Where are they now?

We love when our alumni stay in touch.

When our students move out and finish university, we know that they go on to lead interesting lives with celebrated careers. Below are some UC alumni stories which we hope will inspire you.

If you would like to share your story, please contact us at community@unicol.unimelb.edu.au

Stephanie Alexander AO

Stephanie Alexander AO

Stephanie Alexander AO, is a highly regarded Australian cook, restaurateur and food writer. Stephanie is also the founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, a  not-for-profit organisation which takes a revolutionary approach to food education, focusing on pleasure, flavour and fun.

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Dr Margaret Garson AO

Dr Margaret Garson AO

Margaret is an engaged alumna and one of our longest serving supporters. Margaret also established the Margaret Garson Medicine Scholarship to support UC students who are studying medicine.

Margaret Garson’s contributions to medicine, as a role model for women in research, through her leadership in the establishment of cytogenetics as a new field of medical research in Victoria and as a mentor and teacher to generations of medical scientists have been fundamental to the development of cancer treatment services in Victoria.

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Andrew Hyslop

Andrew now lives in The Hague, in The Netherlands, with his wife Eliane. He works as an Attitude and Orbit Control Systems Engineer at the European Space Agency (ESA) – ESTEC. After University College he finished his Aerospace Engineering and Business degrees at RMIT and then began writing to space engineering companies all over the world to see if anyone would take him on.

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Gwenda Spencer OAM

Gwenda Spencer OAM

Gwenda Rodda was a student at University College from 1947-1948 and studied a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. After her studies, Gwenda went on to be the first female to volunteer to Indonesia in 1952.

As an alumna of the College, we are proud to share Gwenda’s remarkable achievements. Like so many women who attended the College in its early years, Gwenda went on to lead an impressive and formidable life, paving the way for empowered women to follow in her footsteps.

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Darrell Wade

Darrell Wade

Darrell is the CEO and co-founder of the Intrepid Group, the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences.

Darrell is living proof that the friends you make at College can have a profound influence on the rest of your life. In 1979, two bright young men, Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester met on the first day of O-Week. Like so many of our students, they forged a lifelong friendship and, after studying and travelling together, almost a decade later on an epic journey across Africa in 1988, they came up with the idea for Intrepid Travel.

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Arron Wood

Arron was a student at UC in 1994. Since completing his degree, he has forged a career as a celebrated environmentalist on the national and global stage.

In late 2016, Arron was elected as the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. Arron continues to generously give his time to work with UC students who share his passion for the environment.

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