UC Sociology student, Fred Leftwich, was recently awarded aRoberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship will allow Fred to undertake a Master of Humans Rights degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, starting in September. Fred plans to conduct research on the concept of ‘shared sovereignty’ while based at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Fred was inspired to apply for the Scholarship after participating in the UC New Colombo Plan excursion to Fiji as well as participating in the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour of the UK and USA in 2017. These combined experiences abroad gave Fred greater perspectives on his own Indigenous heritage and further understandings of other Indigenous-settler experiences. Fred Leftwich’s heritage comes from the Butchulla, Kuku Langi and Doomage nations. He decided to take up studies at the University of Canberra after 30 years of public service.

British High Commissioner to Australia, Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG, will present the 2018 Roberta Sykes Scholarships in Canberra in August, alongside Richard Potok, Executive Director of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and CEO of the Aurora Education Foundation.

The UC community congratulates Fred on this wonderful achievement and the leadership he is providing on Indigenous issues. We wish him well with his studies.

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