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New scholars bring knowledge and experience to ANU

05 March 2020
2020 Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholars

The Foundation welcomed its 2020 scholars with a commencement dinner this week.

The inaugural dinner was hosted by Dr Ken Henry, AC who spoke about the opportunity new scholars have to drive best practice policy in the Australian Public Service.

“You’re now in the unique position to add to the repository of knowledge the Australian Public Service needs.

“As scholars, your topics of research and study are all key priorities for the APS in what is a challenging time,” said Dr Henry.

Jane O’Dwyer, Vice-President Engagement and Global Relations, also addressed commencing scholars, reflecting on the broader contribution the Foundation has made to ANU.

Since 2012, the Foundation has had 48 scholars.

“[Your] diversity of experiences and backgrounds enrich our campus, research and capability as an organisation,

“Through your experience as public servants, ANU sees a unique perspective of how public policy happens.

“The Foundation has also set a high standard with the Pat Turner scholarship, whose cohort make up 11% of the university’s current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate student population,” said Ms O’Dwyer.

Located in Kambri’s aMBUSH Gallery, the backdrop for the event was an exclusive preview of the Mirrung exhibition by David and Noni Cragg.

Mirrung exhibition

Speaking about the influence of the artists First Nations, Irish and Scottish backgrounds on their artwork, Dr Henry remarked on the rich experiences each scholar brings to their studies, and the value in sharing their expertise with each other.

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The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.