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Never Stand Still The Magazine for Alumni and Friends ORLD Winter Issue 24 ROUNDHOUSE GLORY DAYS Page 12 UNSW Cover story UNSW UNSW ORLD 36 34 Alumni celebrate the Roundhouse s past and look to the future ORLD UNS WORL D KIRBY TURNS 30 35 Page 9 35 FAMILY TREE Page 20 UNSW THE WENHAM FAMILY THE BASSER SPIRIT LIVES ON Page 19 ORLD UNSW ORLD COMING FULL CIRCLE UNSW ORLD 34 36 Page 16 12 CONTENTS 09 THIS ISSUE 4 6 8 9 12 16 18 16 19 20 22 23 There is a remarkable intersection that these treatments are good for the individual but also extraordinarily effective at stemming the rate of transmission individuals and populations benefit. P R O F E S S O R S E A N E M E R Y HEAD OF THE KIRBY INSTITUTE S THERAPEUTIC AND VA C C I N E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M HIGHLIGHTS The latest on campus and beyond ALUMNI AWARDS Applauding Illuminating Alumni MESSAGE Jon Paparsenos Vice-President Philanthropy RESEARCH Kirby Turns 30 COVER STORY Roundhouse Glory Days THEN & NOW Coming Full Circle UNSW PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR S APPEAL IMPACT The Basser Spirit Lives On FAMILY TREE The Wenham Family PAGETURNERS Blood Year MESSAGE Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Director Alumni and External Engagement 24 JOHN MONASH SCHOLARS 27 SCHOLARSHIP APPEAL MESSAGE PROFESSOR IAN JACOBS President and Vice-Chancellor elcome to the Winter 2016 edition of UNSWorld your alumni and friends magazine. We have had a great many developments since the December 2015 issue. We have announced the first phase of the implementation of our 2025 strategy. In doing so we have started the search for 600 up-and-coming and leading researchers. This marks a key step in our bid to position UNSW as Australia s Global University ranked in the world s top 50. In partnership with Arizona State University and Kings College London we have launched the PLuS Alliance which you can read about on page 5. This international partnership is tasked with finding research-led solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges. Bolstering our innovation agenda UNSW has been selected to host one of the first Torch Innovation Precincts outside of China. An initial 30 million investment has been secured by eight Chinese companies to support Australian research in advanced materials biotechnology energy and environmental engineering you can read more about this on page 4. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Industry Innovation and Science the Hon. Christopher Pyne visited UNSW to help launch the new Quantum W computing laboratory complex in April. The prime minister hailed the worldleading work of Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons and her team. UNSW is working with Universities Australia on a major initiative to address sexual assault and harassment on campus. The Respect. Now. Always campaign highlights Australian universities determination to ensure students and staff are safe from sexual assault and In our cover story we focus on our beloved Roundhouse another UNSW institution . With refurbishment works scheduled to commence in July it seemed appropriate to look back to the origins of the space what it has meant to students over the years the key role it plays in student life today and how the updated Roundhouse will fit in with the wider campus transformation works that we are undertaking. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Industry Innovation and Science the Hon. Christopher Pyne visited UNSW to help launch the new Quantum computing laboratory complex in April. The prime minister hailed the world-leading work of Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons and her team. harassment. While these issues affect society as a whole we are committed to playing a determined role to change the culture provide a safe and welcoming environment and act decisively fairly and in a supportive way to address incidents of sexual violence at UNSW. In this issue we look back on 30 years of the Kirby Institute and take stock of the progress the Institute has made in leading the research effort against blood-borne viruses and related infections in Australia and the region. In the next issue I look forward to sharing highlights with you from the inaugural UNSW Alumni Entrepreneurs and Innovation Summit in San Francisco. The Summit featured talks from some of UNSW s most successful entrepreneurs including Atlassian s Scott Farquhar and AirTree Ventures Daniel Petre. I hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to welcoming you back to UNSW soon. Kind regards Ian Jacobs Alumni and External Engagement Office UNSW AUSTRALIA Sydney NSW 2052 Phone 61 2 9385 3279 Fax 61 2 9385 3278 Email alumni Director Alumni and External Engagement Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Editors Melinda Ham & Mike Hall Design Magnesium Media On the cover Happy memories of the Roundhouse. Australia Post Print Post Approved PP 255003 07978 UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 CRICOS Provider No. 00098G UNSWorld Page 3 HIGHLIGHTS It is our responsibility to preserve press freedom. We have a responsibility to lift our game. If journalists don t we abrogate the most basic responsibility to our democracy... PETER GRESTE SHINING A TORCH ON INNOVATION P P IS THE PEN MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD be concerned that one of the pillars of democracy a free press was under threat. It is our responsibility to preserve press freedom. We have a responsibility to lift our game. If journalists don t we abrogate the most basic responsibility to our democracy ... a free press capable of asking the difficult questions. Politicians too must also recognise what we stand to lose if they are too swift to limit the work the media does. Journalists had a duty to remain sceptical he said. We have to avoid blindly adopting the politically-loaded rhetoric of our leaders. When we are under attack it is the easiest thing in the world to adopt jingoistic language to close ranks to shun outsiders to flatten the attackers into two dimensional demons and ultimately fail to get to the bottom of the problem. He concluded with a quote from Gandhi In a true democracy every man and woman is taught to think for himself or herself. But he emphasised that this cannot happen if the media isn t allowed to provide or is incapable of providing the information people need to think for themselves and take part in democracy. eter Greste the Australian journalist working for the Al Jazeera News agency who was jailed on alleged terrorism charges in Egypt in 2013 spoke at this year s Gandhi Oration. He reflected on how press freedom globally was under attack by both governments and terrorists alike. Greste argued that the governments of Turkey China North Korea and Russia had used the guise of the War on Terror to attack the media. And then there is Egypt where my two colleagues and I were jailed for a variety of terrorist offences and broadcasting false news to undermine national security when all we sought to do was cover the country s political struggle in a balanced way he said. But Greste was quick to point out that the UK and Australia had also clamped down on press freedoms referring to the ASIO Act the Foreign Fighters Bill and the Data Retention Bill as specific examples in Australia. Of course propaganda and censorship are as old as war itself but that has generally been a struggle to control the story rather than targeting the storyteller he said adding that all Australians should rime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have unveiled an unprecedented 100 million partnership to deliver a major boost to Australian research and development through the creation of a new UNSW science and technology precinct. The new Torch Innovation Precinct is the first such partnership outside China and is backed by leading Chinese companies and the Ministry of Science & Technology s flagship Torch high technology industry development program. So far an initial 30 million investment has been secured by eight Chinese companies to support research in Australia in advanced materials biotechnology energy and environmental engineering. This first group of UNSW Torch industry partners will set up incubator spaces on the Kensington campus in close proximity to researchers and a growing community of student entrepreneurs. Then with continued investment a new purpose-built innovation precinct will be established by 2025. The Gandhi Oration marks India s Martyrs Day the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi s assassination on 30 January 1948. Page 4 UNSWorld HIGHLIGHTS UNSW S NEW STARS Professor Susan Dodds Professor Helen Lochhead Professor George Williams Professor Emma Johnston ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES Professor Susan Dodds a leading researcher in moral psychology ethics and political philosophy