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Meet our Bondies | Karen and Matt Perkins

Karen and Matt Perkins, Class of 1992

In our first 30 years, almost 30,000 alumni have graduated from Bond University. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re showcasing some of the past students who have paved the way for the next generation of Bondies.

Meet Karen and Matt Perkins (Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws) - their love story started at Bond.

What is your current role?            

Matt: I’m a barrister at the Queensland Bar

Karen: Faculty Executive Manager, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT, University of Queensland.

Where are you based?  

Brisbane.

Why did you choose to attend Bond?     

Matt: I discovered that studying law at UQ was not for me.

Karen: I was working at Bond and did a Master's degree.

Karen and Matt Perkins

What are your recollections of your time here? 

Matt: Desire among students and staff to make the uni something special.

Karen: There was a great orientation program, and meeting each other.

How has being a Bond graduate helped you in your career?         

Matt: It has enabled me to have a career in the law, both in Australia and overseas.

Karen: Bond was the start of a career in the university sector in Australia and overseas.

What have been your career highlights so far?   

Matt: Being called to the Bar, and previously heading up Child Protection in a London borough.

Karen: Achieving a senior role at UQ.

What advice would you give to current Bondies?              

Matt: Don’t panic.

Karen: Buy the textbook!

What does it mean to you to be a Bondy?            

Being part of an international network.

What is your favourite memory of Bond?             

Meeting each other!

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