Alumni news

Our alumni are making a mark in their fields throughout New Zealand and around the world. Read about some of their recent achievements.

    Ibrahim Omer with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

    Community change

    "I always wanted to study politics—it has fascinated me since I was young," says Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Ibrahim Omer.

    The XXCQ Deloitte Building

    Building connection and collaboration

    Although new to the waterfront, the XXCQ (or Deloitte) building has already become a distinctive part of the Wellington skyline, its reflective surface visible for miles. Architecture graduate Thomas Seear-Budd was a key part of this project, working on the building from 2014 until its completion earlier this year—just the start of an exciting architectural career for this Victoria University of Wellington alumnus.

    Victoria University of Wellington honours outstanding alumni

    Six alumni of Victoria University of Wellington have been selected as Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2019, recognising their outstanding contributions to fields ranging from business, to youth justice, to space exploration.

    One for the books

    How can an extraordinary collection of academic books be put to best use? Victoria University of Wellington found a novel solution after alumni Danny and Ting Chan, brothers who attended the University in the early 1970s, donated a 20-foot container of new academic books to the University.

    Debbie Power

    Serving the public

    Alumna Debbie Power started her public service career in the 1980s as a frontline case manager at the former Department of Social Welfare. Now Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development, she reflects on the value of upskilling and challenging yourself to do things that scare you.

    Richard Foy

    Safeguarding our national memory

    Alumnus and Chief Archivist at Archives New Zealand, Richard Foy, explains why public archives are so fundamental to a nation’s sense of identity.

    Improving lives through research

    After completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Applied Statistics at Victoria University of Wellington, Jennifer Summers went on to follow her passion for helping people and influencing policy through public health research. She is now a Research Fellow at King’s College London, where she has been leading a project that will benefit children with cerebral palsy throughout the United Kingdom.

    Rebecca Rice

    Opening windows to history through art

    Te Papa curator and Victoria University of Wellington alumna Rebecca Rice has enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career in art history, which she says was all sparked by a happy accident.