has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. Dodds was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Tasmania where she was also Deputy Provost. adjunct professor at the University of Sydney has been appointed head of UNSW s Faculty of Built Environment. Lochhead has also taught at UTS and in the United States at MIT Harvard University Columbia University and the New York Institute of Technology. foundation director of the Gilbert Tobin Centre of Public Law. He is a practising barrister and has written more than 34 books. SCIENCE Professor Emma Johnston the 2015 winner of the Eureka prize has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). As well as heading UNSW s Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab Johnston is also inaugural director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. LAW UNSW has appointed constitutional lawyer Professor George Williams as Dean of the Faculty of Law. Williams joined UNSW from ANU in 2000 when he was appointed Anthony Mason Professor of Law and BUILT ENVIRONMENT Professor Helen Lochhead an architect and urban designer formerly serving as Deputy NSW Government Architect and an THE PLUS OF BEING A UNSW SCHOLAR T he PLuS Alliance a new international partnership between UNSW King s College in London and Arizona State University is opening new avenues for research collaboration for UNSW scholars. Sixty PLuS Alliance fellows 20 from each institution were announced in February. They will work across the three universities in key areas of global health social justice sustainability and innovation and technology. More fellows will be announced as the Alliance develops. Professor Chris Roberts the former CEO of Cochlear is the first PLuS Alliance Professor. He will spend significant time at the Alliance universities identifying opportunities for collaboration. I m excited to be part of bringing together these three great universities and facilitating the Alliance activities through innovation and entrepreneurship he said at the time of the launch. UNSW President and ViceChancellor Professor Ian Jacobs added Our combined scale international reach and expertise will enable us to deliver innovative solutions to grand challenges which are beyond the scope of our individual organisations. More than 20 programs will be available from September 2016. Degrees to be offered include BA BS in Sustainability Global Health Community Health Whole Person Care Business and Global Logistics Management Masters in Science of Healthcare Delivery Infectious Diseases Intelligence and Sustainability Leadership UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs President of Arizona State University Dr Michael Crow and President and Principal of King s College London Professor Ed Byrne UNSW s PLuS Fellows Global Health David Cooper Michael Farrell Michelle Moulds Fleur Johns Kristy Muir Carla Treloar Sustainability Greg Leslie David Sanderson Roger Simnett Social Justice Eileen Baldry Lyn Craig Thomas Frame Lyria Bennett Moses Katharina Gaus Justin Gooding Scott Kable Nigel Lovell Karin Sanders Chris Tinney Technology and Innovation Darren Bagnall UNSWorld Page 5 ALUMNI AWARDS Applauding Illuminating Alumni F Melinda Ham reports on an evening full of nostalgia among high-achieving alumni at this year s awards dinner. (BSc 84 PhD 88) never learned how to cook but became a successful academic. Twelve former students won awards marking their contribution to public life long after their graduation. The awards covered arts and culture business and innovation science and technology medicine and health and sport. Winners were chosen from 277 000 alumni in 146 countries. I am particularly delighted that their achievements range over such a spectacular spectrum of areas of expertise President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said in opening remarks at this year s award dinner in May presided over by Chancellor David Gonski who won an alumni award himself in 2003. Bob Cameron who won the Business and Innovation award said he was probably the oldest recipient he began studying at the School of Mining in 1970 with only one woman student in his year. I was at university at a wonderful time we had a full-time wizard on campus. There were rom blossoming romance on the library lawn to finding entrepreneurial inspiration from lecturers or wrangling parking permits this year s Alumni Award winners looked nostalgically back at their university days. John M Green (BJuris LLB 77) a former Student Union Council president recalled sleeping on the lawn during law lectures. Bob Cameron (BE 74) chairman of Centennial Coal remembered his girlfriend taking lecture notes for him while Professor Margaret Sheil Above 2016 Alumni Award winners with President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs and Chancellor David Gonski Page 6 UNSWorld ALUMNI AWARDS Right Tim Fung Below Shaun Gladwell Unfortunately this strategy actually involved a bit too much risk and I abandoned it after about three weeks. Tim Fung I was at university at a wonderful time we had a full-time wizard on campus. Bob Cameron moratorium marches followed by wonderful rock concerts. We had water and flour fights I think it was the engineers versus the med students on the library lawn he said. Between lectures Cameron drank coffee and played cards at the Roundhouse with his girlfriend from the University of Sydney and then she came along to his electrical engineering class to take notes for him. A high point was scooping up a parking permit as a member of the Student Union Council. Lawyer philanthropist investment banker and crime novelist John M Green and his wife Jenny (BSc 76) a former IT consultant and now acclaimed sculptor jointly won the Arts and Culture award along with contemporary video artist Shaun Gladwell (MFA 05) a participant in various Biennales globally. Jenny Green s sculpture Fraction of a Whole now stands in the UNSW Library looking down on the library lawn the site where a wonderful romance grew she said referring to meeting John and their subsequent marriage at university. In his acceptance speech John Green described how he and a friend created the UNSW Idiotic Club just to get a parking permit. In 1971 with long hair and bushy beard he was part of UNSW Law s first intake. On a sunny day we d go outside the huts (the temporary lecture rooms) and sprawl out on the lawn under the sun in what was called the Socratic method and go to sleep he said. The Greens have donated scholarships worth 100 000 over five years for eligible HSC holders to complete an undergraduate combined law degree. University of Melbourne Provost Professor Margaret Sheil won the Science and Technology award. Sheil had completed her undergraduate UNSWorld Page 7 Above left Bob Cameron and Associate Professor Paul Hagan the Head of School Mining Engineering. Above right Betty Kitchener ALUMNI AWARDS DR PETER COUSINS BE 01 PHD 05 DR EDDY S ARIA ATMADJA BE 79 MENGSC 81 HONDUNIV 14 DEPUT Y COMMISSIONER CATHERINE BURN BA 95 USMAN KHAWA JA BAV 09 degree and PhD at UNSW in the School of Chemistry. I was one of just a few girls in my class she said. And on my first day of university one of the lecturers told us It s really good to have girls in the class we ll help you with the cooking later on. Sheil pointed out that she never became a good cook in her eight years at UNSW. Betty Kitchener (BA 79) founder and CEO of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was awarded the Medical and Health award. Her global program has trained 1.2 million people in 20 countries worldwide including medical students at UNSW. Kitchener told the audience that her husband and best friend Professor Tony Jorm co-founder of MHFA should also have received the award. Kitchener and Jorm met as students but spent most of their time together in the library rather than lounging on the lawns. Start-up entrepreneurs Tim Fung (BCom 06) and Jonathan Lui (BE 06) who jointly won the Young Alumni Award met at UNSW and in 2011 they founded Airtasker an online marketplace for home and office jobs. Above Alumni Award winners Peter Cousins Eddy Sariaatmadja NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn and Usman Khawaja In his speech Fung admitted that as a student he conducted a risk assessment on parking permits to see if it was cheaper not to get one at all. Unfortunately this strategy actually involved a bit too much risk and I abandoned it after about three weeks he said as the room erupted in laughter. Lui thanked UNSW for fostering their entrepreneurial spirit and opening a lot of doors. Completing the evening fourthyear Commerce Law student George Pasas took out the inaugural award for Student Volunteer. MESSAGE d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Jon Paparsenos UNSW s new Vice-President Philanthropy. I started in the role on 29 February and since then I ve done my best to immerse myself in the university and alumni communities. I ve met a number of directors serving on the Foundation Board and I ve visited alumni in Hong Kong Singapore the UK and Melbourne. My first official event in the role was the Alumni Awards dinner and in late June I was in San Francisco for the inaugural UNSW Alumni Entrepreneurs and Innovation Summit. It s been a bit of a whirlwind but I We have world-class staff and facilities across our campuses and a strong vibrant and talented alumni community to engage with. JON PAPARSENOS Vice-President Philanthropy the experience has left me more energised than tired. Based on the people I ve met so far and the things I ve seen I believe UNSW is in a great position. UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Jacobs and his team have laid out an unapologetically bold plan for us to aspire to. We have world-class staff and facilities across our campuses and a strong vibrant and talented alumni community to engage with. We all benefit from a strong and reputable UNSW and the involvement of our alumni supporters and friends is a critical factor in our success. