Current Students

Inaugural Social Justice Bursary awarded

Laura Sykes

UTAS student Laura Sykes has been awarded the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund inaugural bursary. The bursary will assist Laura with her vision to achieve Fairtrade Accreditation for UTAS.

The bursary was launched in 2011 by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

Laura Sykes, has a passion for social justice and aims to assist the University to achieve Fairtrade Accreditation.

She is studying a Bachelor of Arts focusing on International Relations. Laura is also the president of Go Fair Inc., a Tasmanian organisation that was formed to assist the Launceston City Council to achieve Fairtrade Accreditation, and engage schools, businesses and community groups with Fairtrade and ethical consumerism.

The award of $2,000 will assist Laura with her goals to educate the university community about issues of ethical purchasing, and also engage with local businesses and community groups.

Laura’s vision is for UTAS to become Fairtrade accredited in the next few years, and to grow the movement for Fairtrade on campus with students and staff.

About the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund

Tasmanian lawyer Alexander (Sandy) Duncanson died in June 2010 at the age of 37, after surviving cancer for 16 years. Sandy’s family and friends have worked with the UTAS Faculty of Law and the Inglis Clark Centre to establish a fund in his name through the University of Tasmania Foundation.

More than $100,000 has been raised to date for the fund. The initial target was $60,000 to award one bursary each year in perpetuity; the new target is $120,000 to award two bursaries each year.

Donations can still be made here: www.utas.edu.au/foundation/donate  (under ‘Gift Purpose’, choose Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Bursary).

The aim of the bursary is to provide a University of Tasmania student assistance to advance a social justice initiative, encouraging more of our graduates to pursue their careers with integrity.

Published on: 28 Mar 2012 12:24pm