The start of 2020 has been one of the most challenging times in Australia’s history. Thankfully, The University of Melbourne is well-placed to help resolve these major issues, thanks to existing research acumen and the ongoing determination of our donor community. As you will see in this years’ Report to Donors, this ability to rise to a challenge is a hallmark of the University’s operations. We hope that the stories contained here inspire you to consider how you can help us make a difference to the world today.
A snapshot of your giving
Making a difference
Sobur Dhieu is a recipient of the Tony and Maja Carp Scholarship which supports refugees or people from refugee backgrounds from Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. Without the Scholarship, Sobur’s education could have put a large financial strain on her family. Sobur plans to study law at the Melbourne Law School once completing her Bachelor of Arts. From there, she hopes to forge a career in human rights law, with a focus on migration law and protecting the rights of refugees.
Strengthening schooling experiences
Last year, Rose Iser, Doctor of Philosophy – Education, was awarded the Jack Keating Fund Scholarship for her research into schooling experiences of second-generation African Australian children. At this stage, Rose’s research is one of the only projects in Australia to investigate the application of Critical Race Theory and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy to students of African and refugee backgrounds. Rose plans to share the findings and analysis from her research later this year.
The next generation of engineering talent
Anna Magennis’s talent for engineering was noticed at an early age, when her high school teachers encouraged her to pursue a career in the field due to her aptitude and passion for maths and science. Commencing her Masters in Engineering (Biomedical) without a source of income was stressful, however this stress was alleviated when Anna received the Allan Reid Scholarship in 2018. The Scholarship has had a profound impact on Anna’s life, from supporting her in her final year project on low cost prosthetics for below-knee amputees in Vietnam to an exchange to South Korea in 2019. Anna has now graduated and works for the medical technology company, Planet Innovation.
Improving access to cancer care
Dr Suzie Sheehy, the Baker Fellow in Medical Accelerator Physics, established a new research program in partnership with the School of Physics and the Melbourne Medical School. The initiative will transform cancer treatments, save lives and train a new generation of accelerator physicists, radiation oncologists and radiologists to diagnose, treat and cure more patients more effectively. 2019 saw Dr Sheehy welcome her first wave of research students into the program – Elodie Higgins, Frank Zhang and Greg Peiris. Dr Sheehy and her research team are collaborating with European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the next generation of hadron therapy accelerator design and are continuing to work towards improving access to cancer care with more robust radiotherapy accelerators.
Where architecture and athletics collide
Catriona Bisset, Master of Architecture and Diploma in Languages, and recipient of the Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Foundation Athletics Scholarship in 2019, had a remarkable athletic season last year. Catriona broke the 43-year-old Australian women’s 800m record running at the London Diamond League event in July 2019. In addition to Catriona’s breakthrough athletic season, Catriona also received the ARBV Architectural Practice Award recognising her performance in her architectural studies. Catriona recently qualified for the Olympics and will be representing Australia next year in the 800m event.