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and hope I can welcome you back to campus in the near future. Best regards Jon Paparsenos Page 8 UNSWorld RESE ARCH Kirby Turns 30 The Kirby Institute s achievements are cause for celebration as UNSW s world-leading infectious disease research centre marks its 30th anniversary writes Melinda Ham. THE HISTORY S cientia Professor David Cooper now the Kirby Institute s Director was a specialist at St Vincent s Hospital when the HIV AIDS pandemic loomed back in the early 1980s. More and more people kept coming to the hospital with symptoms of HIV. This was a completely devastating time he says. We started off with a couple of beds in our immunology ward and soon we just couldn t keep up. There was a lot of fear of the unknown. In one early response Cooper and some colleagues met key Sydney gay organisations and set up a study to enrol these men with HIV AIDS and follow them over time. This became SAPS the Sydney AIDS Prospective Study one of the most influential early studies defining the natural history and immune response to HIV. Cooper was the founding director of the National Health and Medical Research Council s Special Unit in We ve been part of a miracle of modern medicine. AIDS Epidemiology and Clinical Research established at UNSW in 1986. This became the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society in 2011 to better reflect its research focus. Its name honours Michael Kirby Australia s longest serving judge and a passionate advocate for health and human rights. With the development of effective antiretroviral therapy in 1996 HIV is now a chronic manageable disease. We ve been part of a miracle of modern medicine says Professor Sean Emery head of the Kirby Institute s Therapeutic and Vaccine Research Program. Previously HIV was a fatal infection and now we have individuals diagnosed and going on to live near normal lives albeit taking a cocktail of drugs every day. When Emery joined the Institute in 1993 most research focused on the UNSWorld Page 9 RESE ARCH the vast majority of the 230 000 Australians living with the disease. The Kirby Institute has been an international leader in evaluating new hepatitis C treatments among people who inject drugs Dore says adding that global pharmaceutical company development programs exclude people with ongoing drug use and many settings deny access to highly curative treatments for these people. Thus our clinical trials continue to build the evidence of effectiveness in the most marginalised populations with hepatitis C he says. The huge challenge now is to move towards the elimination of hepatitis C as a major global health problem Dore adds. This will require continued efforts in research public health policy development and advocacy for access for therapy for all. To this end the Institute also has a multi-disciplinary Viral Hepatitis Epidemiology and Prevention Program headed by Professor Lisa Maher. It conducts public health research focused on people who inject drugs recognising this is a diverse population of people both within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. These treatments are good for the individual but also extraordinarily effective at stemming the rate of transmission. efficacy of experimental antiviral medications. But as the drug regimens evolved and became more effective the focus switched to more strategic questions that determined how the drugs could be used more effectively should they be taken every day or episodically and how and when should they be started By effectively treating infected individuals transmission to uninfected individuals is reduced Emery says. There is a remarkable intersection that these treatments are good for the individual but also extraordinarily effective at Page 10 UNSWorld stemming the rate of transmission individuals and populations benefit. Today the Institute s researchers are also involved as the international coordinating centre for HIV clinical trials in more than 300 sites in 30 countries. Other projects include trialling preventative treatment regimens on sexually active gay men and also the many strands of the START (Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment) project including liver fibrosis pulmonary and neurology sub studies. EXPANDING ITS SCOPE Scientia Professor David Cooper In the mid-1990s the Institute s academics also became involved in projects assessing the transmission rates and impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and hepatitis C on the general population. The Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program was formed in 2003 and now focuses on three main areas clinical research through national and international trial networks molecular virology research and epidemiological research using data linkage studies and mathematical modelling. Professor Greg Dore heads the program which particularly focuses on people who inject drugs the key population affected by the hepatitis C virus. The federal government has committed 1 billion over the next five years to subsidise new treatments for hepatitis C which have a cure rate of 95 per cent potentially making them available to INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS From the early 1990s researchers at the Institute became involved in Indigenous health by ensuring the collection of national HIV data included the status of Australia s first people. Professor Greg Dore RESE ARCH This means clinics can get quick results most often on the same day and provide immediate treatment right away instead of waiting for weeks Kaldor says. Sometimes people with an infection had left the community by the time the results came back. Professor Sean Emery REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT But it was not until 2007 that the Institute established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Program with the explicit mission of closing the health gap between Indigenous and nonIndigenous people focusing on sexual health and bloodborne viruses. The Program led Australia s first national survey into the sexual health and relationships of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (GOANNA) and also the STRIVE study which works with remote Aboriginal community clinics to support them to improve the uptake of testing and treatment of STIs among adolescents and young adults. Our research showed that testing in the clinics improved 30 to 40 per cent says Scientia Professor John Kaldor who has a long involvement with the Institute s Aboriginal health research. That was a good start but it still needs to be much higher we want to really help services to find ways to improve uptake. We also discovered that these remote services need ongoing support to ensure sexual health stays on the agenda. Another project currently implemented in remote communities is TTANGO (Treat Test And Go) a worldfirst trial. Using point-of-care technology initially created to test for tuberculosis researchers are working with health services to implement and evaluate point-of-care tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea across clinics in remote Aboriginal communities. With more than 200 researchers in 13 research program areas the Kirby Institute s primary functions are to co-ordinate national surveillance programs population health and epidemiological research and to conduct clinical research and trials. It was a natural progression for the Institute to set up research collaborations with countries in the AsiaPacific region including Thailand Cambodia Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to work with local researchers responding to epidemics in their own countries. These outbreaks are often concentrated in vulnerable populations such as men who have sex with men people who inject drugs sex workers and transgender people. The Institute s researchers have assisted in a wide range of projects including