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University of Tasmania connections beyond retirement

Leading transport economist Bob Cotgrove has been elected Chairman of the University of Tasmania Retirees Association continuing his long and deep connections with the university.

The Retirees Association offers the opportunity for members and their partners to engage with other former University of Tasmania staff and the University through events and activities such as excursions and lunches with guest speakers on a range of topics.

A regular attendee at association dinners and excursions since he retired from fulltime teaching in 2004, Bob took on the position at the last annual general meeting in November 2018.

His connection to the University goes back decades and has not been in any way weakened by retirement.

“In the early years, my major academic career was conducted before the introduction of personal computers, the internet and digital calculators,” Bob recalls.

“Research papers had to be hand-written and typed by the departmental secretary with diagrams and graphs drawn by professional cartographers.”

A keen sportsman, he played a record 29 consecutive seasons for the Tasmanian University Cricket Club, opening the batting, captaining the team and representing the national Australian Universities team.

Following his retirement in 2004, Bob spent seven years teaching environmental management to University of Tasmania students studying at Shanghai Ocean University. Just last year, he graduated with a Bachelor of Dementia Care, which he had been studying part time since 2013.

If you are interested in joining the University of Tasmania Retirees Association (UTRA), please email Amanda for more information,

Bob Cotgrove

Images courtesy of Bob Cotgrove and the University of Tasmania.

Published on: 06 Feb 2019 11:23am