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Dr Roderick Jeffrey Hill

Dr Roderick Jeffrey Hill

Dr Roderick Jeffrey Hill

Bachelor of Science (Hons) 1971, PhD DSc 1976.
Roderick spent his career at CSIRO, followed by 5 years as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Monash University. Now retired, he volunteers with The University’s Alumni Council and Hughes Society Committee. He’s Chair of SA&NT Division of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and active in the Waterhouse Club (SA Museum) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is writing not one but two books, and in his spare time he chases total solar eclipses

"I fell into a life-long love of geology and mineralogy at my very first lecture in the Mawson Theatre in 1967. I and a few other latecomers had to find a seat on the steps of one of the aisles of the theatre since it was a boom time for geology and there were 400 first year students enrolled, more than the theatre could be accommodated comfortably. One of thousands of moments that I will never forget was watching Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon on a small black and white TV set up in the Union House in July 1969.

My time at Adelaide opened my horizons immeasurably to what life had to offer. It was an exciting, exhilarating and very satisfying period, especially when I moved into research as a graduate student. I will always be grateful to the university for giving me this opportunity to blossom."


Evana Ferdous Haque

Evana Ferdous Haque

Evana Ferdous Haque

Master of International Management 2020.
Evana works for Allianz Australia as a Claim Consultant, working at the intersection of risk, regulation, and client needs.

"A journey of growth and discovery, which I always cherish. My two years in The University of Adelaide have been a captivating saga of challenges, triumphs, and a metamorphosis that has shaped me into the person I am today in my journey from Bangladesh to Australia.

The first chapter of this incredible journey unfolded on the orientation day—a tapestry of nervous excitement. The campus buzzed with energy as students from diverse backgrounds converged to embark on a shared adventure in post-graduation.

The transition from university to the professional realm marked a pivotal moment in my journey of continuous learning. I navigate the professional landscape with a sense of purpose, resilience, and a continuous thirst for knowledge. Thanks to The University of Adelaide for this incredible journey!"


Loke Yuen Wong

Loke Yuen Wong

Loke Yuen Wong

Bachelor of Commerce (Management) 2002.
Today, Loke is a senior lecturer in Malaysia and teaches a variety of courses including business, accounting, statistics, marketing, and management.

"It was a great learning experience to study at the University of Adelaide in Australia. My favourite memories are from the times spent with my classmates and friends I met during my time at university.

In 2002 I was chosen to take part in the orientation activities, assisting with orientation for new international students at the University. The skills I learned during my time at Adelaide have prepared me for my career today.

After graduating with Adelaide Bachelor of Commerce degree, I worked in the human resource department as an HR personnel and further developed my career in education sector. The University of Adelaide has made a major positive impact on my life."


Susan Dwyer

Susan Dwyer

Susan Dwyer

BA 1985 (Philosophy and Psychology) and a BA Hon 1986 (Philosophy).
Awarded the Jeffries Memorial Medal in Philosophy, Caltex (SA) Woman graduate of the year, and a Fulbright traveling scholarship to undertake doctoral studies at MIT. Since 1991, Susan has taught at McGill University Montreal, the US Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, and the University of Maryland, where she is a tenured Professor of Philosophy.

"The Uni Bar in the mid-1980s. It's packed. I'm there with my mates from the Philosophy Department for a Midnight Oil concert. We're all clutching plastic cups of ice-cold beer. Every cell in my body is alive, vibrating with the music.

A first-generation student, I flunked out of my first year at Adelaide in 1975. But I'm back now and soon to get my BA (that will lead to an Honours degree and a PhD). I am giddy with joy and, finally, a deep sense of belonging"


Paul Iji

Paul Iji

Paul Iji

PhD (Animal Science) 1999.
Paul left Adelaide in 1999 to work at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, then took up a postdoctoral fellowship in South Africa. He returned to Australia in 2005 and worked for more than 12 years at the University of New England, Armidale. He is currently the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at Fiji National University.

"I enrolled at the Roseworthy Campus in 1994 to follow my passion in applied animal nutrition. A seminar meeting at Waite Campus led me to a new supervisor, a young academic from the UK, Dr David Tivey, who had just joined the University. I relocated to Waite six months later. That move altered my career path, with a change to a new research area, digestive physiology. I needed to learn a lot of new laboratory techniques, but I finally settled down to my studies. I graduated in early 1999 and have thoroughly enjoyed my career, all thanks to Dr Tivey."


