UTS Alumni Awards 2017
- UTS celebrated the achievements of graduates around the world at a special gala dinner to present the UTS Alumni Awards 2017
- UTS recognised notable and accomplished FASS Alumni including Adrian Appo OAM, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mark Isaacs
The UTS Alumni Awards gala awards ceremony was attended by 200 alumni, staff and students in the UTS Great Hall. Eleven of the university's most outstanding graduates were honoured for achievements in innovation, leadership and compassion that are changing the world for the better. This year's recipients included artists and community workers, drivers of social justice and change in the community, and leaders across the accounting, health and legal professions.
A massive congratulations to the following FASS Alumni who are being recognised for their achievements in the areas of Education, Journalism and Community Work.
Adrian Appo OAM, (B Teaching in Adult Vocational Education 1995) was recognised with the UTS Indigenous Alumni Award for his work as founding CEO of Ganbina, Australia's most successful Indigenous school-to-work transition program, and his leadership at First Australians Capital, an investment fund that helps Indigenous businesses to thrive. In the late 1990s, Adrian was frustrated by the limitations of working in generic government funded employment programs. Drawing on the skills he had gained at UTS for establishing not-for-profit programs, Adrian founded Ganbina, Australia’s most successful Indigenous ‘education to employment’ program. Ganbina has helped more than 500 young Indigenous Australians finish school, access further education and training, and secure worthwhile jobs with real career growth opportunities.
Multi-Walkley Award winning journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna (BA Communication (Journalism) B Laws 2007) was recognised for her agenda setting investigative reporting, including exposés into the illegal practice of greyhound baiting in New South Wales and the treatment of children in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory. Caro has received many industry accolades for her body of work, including multiple Walkleys, a Human Rights Commission Media Award and the prestigious Melbourne Press Club Journalist of the Year Award. She won the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year award and the 2017 Logie Award for her Four Corners story ‘Australia’s Shame’, which prompted a Royal Commission just hours after broadcast.
Writer and community worker Mark Isaacs (Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies 2012) was awarded the UTS Community Alumni Award. Mark took himself into conflict zones in Mexico, Myanmar and Afghanistan, and to detention centres at Villawood and Nauru, and wrote about his observations and experiences. At great risk of personal persecution, he was among the first to publicly shatter the veil of secrecy around Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres, giving his eyewitness account into the climate of fear and suicidal despair for the detainees within. Mark’s explosive 2014 book The Undesirables: Inside Nauru is a personal account of his experiences working for the Salvation Army in the Nauru detention centre. His follow up book Nauru Burning gives an insight into the conditions that led to the riot and fire that destroyed much of the centre in 2013, and the story of the detainees’ fight to prove their innocence, and the workers who tried to help them. His experiences have featured in a wide range of international publications, including Foreign Policy, The Guardian, New Matilda, New Internationalist, World Policy Journal, VICE and Pacific Standard.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said that events such as the UTS Alumni Awards were an exciting opportunity to learn about the extraordinary things that UTS graduates are doing around the globe.
To read more about the 2017 Alumni Awards, and the inspiring stories of this year's Award recipients, visit the UTS Alumni website.