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University of Sydney Alumni are in the news around the world every day. However we would like to hear about the adventures of less public, but equally interesting, alumni. Tell us what you are up to and where your University degree has taken you personally and professionally.

You can submit your update online or you can email your story together with any photographs to the Alumni and Events Office at


Lyndall Hord (BMusStud ’11)
Lyndall Hord

Was chosen as one of 11 women from around the world to take part in 3 Peaks 3 Weeks 2012. She climbed three of Africa’s highest mountains in just three weeks to raise money and awareness for key issues facing East Africa. At the age of 23, she was the youngest member of the team and was excited at the prospect of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mount Kenya in what she described as the toughest physical challenge of her life.

At the time of writing, the team members had collectively raised more than $80,000 and hoped to reach a goal of $100,000. “The fundraising is split three ways between St Jude’s School in Tanzania, the Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya and the HIV/Aids program run by Support for International Change,” she explained before her departure. “Not only do we climb three different mountains, we also get to visit the three charities and it is a great opportunity to see where the money goes and the people we are helping first-hand.”

Hord graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music last year and is now studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy).


Bronwyn Lovell (BA ’04 MLitt ’08)
Bronwyn Lovell

Says she was “stunned and honoured” when one of her poems reached the top 50 shortlist for the $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize. The prize was judged by an editorial board of leading poets from around the world, including Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the United States.

Lovell is an emerging poet and spoken-word performer in Melbourne, where her poetry has been featured at several local events and festivals, as well as on community radio and television. She has a writing residency at the non-profit organisation Kinfolk Cafe as part of Australian Poetry’s Cafe Poet Program, and she is a workshop facilitator for the Centre for Poetics and Justice. In 2011 she travelled to the US, where she was the first Australian to compete in the Women of the World Poetry Tournament.

She has been published in literary journals and anthologies, and she is also a published children’s book author.


Dr Anne Holland (BHlthSC ’94)
Anne Holland

Is the recipient of the prestigious American Thoracic Society/Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Grant. The award, valued at $80,000 over two years, will support Dr Holland’s research into pulmonary fibrosis and recognises her achievements as an outstanding early-career scientific investigator.

Her work will examine people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), who live with breathlessness, reduced exercise capacity and poor quality of life. She hopes to show why pulmonary rehabilitation benefits some patients but not others in improving breathing and walking ability. The study, which will compare 94 patients with IPF, will provide patients and doctors with certainty regarding the role and timing of pulmonary rehabilitation, ensuring the best possible outcomes in quality of life and community functioning.

Dr David McIntosh (MBBS ’79 MPHlth ’86 PhD ’98)
David McIntosh

Was named a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in October. Pictured here with the Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce, Dr McIntosh received the honour for service to medicine, particularly in the areas of vaccines and infectious diseases, and to the community through the Glebe Music Festival, of which he is Artistic Director.

He has had a distinguished career that has included roles as Honorary Paediatrician at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; Honorary Professor at the Russian Academy of Medical Science; Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at London’s Imperial College, and Visiting Lecturer at Charles University and University Hospital Bulovka, both in Prague in the Czech Republic.

He is a member of a number of committees and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) and others.

Ian Oppermann (BSc ’90 BE (Elec) ’92 PhD ’98)

Has been named an IEEE Fellow in recognition of his contributions to mobile communication systems. The distinction is conferred by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishment in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognised by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement. Oppermann is one of 329 people to have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2012.

The US-based IEEE is an association with more than 400,000 members in 160 countries around the world and is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, telecommunications and computers to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.


Mark Tredinnick (BA ’84 LLB ’86)

Won the prestigious Montreal International Poetry Prize in December. British former poet laureate Andrew Motion said of Tredinnick’s poem Walking Underwater, which won the $50,000 prize, “This is a bold, big-thinking poem, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are re-cast and re-kindled. It well deserves its eminence as a prize winner.”

Tredinnick is the author of The Blue Plateau, Fire Diary and nine other acclaimed works of poetry and prose, and has taught at the University’s Centre for Continuing Education for a number of years. He lives in the highlands south-west of Sydney. Fellow poet Judith Beveridge describes him as “one of our great poets of place – not just of geographic place, but of the spiritual and moral landscapes as well”.

In addition to his 11 books, two more are on the way in 2012. As well as The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir (which won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award) and Fire Diary (winner of the WA Premier’s Book Prize), Tredinnick is the author of The Road South (poems on CD), The Little Green Grammar Book, The Little Red Writing Book (published outside Australia as Writing Well: the Essential Guide), The Land’s Wild Music, A Place on Earth, The Little Black Book of Business Writing, with Geoff Whyte, The Lyrebird (poems) and most recently Australia’s Wild Weather.


Ronald Ridley (BA ’62, MA ’66)
Ronald Ridley

Was honoured to be a student of Geoffrey Evans and Edwin Judge, before being appointed inaugural Teaching Fellow in Ancient History (1962–4). He then became a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where he was promoted to a personal chair (now Emeritus).

He took with him Therese Dominguez, who worked in Fisher Library (they married in 1965) and who is now an historian and translator. Ridley’s main areas of teaching and publication, apart from the history of the ancient world, are the histories of Egyptian and Roman archaeology, the history of historical writing, the history of autobiography, and the history of the University of Melbourne.