Tracy Dickens

Tracy Dickens

Tracy Dickens

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2019.
Tracey presently has a Counselling and Psychotherapy Private Practice in Prospect, South Australia.

"University was a place where my passions blossomed, where knowledge and discovery intertwined to create rich experiences. I was surrounded by diverse minds, and relished exploring my interests, expanding my thinking, and delving deeper into topics that fascinated me. The vibrant campus life, stimulating discussions, and inspiring lecturers fuelled my curiosity and nurtured my growth. I enjoyed the freedom to choose my path, engage in meaningful projects, and collaborate with like-minded individuals. These activities filled my days with excitement and purpose. University offered me a transformative journey, shaping my worldview, fostering enduring friendships, and igniting a lifelong love for learning."


Geoff and Paquita Nottle

Geoffrey E. Nottle

Geoffrey E. Nottle

Mr Nottle, now aged 92, graduated with a Diploma of Arts and Education, 1953, a Bachelor of Arts in 1956 and a Diploma in Primary Education in 1959.
These two delightful photographs of Geoff and his wife Paquita were taken on the same spot, 50 years apart, in 1959 (soon after their wedding) and in 2009, when they returned to campus to celebrate Geoff’s graduation Golden Jubilee.)

"Adelaide’s University and Teachers’ College became complementary hemispheres of my world in 1950, beginning the whole enriching experience that is my fondest memory. 

Studies in Arts, Education, sports of baseball, cricket; socialising, on two campuses, filled most days and into the nights. 

Respectfully recalled now – inspiring instructors in lectures, tutorials, practicals, excursions; Barr Smith, public libraries; refectory, oval; books read, events attended, roles acted, games played, country correspondence courses, assignments hand-written, three-hour opportunities – results released – jobs done! 

“Prosh”, Premiership, Inter-Varsity. Graduations, Blue Dinners, Golden Jubilee Reunions – enduring friendships – all precious parts of the total treasure! Thank you both!"


Noel Schoff

Noel Schoff

Noel Schoff

BA 1967 (Majors in History & English) conferred 1st May 1968.
Grad Dip Ed. 1968 conferred 1969 (when I was already teaching).

"As a very young History undergraduate in the mid-1960s, sitting at the metaphorical feet of Professor Hugh Stretton (1924-2015) in the recently completed Napier 1 Lecture Theatre, and being swept away by both his erudition and systematic style of presentation: lectures delivered in an urbane, quiet voice completely without notes, more of a confidential talk than a lecture really; even his droll asides were carefully structured and supremely apposite.

It was at this point I decided to become a history teacher, a career I followed both in South Australia and England for 40 years."


Leighlan Doe

Leighlan Doe

Leighlan Doe

In 2018 I graduated from a Masters of Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology). I am now a Project Manager in a defence company's IT department. Attached is a picture of me during my (eventual) Masters project, the first time I encountered genetically modified organisms (they were quite friendly being plants and all).

"My fondest memory at the University of Adelaide was messing around in a communal kitchen just off the Math Lawns making bread dough for the first time. To later that day find myself in a high-tech lab essentially giving the dough an infrared ultrasound to try and see if we could determine what types of bubbles were forming in it. Didn't lead to the master's project I was hoping for, but was certainly a cool afternoon!"


Claire Page

Claire Page

Claire Page

I graduated in 2001 from a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) then 2002 from a Bachelor of Economics.

"I did love the social time spent between classes, particularly regular lunches in the Union building with fellow commerce friends, but I also loved spending time alone in the Barr Smith Library looking through the books or using a study room. Years later I went back to university to study to be a librarian, and a love of libraries came from that time. I loved the beautiful reading room and the dark corridors of books. I guess I can be a fairly solitary person sometimes and this library gave me important time to myself to concentrate and get work done."


Charles Ng

Charles Ng

Charles Ng

I am a graduate of 2003 MBA. I am a founder and director of 'Trinity CPA Limited, Certified Public Accountants (Practising)' firm in Hong Kong. I am mainly providing audit assurance, accountancy, secretarial and tax services to our clients.