therapeutic trials public health surveillance systems and training for research in these countries. We worked closely with the Cambodia Ministry of Health when it really embraced HIV treatment and are now assisting in Indonesia where people living with HIV need more options for accessing testing and treatment. We are using observational research and interventional research to find out what works in improving access Kaldor explains. The Institute has had a strong collaborative research program in PNG particularly in recent years. The program has collected the first comprehensive information It s unusual in a medical career to see the evolution of a disease from its beginnings to ... where medical research is bringing it under control. on a number of key STIs. Researchers are also involved in evaluating the same point-of-care technology used in Indigenous research to test pregnant women for curable STIs that could adversely impact their babies birth health. Another unique program is looking at penile cutting practices widely practised in PNG. Studies in Africa have definitely shown that male circumcision protects against HIV says Kaldor. We are trying to find out if partial cutting traditionally done in PNG is also protective and if so why. Reflecting on the Kirby Institute s 30-year history Cooper says it s been a fascinating journey. It s unusual in a medical career to see the evolution of a disease from its beginnings to a disease that emerged as a global health catastrophe to this point now where medical research is bringing it under control he says. I feel valued to be involved in this work and to have been able to make a difference for so many people. The Kirby Institute would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their generous support New South Wales Government Australian Government The Atlantic Philanthropies Estate of the Late Peter Ikin Anonymous Berg Family Foundation The Glendonbrook Foundation Ms Jillian Segal AM Mr John Roth and The Roth Charitable Foundation Mr Geoffrey Alder Estate of the Late Dr Lynn Joseph To find out more about the work of the Kirby Institute or how you can support their endeavour to lead the research effort against bloodborne viruses and related infections in Australia and our region please contact the UNSW Foundation on 61 2 9385 3202 or unswfoundation UNSWorld Page 11 Scientia Professor John Kaldor COVER STORY The Roundhouse was Sydney s first totally round building and became the location for Bacchus Balls unforgettable rock performances and more. Its renovation will include exterior glass cladding to make it more energy efficient Roundhouse Glory Days Former students remember it as a donut a pancake and a spaceship but more than five decades after the Roundhouse was built this unique space remains the pulsing heart of UNSW writes Melinda Ham. Page 12 UNSWorld UNS WOR LD 34 UNS WO UNS WO RLD 36 34 UNS WOR LD UNS WOR LD 35 35 Emeritus Professor John Niland was the president of the UNSW Student Union at the time and he recalls his wonder when he first saw the building after returning from the summer break in March 1960. We crossed over Anzac Parade and saw this enormous concrete pancake the foundation of the Roundhouse he says. Lots of theories floated about. Some people thought it was a huge landing pad for a spaceship. We were in awe at first but today it s part of the University s DNA. UNSW Chancellor David Gonski also saw the Roundhouse under construction when he visited the campus as a seven-year-old. My father took me for a walk through UNS WOR LD UNS WOR LD 36 UNS WOR LD We crossed over Anzac Parade and saw this enormous concrete pancake the foundation of the Roundhouse. Lots of theories floated about. Some people thought it was a huge landing pad for a spaceship. EMERITUS PROFESSOR JOHN NILAND Dr James Vernon a member of the Australian Universities Council officially opened the Roundhouse on 27 July 1961. It was a cutting edge architectural statement Sydney s first ever circular building and one of the only buildings solely dedicated to student life on a NSW campus. The Roundhouse cost 320 000 to build and was designed by the Government Architect and Edwards Madigan Torzillo Briggs architects who later built the National Gallery and the High Court in Canberra. T EARLY DAYS he Roundhouse s history is a rich tapestry it has housed wedding receptions raucous concerts Bacchus Balls and even a conga line protest. Now it s heading for a major 25 million facelift beginning in July to carry it through the next century. what I might say was some pretty unbuilt premises down to this round donut he says adding that he only saw the Roundhouse fully built a decade later as a UNSW law student in 1972. EATING HOUSE From then onwards the Roundhouse evolved into the great magnet the heart of the campus where all students congregated recalls Margaret Gidley Baird (n e Pooley) (MBBS 74). It was where everyone had coffee and met up because at the time there were no caf s no little restaurants and takeaways on campus like there are now. Coming from a regional area John Anderson (MA Hons 72) used the Roundhouse like a second home. For a lot of people it became [a place for] their evening meal their coffee between lectures and a place to socialise play cards and come to balls he says. It was pretty crucial to get good cheap meals and they were provided at the cafeteria. I have fond memories of it. The food was good and you were grateful. UNSWorld Page 13 COVER STORY Clockwise The Foo Fighters in concert lead singer Dave Grohl John Niland (second from left) at the Roundhouse s 1961 official opening As a student Maryanne Williams (BA 77) waitressed at the Roundhouse. Because the building is round by nature you have no angles and corners to remember where a table is. So you have these plates and you ve been walking around and around and the more you walked the more giddy you d get she recalls. Anderson remembers how in July 1962 the University Union which managed the Roundhouse rented it out to ABC television for a ballroom dancing series. This angered many students as it closed down three quarters of the ground floor. I think there was a genuine sense of outrage Anderson says. That caused a great kerfuffle among students who resented this and so they decided to take action. Max Bourke (BSc Hons 63) who was working at the offices of Tharunka the student newspaper recounts what happened next A conga line was organised of about 100 people from memory. So when the show was up and fully running in comes the conga line and weaves its way through the ballroom There were clashes with people and the presenter of the ABC went absolutely hysterical about it. Page 14 UNSWorld Gidley Baird held her wedding reception in the Roundhouse s upstairs common room in 1970. We had a buffet [a] casual reception with help-yourself food and then you could sit down and chat and walk around she says. It was friendly and everyone was talking and laughing. It is a very happy memory. Geoff Bartels (BCom LLB 76) recalls the annual Roman-themed Bacchus Ball put on by the Commerce students and also the Pyjama Ball. There were a whole bunch of mattresses spread out on the floor (of the Roundhouse) he says. The girls were in very short pyjamas almost negligees and the guys just had boxers on. The Roundhouse also hosted many bands including Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs Ratcat in the 1980s Fatboy Slim in the late 1990s the Foo Fighters in 1999 before their superstardom the Living End in 2001 the Porkers Millencollin Frenzal Rhomb and many more. Nick Hore (BFA 93) came to see the Birthday Party at the Roundhouse in 1983 with lead singer Nick Cave. It was an amazing performance he says. It was a big sweaty heaving crowd. Nick Cave had this huge mop of black ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE hair which was all kind of teased up and crazy. Two decades later David Hume president of the Student Union in 2005 describes a typical day at the Roundhouse then. During the day you ll find students playing pool table tennis video games dancing watching the cricket listening to classical music playing indoor sport or just sinking a few quiet beers with friends in the beer garden he says. Come night-time and the Roundhouse will be transformed for a boxing match a rock concert for a Top 40 band a formal dinner for a student club a trivia night a stand-up comedy night or a dance party for 2000 people. Today the Roundhouse is available to more than 270 clubs and societies. Weekly student activities include bingo poker comedy nights pool theatre sports open mic nights clothes swaps arts week international night markets Foundation Day festivities trivia nights and the Festival of Sport. Tom Morrison is a fifth-year medical student and chair of Arc the student body that organises all extra-curricular activities across campus. Probably the biggest event we ever had in my time at The Roundhouse was the centre of student life for clubs