Tessa Pollack (BA (Hons) 1994; Master of Urban Studies 2000) has spent 14 years living and working with Aboriginal communities.
So much was her involvement, that she has been given a skin name by the Jawoyn people to indicate her acceptance into the community. This is an honour reserved for only a few trusted and respected non-Indigenous people. Tessa began her research interest whilst in her Honours year where she investigated how primary school education in South Australia impacted on an Indigenous child's aboriginality.
Adrian Buddle graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA (Languages and Politics) in 1990.
Spanning a 22 year career in the banking sector, Adrian has worked everywhere from London and back. In 2010, Adrian joined the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ as the Managing Director of Corporate Finance.
Gladys Berejiklian, MP (BA and Graduate Diploma in International Studies) was appointed NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations following the election of the Baird Government in March 2015.
Gladys was born in Sydney and is of Armenian descent. She completed studies in Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney before completing her Master of Commerce at UNSW.
Over the last decade, Tommy Murphy (BA 2004) has become one of the great success stories in Australian theatre.
One of the most respected and popular playwrights of his generation, his work has been performed by all the major Australian theatre companies as well as having successful seasons internationally. Now, with his film adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s classic love story Holding the Man (based on his own award-winning stage adaption) set to close this year’s Sydney Film Festival
Rabbi Dovid Slavin received a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2013.
Whilst his passion for research focuses on what was lost to the Jewish world in the Holocaust, (as opposed to the method of destruction of European Jewry) and his commitment to education and his professional life is impressive, it is his dedication to those most in need that is truly inspirational.
Australia’s first astronaut Dr Paul Scully-Power AM, DSM, NSM (BSc, DipEd, DSc)
Dr Scully-Power – who had a particularly close involvement with the debating society while studying at the University of Sydney - was the first Australian-born person to journey into space. His passion for continually learning new skills has underpinned the crucial life competences necessary for a career of such high achievement.
Emma Rawling, (BA) completed a degree with majors in Celtic and Medieval Studies, and has had a career which at first glance seems remote from her studies, but really it all connects.
She had an interest in all things Celtic from high school years so her choice of University subjects was never in doubt. Her other main interest was always in animals, domestic pets and horses. After a period learning to be self-sufficient in a tepee in a forest in Tasmania, she travelled to Ireland to pursue her interests there.
Annie Corlett (BEc) has had an impressive career - and while some may know her as business woman extraordinaire - we hold her in very high esteem as President of the Alumni Council of the University of Sydney, for her dedication and commitment to our students, staff and alumni.
Her passion and leadership as President proved to be so popular amongst the University and Council members that she was re-elected to the Council this year.
Alex Heath’s passion for the world of economic policy was apparent very early on when she completed her BEc (Hons) at the University of Sydney.
Currently she heads up the Economic Research Department at the RBA, and her passion and commitment, along with her wealth of knowledge and expertise is inspiring. Here she shares with us her fond memories of her time at the School of Economics and her ongoing commitment to work within public policy.
To date alumnus Matthew Carney (BEc 1988), has had a truly impressive 25 year career as a leading Australian reporter and producer.
His stories have been both compelling and ground breaking, as he has covered an unbelievable number of international crisis situations in war torn countries. War zones such as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, West Bank and Gaza through to Afghanistan, Libya and East Timor and more.