March 2015

Rosanne Hunt

As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week, we take a look at UTS graduates who are living this year’s IWD theme – ‘Make It Happen’ – including an interview with UTS Luminary, Nasima Rahmani, about her inspiring work as the Director of the Women’s Empowerment Centre at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Kabul, and 2014 Alumni Award Winner Jacqui Feeney, who balances her role as Managing Director at Fox International Channels with a passion for supporting social justice documentaries.

In this edition, we also check in with alumni making waves in the world of fashion, consumer behaviours, and medical science, and hear your first impressions of the eye-catching new home for the UTS Business School.

And if you’re in Jakarta, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur this April, make sure you RSVP to attend our first International Alumni Reunion events for 2015!

Kind regards,

Rosanne Hunt
Deputy Director, Alumni and Communications

Leading change in the lives of women in Afghanistan

UTS Luminary, Nasima Rahmani, speaker at International Women's Day Breakfast Event

A tireless advocate for the rights of women, UTS Luminary Nasima Rahmani’s trailblazing work is helping to create a better life for Afghan women.

Alumni give thumbs up to Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Mirrored interior of the new UTS Business School

Is it a bird’s nest? A treehouse? Or a giant Jenga set? More than 10,000 alumni and friends of UTS were among the first to see inside the UTS Business School’s new home. Hear their first impressions.

UTS fashion graduate scoops major prize

Model walking the catwalk dressed in bandana and shirt with dollar sign

A $10,000 award from New South Wales’ peak business organisation is helping fashion designer Vanessa Emirian to launch a successful start-up business.

A curious mind sparks research interest

UTS Alumnus Dominic Hare

When Parkinson’s disease claimed the life of a close relative, UTS alumnus Dominic Hare’s mission to develop a treatment became personal.

Affection springs eternal for Kuring-gai campus

Kuring-Gai campus carp pond

With the closure of UTS Kuring-gai at the end of the year, we invite you to share your memories, experiences, and thoughts on how to say goodbye to our leafy northern campus.

Research identifies barriers to ethical buying

Dr Paul Burke with coffee and chocolate, two of the products his research covered

What matters most when consumers decide whether they will, or won't, buy ethical products? UTS researchers reveal the reasons why shoppers make ethical purchasing decisions.

Jacqui Feeney: creative leader behind business success

Jacqui Feeney

UTS business alumna, Jacqui Feeney, balances her work with her passion for supporting social justice documentary projects.

Two students looking up information in a newspaper

Alumni in the News

Rangan Srikhanta

This former refugee wants to change the world one laptop at a time, with his Lego-like, modular computer for kids.

Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo

Why style icon Sarah Jessica Parker chose two Australian designers, the founders of Tome, for her first shoe collaboration.

Anna Funder

The UTS Luminary and author shares the story behind the school book that changed her life.

Peter Doyle

Curator of the State Library’s ‘Pulp Confidential’ exhibition, uncovers the saucy side of Sydney’s 1940s storytelling scene.