meals and events such as the Fatboy Slim concert shown here ROUNDHOUSE GLORY DAYS UNSW was Oktoberfest in 2013 with the Roundhouse as the centre and then various tents and other structures around it with bands and food. With more than 5000 people attending it was incredible. RENEWAL John Niland who returned to UNSW as an Industrial Relations professor and was then President and Vice-Chancellor from 1992 to 2002 is one of the Roundhouse rejuvenation champions. In his time as Vice-Chancellor Niland continued the work of his predecessors and instigated much construction at UNSW including the Red Centre and the Scientia building (for UNSW s 50th anniversary) which was later named after him. In 2007 the Royal Australian Institute of Architects awarded him the President s Prize for the UNSW campus redevelopment. I have been the president of the National Trust and I think the Roundhouse needed to be saved but adapted to a modern purpose Niland explains. We need to make it into a building that will live and breathe again. And that s exactly what s happening this July when the 12-month renovation of the Roundhouse kicks off. Under the plan devised by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) Architects a glazed high-performance glass cladding screen will replace the building s original fa ade. Peter Tonkin TZG director says this patterned glass with its shimmery space-age feel will give the Roundhouse visual and virtual connectivity to the surrounding gardens and the external recreation and study areas while increasing the building s energy efficiency and sound proofing. Although the building is not heritagelisted we saw it as a vital lynchpin in the history of UNSW and a focal point for the young people of Sydney says Tonkin. We wanted to really enhance the character of the Roundhouse but freshen up the interiors to let in much more daylight in the lobby and create a whole range of meeting rooms on the upper floor that are more adaptable and functional. Neil Morris Vice-President Campus Life and Community Engagement is very involved in the renovation and says the two new lounge rooms one facing north and the other north-west will bring a whole new dimension to the Roundhouse interior pulling in winter sun to make the building more inviting in cold weather. Outside the beer garden will also have expanded use with adaptable gates that can either open up to the campus or be closed for a ticketed event. The new Roundhouse will create a sense of place and be really visible from the light rail entrance on Anzac Parade 24 7 Morris adds. And at night the glazed windows will light it up making it a beautiful sight. Student clubs bars entertainment and eating areas will be housed in temporary pop-up marquees while the Roundhouse is being renovated. As the home of student interaction on campus the refurbished Roundhouse will help ensure that students learn more at university than solely through the lab the library or the classroom says President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs. Alumni supporters and friends can be part of the Roundhouse through naming rights and other recognition opportunities. For more information please contact Christopher Lewis chris.lewis or 61 2 9385 8344. UNSWorld Page 15 at UNSW using the skills and experience she gained working for corporates and not-for-profits to help grow her alma mater as UNSW s Development Manager Future Giving. THE LIFELONG SPORTSWOMAN Coming Full Circle Alumna Janet Hall (BA Hons 77 MCom 86) talks to Melinda Ham about how 40 years after studying at UNSW life has come full circle. W atching music legend Paul Stookey of American folk group Peter Paul and Mary perform at the Roundhouse back in 1974 was a highlight of Janet Hall s time at UNSW. The group performed at anti-war rallies many of their songs promoting racial equality and social justice and their global hits included Leaving on a Jet Plane and If I Had a Hammer . I also often went to the Roundhouse to collect my scholarship money and then I d eat my lunch there with my friends recalls Hall. At other times we would sit on the library lawn listening to all the political speakers of the day talking against uranium mining or in favour of women s rights. The then Vice-Chancellor [Sir] Rupert Myers even joined us. Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics. Her honours supervisor was the former secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Professor Peter Shergold who she describes as an innovative thinker with a great intellect. Hall later received a Master of Commerce majoring in Marketing. UNSW was the main reason that I decided to stay in Australia says Hall who was born in Canada. During second year I was asked to do Honours and that was a milestone to committing to living here for much longer than I had originally planned. Four decades later her life has come full circle. She s back Above Janet Hall with Clancy on top of Africa s Mt Kilimanjaro Born in Vancouver Hall has been an active sportswoman throughout her life. Now aged 60 she kayaks skis plays golf and cycles long distance for charity as well as hiking and mountaineering. Last year she conquered the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for research into gastrointestinal cancer a disease from which her father died in 2005. Hall s dad had encouraged her to start playing tennis when she was only seven years old. She entered her first club championships at the age of 10 and progressed to regional and then national competitions. By age 15 she d scooped both the under-16 and under-18 Canadian junior titles. Two years later in search of bigger opportunities she emigrated to Australia to live with family friends in Bondi who knew the renowned tennis coach Don Ferguson. I clearly remember my mum walking me all the way to the departure gate in Vancouver to say goodbye you couldn t do that today. Although my mum was a very creative and intelligent woman she hadn t had many educational choices and so as a single mother she wanted me to spread my wings and achieve more than she ever could Hall says. I was lucky it was so easy to settle in Australia. I threw all my energy into playing tennis and studying for my HSC. Every day I was up at 5am to play or study and then again after school. Achieving high marks Hall received an offer from UNSW and a scholarship. I talked to lots of people and knew I wanted to attend a young and vibrant university rather than an old boys club she says. While at UNSW she continued to play club tennis in Sydney s Eastern Suburbs but even with Ferguson s help Hall realised she wouldn t progress her game to greater heights. Page 16 UNSWorld THEN & NOW By age 15 she d scooped both the under-16 and under-18 Canadian junior titles. Before coming to Australia I never had professional coaching so while I was physically fit I would never be the whole package. I didn t have the mental strength to continue into higher level competition she says. A FULFILLING AND VARIED CAREER Instead Hall focused on her career. Graduating in 1977 she worked as a UNSW research assistant and then held various roles in market research and public relations in companies including KFC Westpac (Investment Bank) a boutique financial services company and a specialist public relations firm. After 30 years working in the corporate world Hall acted on her long-held passion for the environment by leaping into the not-for-profit sector with a threeyear contract with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Our WWF-Australia corporate partnership team created a new social responsibility model for the financial services sector that had never been seen anywhere before in the corporate or NGO world she says with some pride. I was working with ANZ s salespeople encouraging them to be more aware of the environmental impact of their energy mining and forestry clients. We worked together to develop new financing models to deliver sustainable business practices encouraging long-term sustainability. The model Hall piloted was then replicated at WWF offices in US Canada South Africa the UK Germany and the Netherlands. After a stint at the Leukaemia Foundation in 2012 she joined UNSW s Development team currently focusing on bequest giving as Development Manager Future Giving. I talk with our alumni and supporters who share my love for this place and really want to know that future generations will continue to receive a first-class education here she says. I act as a facilitator really between our donors and the University matching a donor s desire for a lasting legacy with the University and nominating an area of research or student assistance that they can support usually in perpetuity. Always up for a challenge Hall trained for six months last year to join a group of 14 people who d also lost family members to gastrointestinal cancer in their charity climb of Mt Kilimanjaro in November. Raising money for the GI Cancer Institute Hall achieved her goal to attract 