"I studied at the University of Adelaide as a part time student. I needed to put effort into my job and my study. It made me have good time planning so I could manage them both. It was an enjoyable time, advancing my knowledge and building up work experience. Finally, I passed and finished with my MBA. It is a treasure in study and gives me a memorable state of mind. I hope to extend my lifelong learning experience onward from the University of Adelaide"


Faith Blake

Faith Blake

Faith Blake

I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Creative Writing and Sociology. I am currently a full-time professional staff member at the University of Adelaide in the Central Enrolments team - Student Administration Officer.

"When I crossed the stage to receive my parchment after four years of hard work! Graduating was such a memorable moment for me and was made even more magical by the picturesque Bonython Hall and the ceremonial grandeur."


Romesh Nallia

I graduated with a Bachelors in Dental Surgery in 2000. I’m now the Associate Dean for Clinical Services at University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

"I graduated from the dental school when it was on Frome road. My fondest memory is walking up and down Frome in autumn with all the coloured leaves on the ground. It was like going to another country."


Alison Blackman

Diploma of Music 1960, Bachelor of Music 1975.

"My fondest memories are of attending classes to learn new ideas and information. The interaction with tutors, lecturers and other students was exciting. To go home and prepare assignments was productive. 

The social life meant that weekends were filled with sport and evening fun too. I met my first husband at Christmas when he kissed me under the mistletoe. It was a privilege to be part of the campus. 

The facilities such as the library, the refectory, the grounds and North Terrace position was an enjoyable place.. . Thank you University of Adelaide."


Anikka Stewart

"Taking over the hub to protest the firing and general unfair treatment of University staff. Being involved in student activism made me feel so powerful at a time in my life when I had very little control. It was extremely cathartic to yell about my issues with 80 other students about such an important issue - the profound sense of community and peer-to-peer understanding is one of the things I miss the most about university."


Allison Down

MBA 2021.

"Alana and I crossed paths at the University of Adelaide in 2017, both eager to explore our academic interests. In 2019, while studying Contemporary Organisations, we found ourselves assigned as partners for a challenging project. Determined to excel, we ventured beyond our comfort zones and collaborated intensely, enhancing our understanding of compromise and effective communication. Our efforts paid off as we presented our case studies, earning appreciation from classmates and lecturer. From that moment on, we formed an ongoing bond, and we continue to inspire each other to reach greater heights in life pursuits to this day and beyond."


David Low

PhD (Sc) 1996.

"Hanging out in The Rubble, with the gamers, proto-subversives, sci-fi groupies and archery fanatics (don't ask...). Some may have liked the lawns, some the library, some (OK, many) the bar, and some the faux-snobbery of the be-cushioned bohemian coffee house in the Loft. But for a place where diverse interests flourished, the area that didn't officially exist behind an unmarked door, or off a partly hidden stairwell on the other side, let me meet people from across the spectrum of University of Adelaide scholars. I was lucky to be there while it still existed!"


Michael Manou

B Sc (Hons) 2001.

"My fondest memory of being at the University of Adelaide was the countless field trips with my fellow students to Bool Lagoon under the tutelage of Professor George Ganf. It was truly inspirational to spend weeks in situ, studying, modelling, presenting on a beautiful, yet severely degraded wetland with colleagues, first nation collaborators and community who were determined to arrest the impact of changed eco-hydrology and land use practices."


Alexander Agostinelli

B Ma and Comp Sc 2021.

"I was involved in the Civil Engineering Society and the head of faculty asked me to help them in facilitating a workshop for high school students from rural communities. The students were involved in engineering challenges where we taught basic structural engineering concepts. Being able to hear these students say 'I want to grow up and study engineering' and 'wow engineering is cool' because of the series of engaging workshops warmed my soul and made me smile. It was pretty special to walk past the University and see some of these students from the workshop are now UoA students."


Hadi Slayman

I graduated in 2002 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) majoring in geology. I worked a number of years in the energy sector, and I am currently a Research Officer at the Parliament of South Australia.

"Locusts are nervous creatures with big appetites. Usually solitary, they become gregarious in response to certain stimuli; twenty years ago at the University of Adelaide, I was the same. As our group snaked its way along a ridge of the Flinders Ranges, the insects leapt through the air. I closed my eyes and mouth; a wave of soft thuds like microwave popcorn, every bump spurring a bug to make new plans. The rocky hills provided the best classroom for geology students. We sketched the ancient sea beds, thinking the swarm and our zeal to wander was endless."