Alumni Focus

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 Gail Brown: Learning to ask the right questions

Gail Brown: Learning to ask the right questions

For Dr Gail Brown, a two-time graduate of Macquarie (BA 1978, MA 1994) and past lecturer, it’s all about the love of learning. Specifically, understanding how we learn, so she can help others learn too. It involves asking good questions, a lot of practice and a fair dose of perseverance, but she believes success is within everyone’s grasp. In a way, it all started when her son was strug...

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 Natasha Copley – the more things change…

Natasha Copley – the more things change…

In a world that is changing at an ever-increasing rate, some things, according to alumna Natasha Copley (BA/DipEd 1999), remain the same – and some of them are what she gleaned from a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University. These skills have stood the test of time and are just as relevant today as they were when she undertook her degree. Even before COVID-19 wrought massive changes in ...

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 Richard Kimber – Strap yourself in: the future is here

Richard Kimber – Strap yourself in: the future is here

  More business leaders need to embrace artificial intelligence and understand it properly. It’s no longer something just for the IT department, says alumnus Richard Kimber (BSc 1991, MBA 1993), founder and CEO of AI software company daisee, it’s for CEOs and boards – and universities too. In fact, it’s going to change all our lives, and we all need to know about it. Sometim...

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 Jason’s journey from mentee to mentor

Jason’s journey from mentee to mentor

Alumnus Jason Duarte (BComm 2005) leads the alumni network in Canberra.  A keen networker and advocate for his alma mater, he has been attending alumni events since he graduated. He has learnt firsthand the power of networking and the benefits of staying connected with Macquarie. Jason leads Westpac’s Corporate & Institutional Banking business in the ACT, which includes Public Sector...

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 How Ashley became Australian

How Ashley became Australian

When alumna Ashley Kalagian Blunt (MRes 2017) moved from Canada to Australia, she thought it would be easy to “become Australian”. Her recently published memoir How to be Australian about the pleasures and pitfalls of making Australia home will strike a chord with many of us who have arrived in Australia and tried to navigate a different culture and way of life. From tall poppy syndrome...

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 Mind over matter

Mind over matter

  When Brazilian disability advocate and quadriplegic Rodrigo Hübner Mendes became the first to drive an F1 racing car entirely with his mind, Emotiv’s technology was right there with him in the driver’s seat. Emotiv is on the frontier in developing scalable and user-friendly wearable electroencephalography (EEG) technologies for neuroscience, neuromarketing, cognitive perfo...