July 2016

Rosanne Hunt

Welcome to the July edition of the UTS alumni newsletter!

This issue features inspiring stories of alumni success and recent honours. From an emerging filmmaker's project getting selected by The Weinstein Company for development to a music therapist's healing work at a children's hospital – our graduates are making an impact.

Our campus continues its transformation with the latest university announcement to redevelop UTS's Building 2. Take a look at the new design which, besides sporting a stunning glass façade, will house innovative learning spaces, a new state-of-the-art library, Student Services hub and more.

Our international alumni events are in full swing. This May we were honoured to be part of the Guangzhou-Sydney Sister City Relationship 30th Anniversary celebration. And our recent alumni reunions in China were a great success! The next stop is Vietnam — join us for networking and a discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi this July!

I also wanted to let you know that sadly this is my last message from e:Connect as I am retiring later this month.

In the past four years I have been privileged to meet many wonderful graduates from around the world, and worked with outstanding colleagues at UTS. I have so enjoyed sharing their stories with you, celebrating achievements and being part of the fabric of this exciting and dynamic university.

I thank those who have supported the university in so many ways, and know that you will make welcome the next Deputy Director, Alumni Relations soon to be announced.

Best wishes for the future,

Rosanne Hunt
Deputy Director, Alumni Relations and Communications

Distinctive design for new Building 2 revealed

Artists impression of the new Building Two

UTS's Building 2 is set to transform into a glass-fronted, fluid architectural structure, future home of a state-of-the-art library in the heart of the campus overlooking Alumni Green.

A major grant gives life to UTS graduate's film project

Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan has won a $50,000 grant that will see his script, inspired by a controversial event in 2012, produced and screened at the Sydney Film Festival.

Self-destructing bacteria a possible key to infection control


A discovery that the drug resistant superbug can explode itself for the benefit of its "community" is giving UTS scientists a new path to follow in controlling antibiotic resistant infections.

Mobile art therapy project by UTS alumna receives top honour

Chloe Yuen

Architecture graduate Chloe Yuen's "breathtaking" proposal for the delivery of mobile art therapy for mental health patients has been awarded the prestigious Architects Medallion.

A new way to save koalas

Koala in a tree

Human infertility research, led by UTS molecular microbiologist Dr Willa Huston, is crossing the species barrier to give new hope in the fight to save koalas.

The healing power of music

Matt Ralph

UTS alumnus and music therapist Matt Ralph has worked for Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick for 12 years. He tells the story of the transformative effects of music on young patients.

UTS Alumni Reunions in China

Picture from the 2016 Hong Kong Reunion

More than 300 alumni attended UTS Alumni Reunions in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong in June as we hosted a conversation on innovation and entrepreneurship. See the event photos here!