Dear Students and Staff,

Throughout today we’ve witnessed the profound impact of the earthquake crisis on those with friends and loved ones in the regions, but also the co-ordination of activities by students and staff who want to help.

Those impacted in our student community expressed to us a need for communal areas where they can gather, pray, have fellowship and access support services. These have been established and are:

  • Sandy Bay: In the TUU Building, directly above the Commonwealth Bank and also the Multi-Faith Centre (under the doctor’s clinic). Both can be accessed until 10pm this week.
  • Newnham: The Atrium meeting space in the Student Centre will be available from 9am to 5pm weekdays.
  • Darlinghurst: The Clinical Skills Lab will be available from 9am to 5pm weekdays.
  • Rozelle: Building 104 will be available from 9am to 5pm weekdays.

As a demonstration of strength, solidarity and reflection we are working with our students to stage candle-lit vigils. These will be held:

  • Hobart: Franklin Square on Wednesday, April 29 at 5.30pm.
  • Newnham: On campus at a time and venue to be confirmed.
  • Darlinghurst: in the campus carpark on Thursday, April 30, at 10am.
  • Rozelle: Garden B101, on Wednesday, April 29 at noon.

We would urge people who want to donate to the disaster relief effort to do so via the Red Cross at or free-call 1800 811 700.

Ongoing support from counsellors and student advisers is available via the Student Centre on 1800 817 675.

We continue to encourage students to contact Student Centre counsellors or student advisers if they have specific academic or personal issues arising from this crisis so that we can provide additional assistance wherever possible.



Professor Mike Calford,

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International).


Professor David Sadler,

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education)