1 for every metre of the 5 895-metre mountain a decade after her father s death. Hall was confident she d done everything possible to prepare for the trek even packing a Clancy the Lion the UNSW mascot. But after climbing for six days to base camp what was it really like to reach the top of Africa s highest peak It was an amazing feeling. I had a sense of pure joy peace and tranquillity that I have never felt before. Even with the wind blowing and the temperature so cold at -18 degrees Celsius (and that is without taking into account the wind chill) I felt on top of the world. You can buy your very own Clancy the Lion through the UNSW Bookshop. Proceeds help students from disadvantaged backgrounds access a UNSW education. UNSWorld Page 17 ALUMNI APPE AL UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor s Appeal At UNSW we are extremely proud of the level of support our alumni and friends offer to our scholarships program via the President and Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Scholarship Appeal. The program provides life changing opportunities for students from disadvantaged and rural backgrounds. The money provided helps alleviate the costs of relocation living and essential study materials. We want to take this opportunity to thank those who have made a contribution and encourage others to consider making a gift. NO. OF ALUMNI SUPPORTERS ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE NT 13 SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED QLD 313 80 GRADUATES WA 142 AUSTRALIA 5994 SA 74 NSW 4747 39 ACT 316 VIC 349 3.5 M IN CASH & PLEDGES TO DATE TAS 40 It s not too late to support the 2016 appeal Simply fill out the donation form accompanying this issue and return it to the UNSW Foundation or call 9385 3279. All donations over 2 are tax deductible. Page 18 UNSWorld 6087 DONORS TO DATE 2009-2016 IMPACT Left John Holden (at centre front) when he was the first president of Basser College in 1959. Below John Holden with 2014 Basser College President Jotham Young The Basser Spirit Lives On Businessman and engineer John Holden has given 1.2 million for regional scholarships and brain research. T he first president of Basser College in 1959 John Holden has donated 600 000 to establish two residential scholarships the largest ever donation for the Kensington Colleges. This will allow two students a year from country and regional Australia to attend Basser College on threeyear scholarships. Supporting students from outside the city is something close to Holden s heart. He grew up near Grafton in NSW and says of the 30 students in his final high school year Most of them would have done well at Sydney or Brisbane universities but they didn t go because their families couldn t afford the accommodation fees. I know things have changed a little and everyone s a bit more affluent nowadays but there are still lots of people in Australia who have to struggle. During his career Holden founded a successful engineering and manufacturing business with offices around the world but as a uni student he experienced accommodation and money pressures firsthand. After moving to Sydney in the 1950s he began working full-time at the Colonial Sugar Refinery in Pyrmont in conditions he describes as Dickensian . After a tiring day at work he attended evening classes in chemical engineering at the New South Wales University of Technology (as UNSW was then). During that period he recalls living in several terrible places . It was shortly after getting kicked out of a shoebox apartment that he learned about a new college being constructed at the Kensington campus. When I was shown the room it was five-star compared to where I d been staying Holden says so I gladly accepted. Shortly after moving in the college master Dr Malcolm McKay called an assembly of all residents advising that they needed to elect a committee of representatives. In those days I was starting to get some grey hair says Holden. I m obviously the oldest in the room by some years so McKay looked at me and said You re John Holden aren t you I d like to nominate you for president. Any other nominations And of course there were no other nominations so he said Right you ve got the job. Although his time at Basser was relatively brief it made an immediate and lasting impact on Holden and he viewed it as an opportunity for both academic and personal growth. Our job as the first men of Basser he wrote in the college s inaugural yearbook was to lay the foundations of a college which following years could build on that the name Basser College should ultimately become synonymous with learning achievement and the producer of good allrounders. Isabelle Creagh head of the Kensington Colleges says Holden was instrumental in establishing the collegiate spirit of Basser College that persists today. Through the J Holden Family Foundation Residential Scholarships the Holden family name will be linked to the college forever. Influenced by his family s experience of dementia John Holden is also giving a second donation of 600 000 to CHeBA the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing to fund a study on the Genetic Determinants of Small Vessel Disease. UNSWorld Page 19 The Wenham Family My dad and mum with me as a baby at my dad s PhD graduation My dad and I at the fountain in UNSW that s named after him and another solar professor (Martin Green) called The Wenham Green MICHAEL CIESLA BE (Telecom) BCom (Marketing) 11 ALISON WENHAM BE BCom 11 ALISON S STORY A lison Wenham s fascination with photovoltaics was gradual. Initially she didn t want to follow in the footsteps of her father multi award-winning Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham. As she tells us the story of her UNSW family tree Alison is overseas on a workshop with her father and the rest of the research group dreaming up patents for solar inventions and visiting research institutes. I m so happy that Dad and I are now in the same field Alison says. The night before the workshop started we were up half the night talking about new innovations. He was so excited and he really enjoys bouncing ideas off me. Now a PhD candidate 30-year-old Alison began her time at UNSW 12 years ago studying industrial design. I d really enjoyed design and tech at high school she says. But once I started the degree I realised that it didn t have too much maths in it I really missed that so I switched to electrical engineering. She then enrolled in an ambitious double degree combining her engineering studies with commerce and majoring in both accounting and management. It took her seven years full-time to complete. Neither was she daunted by the fact that she was one of only about 10 women out of 400 students in her Electrical Engineering year. I ve never been a girlie girl so I actually loved it and used it to my advantage she says. Through extracurricular activities she also met her fianc Polish-born Michael Ciesla who was studying telecommunications engineering. We went on a psychology faculty salsa cruise which was so amazing she says. Although we have a great group of friends from engineering we tried to meet other people outside of the faculty because you know engineers can be pretty geeky I ve met some of my best lifelong friends at UNSW in my decade here. Her 22-year-old sister Laura is in the midst of a Digital Media BA at UNSW Art & Design while Paul her 27-year-old brother graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce in 2011 and is now working as a risk specialist at PwC in Dublin. Their father Stuart attended UNSW in the late 1970s graduating with a BSc in 1981 and then a PhD in 1987. Stuart is currently director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence and is one of Australia s most successful Page 20 UNSWorld UNSW FAMILY TREE BRIAN WENHAM BE 58 RUSSELL WENHAM JUNE HARDING STUART WENHAM BE(Elec) BSc 81 PhD 87 MICHELLE PICKENS DAVID WENHAM BSc 77 JUDITH WENHAM BA 78 DipEd 79 VALMAI WENHAM PAUL WENHAM BCom 11 LAURA WENHAM Digital Media BA My fianc and I at our graduation with my dad in his doctoral robes inventors of solar cell technology commercialising patents worldwide. He won an Alumni Award for Science in 2009. Stuart s older brother David (not the actor of the same name) graduated from UNSW in 1977 with a BSc and David s wife Judy graduated with a BA in 1978 and a Diploma of Education in 1979 while their uncle Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1958 more than half a century before his great-niece and -nephews. With the help of a Women in Engineering Scholarship Alison is now completing her doctoral thesis on advanced solar hydrogenation and building solar cells without metal while also planning her wedding in Gdask later this year. UNSWorld Page 21 PAGETURNERS ivory tower was in the world s most treacherous war zones for more than two decades. From 1985 to 2007 he was a soldier in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and then took on a role as a