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Alumni support during COVID-19

Alumni support during COVID-19

We are all being tested as never before by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these challenging times when we cannot physically connect with loved ones, friends, family and colleagues, the support and interaction we can offer each other becomes increasingly important.

We are bombarded by a myriad of opinions and news, both real and fake, and sometimes it is hard to work through the maze of information hitting our inboxes and social media feeds. Many of us are feeling anxious and unsure how this will all play out.

ECU is home to leading academics and researchers whose expert opinion is sought after and who can provide interesting commentary on relevant trending topics separating the fact from fiction.

We want to share their insights with you. We want to share learning and professional development opportunities, moments of light relief and laughter and keep you updated with our virtual events and activities.

Please check in with us often on this page. Tell us what you want to see here.

We are listening.

Let’s look after each other so we come out the other end strong and capable with renewed energy and new friendships forged through these extraordinary circumstances.

So grab a coffee and join us …….

Karen, Kim and Tim
The ECU Alumni Relations Team

You can find ECU's updates for students, future students, staff and campus visitors here

Student Hardship Fund

Student in yellow computer lab

Right now, the COVID pandemic is testing our students. Many are struggling to afford essentials like food, rent and the technology required to continue their studies. In order to offer practical support, ECU has launched the Student Hardship Fund and we need your help.

Fighting fear with facts

COVID-19 virus graphic

As the world struggles to deal with the myriad implications of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, ECU's world-class experts have some practical tips and opinions across a variety of topics related to the crisis.

Fighting fear with friendship


While times are tough, it’s important to stay positive, connected and to see the funny side. Here's a round-up of fun moments and interesting articles to keep you smiling!

Webinar series - COVID conversations

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In a time when social distancing, self-isolation and uncertainty have taken control of our daily lives, ECU’s world class researchers share their expertise and practical advice on how to manage life through the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in to hear from the experts via live webinar and have your questions answered.


Virtual Reality film opens the door to Antarctica

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

There aren’t many people who can say they’ve been to Antarctica, let alone worked there. But Briege Whitehead has—and she documented the experience for all to enjoy.

A Metamorphic Odyssey: A memoir of humanity, compassion and empathy

Monday, 26 October 2020

In 2003, Nepalese born Ms Moheindu Chemjong fled the armed conflict in her native Nepal to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at ECU. The School of Business and Law graduate has now written a memoir, a story of “humanity, compassion and empathy".

School of Nursing and Midwifery and WAAPA combine to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Monday, 26 October 2020

Ms Helen Hanson (née Searle) – Bachelor of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Creative Industries - and Dr Lucinda Coleman – PhD (Performing Arts) have been chosen as the inaugural winners of the ECU Commissions: the Arts in Society.

New film Under My Skin goes more than skin-deep

Monday, 26 October 2020

When David O’Donnell’s ex-partner and close friend came out as trans, he had little context for understanding what his friend was going through.

Fast forward eight years, actor and WAAPA graduate O’Donnell is about to release his feature debut as a writer and director. The film stars four non-binary actors and is co-produced by the same ex-partner and friend. O’Donnell describes the film as a “complex love story for our generation”.

Vice-President of Enterprise and Director of Development's October update

Monday, 26 October 2020

Since last month’s Perth City Deals announcement, featuring Edith Cowan University’s City Campus as the centrepiece of the deal, we have been overwhelmed and delighted by the number of proud ECU alumni who have shared their enthusiastic support.

Alumnus Profile - Mr Paul Laverty

Monday, 26 October 2020

Originally from Scotland, Mr Laverty grew up in Western Australia living near Mount Lawley Campus, he now resides at Castlemaine in Victoria, but returns frequently to WA (well, at least, before COVID-19).

ECU is home to some of his fondest memories and he met his wife Ms Anna Laverty (née Webster) at WAAPA. He says, "In hindsight my HECS debt was good value - I got a degree and also got hitched."

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