November 2015

Rosanne Hunt

I'm thrilled to share with you the recipients of this year's UTS: Alumni Awards, who were honoured at our recent ceremony. Each year this program unearths so many exceptional graduates – innovative and compassionate leaders who have drawn on their UTS experience to achieve positive change and significant success in many fields. Take a look at our video featuring highlights from the evening, and read the inspiring stories of this year's recipients here.

The latest edition of Tower magazine will be available next week and to enjoy all the additional special features, please make sure you download our new app at its new address. If you have subscribed in the past please make sure you update your Apple and Android devices. Once you have subscribed it automatically stays up to date, and our previous edition are there as well.

Our summer issue includes an interview with alumnus Graeme Mason, Head of Screen Australia, a look at the legacy of Kuring-gai campus as it closes, and a snapshot of UTS's creative intelligence initiatives.

We're also holding our inaugural alumni reunions in India this month, so if you're in Mumbai or New Delhi please do join us.

As this is our final edition of e:Connect for 2015, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy festive season. It has been a busy and exciting year for the UTS community, and I look forward to sharing news of our plans for 2016 with you early next year.

Kind regards,

Rosanne Hunt
Deputy Director, Alumni Relations and Communications

Entrepreneurs with social impact take top honours

2015 Alumni Award winners

More than 200 alumni, staff and students attended the UTS: Alumni Awards gala dinner and ceremony on Thursday 22 October to honour 11 of the university’s most outstanding and inspiring graduates.

The beat of his own drum

James Tawadros recording music

James Tawadros isn't your ordinary 26-year-old. He's a scientist, biomedical engineering graduate, ARIA-winning percussionist and a "die hard for Mozart".

Making a difference

Fatima Shafaie

With assistance through the Ezekiel Solomon Scholarship, UTS student and passionate social justice advocate Fatima Shafaie is pursuing her dreams in media and law.

Refugees have entrepreneurial potential

Isha Kamara with a camera

A report by UTS Business School’s Professor Jock Collins has found that with the right support Australia's refugees have significant potential to contribute to our economy.

Li Hua Tong: The power of one

Li Hua Tong in front of a piece of modern art

Last year's UTS: International Alumni Award recipient, Li Hua Tong navigates a highly complex political environment to bring justice to China's most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Teaching parents how to parent

A mother takes cues via an earpiece during a family behaviour clinic with her child

Good parenting is not instinctive for many adults, especially if they've had a difficult upbringing. But a new initiative is showing that parents can be taught how to be more effective.

How to train your robot

Sarath Kodagoda with his robot

Find out how hands-on classes are teaching undergraduate students to create complex robots capable completing meaningful tasks, like search and rescue missions.