Students win Australia-at-large Rhodes Scholarship

6 December 2006

University of Sydney students have made a clean sweep of the 2007 Rhodes Scholarships, with two Sydney Arts/ Law students announced as winners of the Australia-at-Large competition.

This achievement means that Sydney University law students have been successful in both the 2007 NSW and Australia-at-Large Rhodes Scholarship competitions.

Angela Cummine
will study an MPhil in International Relations at Oxford, with a view to developing a doctoral thesis with a particular focus on state management and population policy.

Angela received First Class Honours in her Arts degree in 2005 and also graduated this year with First Class Honours in Law.

Educated at Wahroonga Primary and Pymble Ladies College before entering the University of Sydney, she has been a volunteer at the Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre in Marrickville and the Central Queensland Native Title Body in Mackay. Angela says this experience highlighted the obstacles facing local level organisations, which despite their enormous energy and desire to improve community situations, are constrained by the system in which they operate.

Angela is an accomplished public speaker and was a quarter finalist in the 2006 World Debating Championships, which were held in Ireland. As a NSW Netball State League Representative player and a member of the University of Sydney Netball Team, she is also a keen sportswoman.

Eric Knight
is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Law degree at the University of Sydney and is a former student of Trinity Grammar and Sydney Grammar Schools. Eric was the recipient of the University of Sydney Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement with a UAI of 100.

An exceptional musician, Eric is a member of the Old Sydneians Chamber Orchestra as a violin and harpsichord soloist, and conductor of the Sydney University Choir.

Eric has a strong history of community involvement as a member of Youth Challenge Australia, based in Costa Rica, and as a Paralegal at Redfern Legal Centre. More recently Eric acted as an advisor on environmental and management issues as a legal intern at the Central Land Council, Alice Springs.

During his time at Oxford University Eric intends to study for an MSc in Environmental Change and Management, with a view to pursuing practical solutions to environmental policy, particularly in the areas of global climate change.

Earlier this year Sydney University Law graduate, Kate Brennan, was awarded the 2007 NSW Rhodes Scholarship and will be studying an MPhil in Development Studies whist at Oxford.

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