counter-terrorism strategist for the Australian British and American governments. He acted as a senior adviser to General David Petraeus commander of the international peacekeeping force in Iraq and also to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He s now one of the world s foremost counterinsurgency and military experts but Kilcullen describes himself as an accidental academic. He joined the Australian military during the last gasp of the Cold War in the mid-1980s after attending high school in Sydney. I wanted to be part of something historic although my parents weren t particularly pleased at first he says. Kilcullen enrolled at the academy at Duntroon with an ambition to become a soldier rather than doing a degree. In the second year of his training the military college joined forces with the new Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and UNSW Canberra began providing undergraduate programs to ADFA recruits. I wouldn t say I had a good time. Nobody has a good time in officer training. It was four years of grind Kilcullen says of his time at ADFA. The move to join with ADFA was quite disruptive we had a much smaller cohort as a result with only 45 graduating out of 150 who started ... but I found academia intellectually stimulating and had some really dynamic and inspiring professors unexpectedly. After a decade as an infantry officer (when he also completed an Advanced Diploma in Indonesian from the ADF School of Languages) he embarked on a PhD in his limited spare time. I couldn t submit my final dissertation because I d got caught up in a firefight in East Timor. My adviser just cut out the front page of the newspaper to get me an extension he says. His thesis a study of terrorist groups in Indonesia was eventually published just six weeks before September 11. It launched him on the next chapter of his life. Kilcullen s current book Blood Year his fourth in the past 10 years is highly critical of the American invasion of Iraq which he describes as Ground Zero for the greatest strategic screw-up since Hitler s invasion of Russia . Kilcullen argues that President Barack Obama s decision to withdraw forces by October 2011 was irresponsible and too early as the international occupation force was just beginning to sort out the chaos on the ground. It showed passivity in the face of catastrophe and the power vacuum it left behind he argues led to the creation of Islamic State. Another missed opportunity in the War on Terror he says was America s failure to punish Syria s Assad regime for using nerve gas on its own people in 2013. This inaction strengthened ISIS even further. Looking at the current crisis in Syria Kilcullen says that while peace talks are the beginning of a solution they will only work if backed up by ground troops. If we try to substitute technology for bodies we re actually admitting we don t have the stomach for the fight. IN THE WAR ZONE T Alumnus David Kilcullen (BA (Mil) 89 PhD 01) discusses how he came to write a critically acclaimed book about military strategy terrorism and the rise of Islamic State. and the failures of the War on Terror (Black Inc 2016) an unflinching insider s critique of Western military involvement and strategy in Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan Libya Somalia and Syria particularly since the World Trade Center attack in New York City on September 11. Many scholars have written books on terrorism. Kilcullen is an academic who far from being shut in an he driver jumped out the children began screaming in terror and the car detonated with a blast that tore them apart and killed several shoppers. This was one of only three enemy actions in my whole time in Iraq that made me cry actual tears. Who would do that to a child This is an excerpt from alumnus David Kilcullen s Blood Year Islamic State Page 22 UNSWorld MESSAGE W STERGITS A Z AMAGIA S-HILL Director Alumni and External Engagement e hope all our graduates remember their ceremony as fondly as Emeritus Professor Stanley Livingstone (DSc 66). He reminded us that 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of his (fourth) graduation from UNSW. At 96 years of age and with perfect eyesight he is very sorry not to be able to make the trip to UNSW to celebrate this milestone. Congratulations Emeritus Professor from all of us at UNSW. THE CATEGORIES - ARTS AND CULTURE - DESIGN ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABILITY - MEDICINE AND HEALTH - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - SOCIAL IMPACT AND PUBLIC POLICY - SPORTS AND SPORTS ADMINISTRATION - YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD - INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI - STUDENT VOLUNTEER AWARD highly respected journalist Stan Grant (29 July) and Dr Tom Insel (19 September) a leading neuroscientist and psychiatrist who led the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States from 2002 to 2015. L A ast month some 5 430 UNSW graduates attended their graduation ceremony. They join our alumni community of more than 278 000 graduates spread across 146 countries. highlight for us each year is the annual Alumni Awards covered in more detail on p6 8. NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn received her Award for Social Impact and Public Policy on 17 June when she delivered the occasional address to a full house of graduates family and friends in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium. We encourage you to consider nominating alumni who are outstanding leaders in their professional field and in the community for next year s awards. f you are in Sydney in July and September we invite you to join us for two special Wallace Wurth Lectures delivered by well-known author and I nd finally a special thank you to our graduates who continue to support the President and Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Scholarship Appeal to enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at UNSW. You make a big difference. We are close to wrapping up the 2016 telephone appeal and encourage you to consider making a gift by completing the donation form included in the magazine or by going online. A Best wishes Stegs My UNSW family tree Do you have a large UNSW alumni family Share your family tree interesting stories and photos with us. Go to UNSWorld Page 23 JOHN MONASH SCHOL ARS THE JOHN MONASH SCHOLARSHIP WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL STEP FORWARD AND BUILD AUSTRALIA S FUTURE. THAT S WHAT JOHN MONA SH SCHOL ARS ARE DOING EVERY DAY. THEY ARE PEOPLE WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL ABILITIES THAT MAKE THEM THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW. LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD OF STUDY LEADERS ON THEIR CAREER PATH AND LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNIT Y. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO OFFER WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU VIA AN APPLICATION FOR A JOHN MONA SH SCHOL ARSHIP. SHOW US YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL. field will be of direct benefit to Australia and the world you should apply. How to apply Applications are now open. You may apply for a John Monash Scholarship by going online to the website at www.johnmonash. com and completing the official application. It is a good idea to begin your application early so you can dedicate the required time. The closing date for Scholarship applications is 1 August 2016. The selection process Selection is quite straightforward. Go online and complete your initial written application. Those chosen to proceed are assessed by a three-tier selection process First Review State Selection Panel and National Selection Panel. If recommended you may be approved by the Board and offered a scholarship. RENATA BERNARDE CEO General Sir John Monash Foundation About the John Monash Scholarships Do you have the potential to become a leader in your field and to help build a better future for Australia On 1 May this year applications opened for the 2017 John Monash Scholarships. It is your chance to obtain up to 195 000 (tax free) over three years to assist your overseas study. The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by gender age field of study or choice of overseas university. more you can demonstrate prior achievement and potential development the better your chances of being awarded a scholarship but there is much more to it than that. Those awarded a John Monash Scholarship have a plan a plan that combines their field of study their personal skills and their ambition into real solutions for real problems. They identify key issues and areas of potential high-value improvement. They don t just identify problems they develop realistic practical pathways to create solutions. need to hear from referees who agree that you have the potential to be a John Monash Scholar. Mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply. Not