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From left: University of South Australia Chancellor Pauline Carr with Alumni Award recipients Henrietta Marrie AM, Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM, Elaine Bensted, and Vice Chancellor and President Professor David Lloyd

UniSA's Night of Nights

In the biggest event in its eight-year history, the Alumni Awards Gala Dinner saw 230+ members of the UniSA community gather for this popular black tie event. The recipients were announced on the Bradley Building LED screen as guests arrived to walk the blue carpet. Photographs from the event can be found on our webpage. “I could not be more proud of the outstanding alumni we are honouring this year. They have contributed immensely to society and represent exceptional leadership across diverse areas, all sharing a strong commitment to community,” says Vice Chancellor David Lloyd. more…

Henrietta Marrie AM

Henrietta Marrie

While she was still a teenager it was foretold that Henrietta Marrie AM would “travel over lots of waters”. While she did not think much of it at the time, this most certainly came to pass when she became the first Aboriginal Australian to be appointed to a United Nations agency. Based in Montreal, Henrietta travelled the world advocating for the interests of 1.2 billion people. more…

Robert Hill-Smith

Robert Hill-Smith

A member of the fifth generation of the descendants of Samuel Smith, founder of Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, Robert Hill-Smith once had aspirations of becoming a sports photographer. However, after completing his schooling, he worked as a “cellar rat” during vintage at Yalumba and found he enjoyed the process, the people and the science. more...

Elaine Bensted

Elaine Bensted

When a fear of needles and the sight of blood put paid to her aspirations to become a vet, Elaine Bensted put her tertiary education on hold and took a job in a bank while she considered her future. She stayed for 17 years. Then, looking to consolidate and transfer her skills, she completed a MBA at UniSA and moved into the public sector. Today, she works in the not-for-profit arena as Chief Executive of Zoos SA. more...

Arman Abrahimzadeh

Arman Abrahimzadeh

While Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM was in his early 20s, his mother passed away in tragic circumstances. Inspired by the support of the community and by joining forces with his two sisters, the Zahra Foundation was established in her honour. With the Foundation operating successfully in South Australia and now Newcastle, Arman continues to draw on his own experience to help others. more...

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Events & Exhibitions

Tuesday 14 November >> London Connect Networking Event

We're coming to London! Join Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington AO, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise and Standing Acting Vice Chancellor, and Dr Colin Taylor, Chief Advancement Officer, at our London Connect Networking Event. Please register here.

Thursday 16 November >> UniSA Enchanted Magical Reunion Dinner in Singapore

Our Singapore-based alumni are invited to join our Guest of Honour His Excellency Allaster Cox, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington AO, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise & Standing Acting Vice Chancellor and Dr Colin Taylor, Chief Advancement Officer at this special event. Please register here.

Thursday 16 November >> Mt Gambier Connect Networking Event

If you live on the Limestone Coast and attended any of our campuses or antecedent institutions, we'd love to see you at this event. Please register here.

Thursday 16 November >> Of Brain and Body

Alumni, family and friends are invited to join us at the next free Successful Ageing Seminar entitled Of Brain and Body: Introducing the Wonderful World of Bioplasticity. If you are unable to attend, you can view this and other seminars online.

16 November to 22 March >> Saltbush Country

On display at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Saltbush Country provides a rare opportunity to experience the works and worldviews of Aboriginal artists working independently across regional South Australia. In this exhibition, seven artists tell stories of their culture, community and connection to Country. Saltbush Country is presented as a partnership between Country Arts SA and the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of Tarnanthi.

Until 24 November >> Flex

Are limits made to be pushed? We dare you to find out. Alter your form and find ways to play, where your body and the rules of the space it inhabits are different than here on Earth. Navigate ethical challenges and tell us, where do you draw the line? FLEX that bit further, let’s see what you are capable of. Don't miss your chance to see this exhibition at MOD.

Thursday 23 November >> Storytellers

Highly respected ABC anchor, bestselling author and hit podcaster Leigh Sales AM takes us on a tour of the journalism profession, from News Reporting to Editing, via Investigative, Commentary and of course Interviewing. In conversation with fellow journalist, David Penberthy she discusses her latest book, Storytellers. Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

Thursday 7 December >> Annual Hawke Lecture: Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO

Eminent Australian scholar and a descendant of the Yiman and Bidjara nations of Queensland, Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO Hon Doc will deliver the 24th Annual Hawke Lecture. Langton has devoted her career to advancing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She is an activist who has made significant contributions in the field of Indigenous law and social justice. Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

Achievements & Opportunities

UniSA Hong Kong Alumni Chapter members with the UniSA Advancement Team

A visit from our Hong Kong Chapter

We are most grateful to Chapter President Maggie Leung for arranging a small group tour to Adelaide to coincide with our Alumni Awards Gala Dinner. While our HK alumni were here, they connected with a few of their peers living in SA who joined them on campus tours, a visit to our Advancement Office, a trip to Mawson Lakes (where they tried out the flight simulator) and attended our black tie dinner.



Professor Stuart Pitson and colleagues

International Brain Tumour Awareness Week
During International Brain Tumour Research Week the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation visited the Centre for Cancer Biology to celebrate their successful collaboration with the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, Harvey Foundation and Wilkins Family Foundation. Two projects currently in the pipeline are a paediatric brain cancer biobank and new immune-based therapies for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. The paediatric brain cancer biobank is expected to improve treatment outcomes for 120 Australian children diagnosed with the deadly disease each year. A total of $250,000 has been pledged by the NRF, Wilkins Family Foundation and the Harvey Foundation to support this research from 2023-2025. In a separate project, $300,000 provided by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation (JDRF) will help UniSA researcher Associate Professor Lisa Ebert to develop new immune-based therapies for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. Please donate to Brain Cancer Research at UniSA.



Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd shaking hands with UniSA alumnus Stevie Liu at the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

UniSA visits China

Recently Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd and Chief Advancement Officer Dr Colin Tayor joined Premier Peter Malinauskas and other senior University delegates on a trade visit to China. During the visit, we met with many of our alumni in Shanghai and Beijing at formal events hosted by StudyAdelaide. We also ran into alumnus Stevie Liu, Assistant Front Office manager at the Fairmont Hotel where we were staying!


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