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.
Alumnus and Rhodes Scholar Eric Knight (BA 2006 Government and International Relations LLB 2007)
launched his new book Reframe: How to Solve the World's Trickiest Problems on February 6. In his critically acclaimed book, Knight draws on his knowledge and experience as both a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumnus and an alumnus of Oxford University to deliver a fresh approach to contemporary political and economic issues.
Dr Robyn Veal BSc (1983) BA(HONS) (2005) PhD (2009)
Is a shining example of how you can successfully juggle family, research and work whilst still maintaining life balance. Throughout her life, she has not been afraid to explore contrasting areas of study or make drastic career changes. In the last ten years, this has culminated in a passion to pursue archaeology, in particular environmental archaeology.