providing media and communications support for scientific research and institutions.  

Fraser has since worked on blue chip natural history programmes including the BAFTA nominated Attenborough’s Light on Earth and the upcoming National Geographic series One Weird Rock.  Crow’s Nest have a number of feature projects in various stages of development that they hope to release in the near future.



Zoe EdwardsZoe Edwards (BA/BEc 2007)
Media director, GetUp!

Zoe Edwards is GetUp's media director, charged with telling the story of the organisation and its one million members.

Zoe spent eight years in various reporting and producing roles, including on the ABC's flagship political TV program Insiders and national breakfast TV program News Breakfast.

Before joining GetUp Zoe piloted the Climate Media Centre, a not-for-profit PR hub set up to help hundreds of everyday Australians tell their story about climate change in the mainstream media.



Facilitated by:

Dr Louise GrimmerLouise Grimmer (PhD 2015)
Lecturer in Marketing, Retail Researcher and Founder and Convener of the Tasmanian Retail Network

Dr Louise Grimmer has a PhD in retail marketing and is a Lecturer in Marketing and a Retail Researcher in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.

Louise's research focus is issues management and crisis communications in the context of the retail industry, factors affecting small and independent retailers, and how marketing communications can help retailers grow their firms.

Louise is also leading the ‘Just Like the Locals Airbnb and Retail Project’ which examines the impact of Airbnb host recommendations to guests in helping drive tourist visitation to local shops and restaurants. Her other research interests are supermarket and department store retailing and how the digital economy is transforming traditional modes of shopping.

Louise is a Member, Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) and Tasmanian State Committee Member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI). She is also a Member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). Louise is an invited Judge for the National Retailer Awards and she is the Founder and Convenor of the Tasmanian Retail Network.




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