Prizes

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation sponsors a number of prizes across the University.

The Joan Uhr Prize

The Joan Uhr Prize recognises the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation PhD scholar who has made the greatest contribution to public policy in the past year, particularly through strengthening the links between the Australian Public Service and The Australian National University.

The prize was named after the founding Executive Director of the Foundation, Joan Uhr, in recognition of her contributions.

The inaugural Joan Uhr prize was awarded to Camille Goodman at the annual Secretaries’ Dinner in December 2017.

(Left to Right) Joan Uhr, Camille Goodman, Chris Moraitis

2018 winner – Talia Avrahamzon

2019 winner – Shane Johnson

The Ian Castles Alumni Prize

The Ian Castles Alumni Prize recognises an alum, from the Sir Roland Wilson PhD scholarship program or the Pat Turner scholarship program, who has achieved extraordinary success in their fields, or made outstanding contributions to public policy in Australia or internationally.

The prize is named after Ian Castles, who was a member of the Sir Roland Wilson Board from 1999-2009.

The Pat Turner Prize

The SRW Pat Turner Prize (Research) for the SRW Pat Turner MPhil or PhD scholar who has made the greatest contribution to public policy in the past year, particularly through strengthening the links between the Australian Public Service and The Australian National University or Charles Darwin University.

The SRW Pat Turner Prize (Coursework) for the SRW Pat Turner scholar who has achieved the highest grade point average while undertaking a post-graduate coursework program in the past year.

The prize is named after Patricia Turner, AM who has actively promoted self-determination and social justice for Aboriginal people throughout her career.

The Sir Roland Wilson Prize ($1500)

Sir Roland Wilson was born in Tasmania, and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1925. He completed a DPhil at Oxford University and then a PhD at the University of Chicago.

From 1936 – 1940, Wilson was the Commonwealth Statistician for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In 1940 he was appointed the Secretary to the Department of Labour and National Service and played a part in designing Australia’s response to World War II.

In 1951, Roland Wilson was appointed Secretary to the Treasury. At the time, he was the youngest person to hold that position at age 47. He remained in this position until 1966, a tenure which has never been exceeded.

His years at Treasury were extraordinary, characterised by full employment, relative price stability and sustained economic growth.

This prize is awarded each year to the student who, in that year completed the requirements for the award of the Master of Business Administration; was among the five students who achieved the highest overall aggregate result in the compulsory core courses, and contributed most to the program in terms of leadership and good citizenship in the period of his or her enrolment, in the opinion of the Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics.

Updated:  25 November 2019/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation