UTS Law First in the Family Reception

As part of the Law Faculty’s 40th Anniversary, we're highlighting UTS Law's tradition of diversity and opportunity in legal education. We're celebrating alumni and students who have overcome challenging circumstances to attend UTS Law, especially those who are first generation in their family to attend university.

Building on our foundation of access to education for all, we value more than ever the opportunity to provide students from diverse backgrounds the chance to have a world-class legal education. Our alumni are a testament to what can be achieved in society when everyone irrespective of their background is given the chance to have a formation in the law.

Hosted by Professor Lesley Hitchens, Dean of UTS Law, this event brings together alumni, students, staff and friends of the Faculty who share our passion.

For UTS Law alumni, whether you are first in the family or just firmly believe in the transformative power of education, the reception is a special opportunity to connect with and encourage UTS Law students from diverse backgrounds. Learn about the impact of equity-based assistance programs and how you can make a difference to our students.

For UTS Law students, build your network of professionals who value your place at UTS Law and want you to thrive and succeed at uni and in your career. Many of them share background stories similar to yours.

First in the Family will feature remarks and words of wisdom from:

  • Rob Coombe, Chair QSRH Ltd, UTS Luminary and a 1990 UTS Law alumnus. Rob has over 35 years' experience in banking, insurance and wealth management throughout Australia and Asia. Rob is the first in his family to attend university and an advocate for the UTS Law Equity Scholarship Fund.
  • Alison Whittaker, a Gomeroi woman from Gunnedah, NSW and a 2016 UTS Law alumna. Recipient of a UTS Law Equity Scholarship and a Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship, Alison will pursue a Master of Laws at Harvard University in August 2017.
  • Christopher Yong, a 5th year undergraduate Law student who co-founded the UTS Blockchain Creative Cluster and is recipient of a UTS Diversity Access Scholarship, made possible by support from UTS alumni.