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People are at the heart of our COVID-19 response

Pencil pines near Cradle Mountain


As the challenge we face from COVID-19 continues, our thoughts are with you, wherever you are in the world. It’s in times like these that we can draw on our collective strength as a global alumni family.

The University of Tasmania’s response to COVID-19

We are proud of how our staff, students and alumni are pulling together in a way that ensures we are safe while we continue to serve our community.

The health and safety of our entire community is paramount. We are supporting staff and students to study, closely following public health guidelines.

University leaders are providing regular updates to staff, students and our broader community.

A hotline has been set up to help students. Other measures include: a change to the census date to make it easier for students to withdraw from their course with no cost and no fail grades recorded for Semester 1, 2020.

New arrangements have also been put in place to help year 12 students transition into tertiary education in 2021.

The University is also making some of our its buildings available to meet the demands of the public health response.

Expertise and empathy

In times like these we are also reminded of the extraordinary talent of our alumni.

They are working tirelessly on the frontline in our health services; continuing to teach the next generation; informing policy and providing media commentary.

You can read some of their contributions in The Conversation, including an article on climate change and helping students search online. Retail expert and alumna Dr Louise Grimmer shines a light on the challenges facing businesses.

We have also been heartened by the positive contributions alumni are making to the community, such as alums Mark Acheson and Matt Platts, who set up a free community platform to help people during the outbreak.

We look forward to sharing more contributions and stories with you via the eNews and social media.

Online gym classes and jigsaws

Staying mentally and physically strong is a great way to deal with the challenges of social isolation, which is why we are pleased to announce that for the first time we are offering alumni the chance to participate in free online fitness classes.

In need of distraction? Enjoy the online jigsaws created from treasures of the University’s Special and Rare Collections.

The alumni team is developing an exciting new program so we can remain connected and can continue to support each other.

You can also read more in the eNews about the new online Public Lectures program.

Stay connected

Finally, although we are not be seeing you in person, our team are still here for you. Please stay in touch via email: or phone: +61 3 6324 3052.

Wishing you a safe holiday.

Warm regards,

Kate Robertson, Executive Director, Advancement

Published on: 09 Apr 2020 3:56pm