everyone can be awarded a scholarship you need to show you have true leadership potential both in your field of study and within the community. You need to detail where you want to study and what you will study. And how that will segue into a clear career pathway that will benefit Australia. One small step one giant leap Applying for a John Monash Scholarship may seem like a small step but it can be much more than that. Remember it s not only about what you have done it s about your true potential. A John Monash Scholarship will allow you to pursue your passion via postgraduate studies at an international institution. It is an opportunity to take your own pathway to achievement and a chance to focus your career ambition on a specific strategy that directly benefits your field of study and Australia. When you apply it demonstrates you have the positive attitude the desire and the skills to maximise that potential to search for a better way and make the most of yourself and our world. It can transform one small step into a giant leap for you and for Australia when you become a John Monash Scholar. Unlimited opportunity Your field of study is unlimited. For example John Monash Scholars have included those studying clinical medicine and medical research civil law climate change economic history engineering environmental protection fine arts genomics geophysics Indigenous affairs mathematics population health public policy statistics sustainability unmanned aircraft systems and veterinary science to name only some of the fields of study. If you can clearly articulate how your study your plan and your potential leadership in your Are you eligible To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must be an Australian citizen. Also you must have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree from an Australian university and be able to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection. (You do not need to have already been accepted to an overseas university to apply for this scholarship.) Finally we will Are you a potential John Monash Scholar It s not about being a genius. John Monash Scholars are real people determined to make Australia and the world a better place. Of course the Page 24 UNSWorld JOHN MONASH SCHOL ARS FRANCES VOON UNSW JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR in developing countries. I was convinced that generating greater understanding of these issues is essential to inform better and more effective policy. How did becoming a John Monash Scholar assist your ideal career My ideal career was to somehow chart a path connecting research policy and practice in the field of refugees. The John Monash Scholarship provided me with the invaluable opportunity to complete an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. I was able to undertake an interdisciplinary course of study in international development and to learn from experts at the highly respected Refugee Studies Centre. Oxford provided a rich and stimulating environment and I learned a great deal not only from my courses but from the excellent cohort of students with which I lived and studied. For my thesis I also had the opportunity to undertake field research in Bangladesh where I studied the situation of Rohingya refugees. When I finished the course I took up a role with the UN World Food Programme overseeing their assistance to Rohingya refugees and local host communities. FRANCES VOON UNSW graduate (BA LLB 06) and John Monash Scholar ( 08) FRANCES VOON IS THE EXECUTIVE MANAGER AT THE ANDREW & RENATA K ALDOR CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE L AW AT UNSW. SHE SPOKE TO UNSWORLD ABOUT HER STUDIES AND HOW THEY HAVE SHAPED HER LIFE AND CAREER TO DATE. H ow did you determine your direction in life on to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan during the early stages of the Syrian refugee crisis. I worked with a team of Syrian Iraqi Sudanese and Somali refugees to provide community-based support to refugee communities in Amman. I later went on to work with the UNHCR in its Policy Development and Evaluation Service in Geneva and also as an emergency deployment to the UNHCR South Sudan operation. From the time that I started my undergraduate arts law degree at UNSW I have been drawn to questions about how we can better uphold the rights of refugees and people seeking safety. I was particularly fascinated with the intersection of issues of displacement and international development especially in light of the fact that the vast majority of refugees are hosted And more recently I have recently returned to Australia to take up the role of executive manager at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. Here I have the exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in the world s first centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law at a time when rigorous research on issues of forced migration is greatly needed. I have been able to draw on the diverse experiences I have had in research policy and refugee operations to contribute to the Centre s mission of providing human rights-based analysis and thought leadership on forced migration issues. If you have an area of further study that you are passionate about and a vision for how this can contribute to a better and more just society I would strongly encourage you to consider applying to become a John Monash Scholar. The John Monash Scholarship not only provides the opportunity to pursue further study in almost any discipline and any country but also enables you to join a supportive community of scholars who are making a difference for Australia in a diverse range of fields. About the John Monash Scholarships. Applications are now open. You may apply for a John Monash Scholarship by going online to the website www.johnmonash. com and completing the official application. Monash Scholarships are not limited by gender age field of study or choice of overseas university. The closing date for applications is 1 August 2016. Those chosen to proceed following the first review will be interviewed by a State Selection Panel and then the National Selection Panel. If recommended you may be approved by the John Monash Scholarship Board and offered a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the end of the year for studies commencing in 2017. UNSWorld Page 25 Oxford to Bangladesh is quite a contrast. How did that experience allow your career to develop From Bangladesh I went What advice do you have for those considering applying for a John Monash Scholarship JOHN MONASH SCHOL ARS JOHN MONASH SCHOLARS UNSW 2006-2016 THERE HAVE BEEN 17 JOHN MONASH SCHOLARS FROM UNSW (OF A TOTAL OF 127) ALUMNI POST-GRADUATE INSTITUTION NAME DEGREE STUDY TOPIC (STUDY) DR ARUNA SATHANAPALLY 2006 OXFORD MASTER S HUMAN RIGHTS LAW MILITARY INTERNATIONAL POLICY CARDIAC IMAGING REGULATION AND REPUTATION DEFENCE STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS MEDICAL RESEARCH BRIGADIER ROGER NOBLE 2008 JOHNS HOPKINS MASTER S DR JOSEPH (JOE) SUTTIE 2007 OXFORD DPHIL DAVID HUME 2008 HARVARD MASTER S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW DEVELOPMENT STUDIES REFUGEES ECONOMICS AGEING RESOURCE ECONOMICS REFERENDA CIVIL LAW FRANCES VOON 2008 OXFORD MASTER S REFUGEE MANAGEMENT ECONOMIC POLICY DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY DEVELOPMENT HYPOXIA DR SHAUN YOW 2009 2010 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS OXFORD PhD DPHIL DR SAM WILLS DR NICOLE (NIKKI) BART SQUADRON LEADER CHRISTOPHER LOWE ALISON O CONNOR 2010 OXFORD DPHIL HYPOXIA 2012 MIT MSC MILITARY TECHNOLOGY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES DRONES SOCIOLOGY INFLUENCING POLITICAL DEBATE 2012 2011 OXFORD GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (GENEVA) MPHIL SOCIOLOGY HUMOUR POLITICS MADELINE GLEESON 2012 MASTER S HUMAN RIGHTS TRAFFICKING AUSTRALIAN POLICY AND LAW STEPHANIE POW 2013 HARVARD AND WHARTON JOINT DEGREE MPP - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MBA MPHIL IMPACT INVESTING INVESTING ECONOMICS PRODUCTIVITY ULTRA-WIDEBAND COMMUNICATIONS EDUCATION INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT FLYING OFFICER CAVIN WILSON FLYING OFFICER ALEX BARBARO SARAH LUX-LEE 2013 CAMBRIDGE ECONOMIC POLICY COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING COPYRIGHT 2013 OXFORD DPHIL 2014 COLUMBIA MASTER S DR BRENT O CARRIGAN 2015 CAMBRIDGE PhD CANCER MEDICINE ACADEMIA ANIRUDH MUKKAVILLI 2016 INSEAD MBA RENEWABLE ENERGY BIOFUELS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Prominent Scholars include Aruna Sathanapally Recently appointed as legal adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Human Rights Brigadier Roger Noble Until recently Commander of the Australian Army 3rd Brigade in Townsville (now posted overseas) Frances Voon executive manager of the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for Refugee Law UNSW. 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