Sydney Law School student wins Australia-at-large Rhodes Scholarship

5 December 2008

Nikolas Kirby
Nikolas Kirby

Sydney  student Nikolas Kirby has taken out one of three Australia at-large 2009 Rhodes Scholarships announced this week.


Nikolas recently completed a combined Arts/Law degree at the University of Sydney where he also received the University Medal in Philosophy.


During his time at Oxford he is planning to undertake an MPhil in Development Studies. "I want to engage with the theoretical underpinning of development programs as well as remaining involved in the practical side, providing on the ground support," he said.


Nikolas, who has set up his own relief and development program in Papua New Guinea, also has development experience in central Australia.


Nickolas was educated at St Aloysius' High School, Sydney, where he was awarded Dux of the College in 2001 as well as the Premier's Award for All-Round Excellence in the same year.  


A keen cricketer, Nikolas says that one of the highlights of his sporting career was playing 1st Grade Cricket at Pollock Cricket Club, Glasgow, during his gap year. During his year abroad Nikolas worked in a Glasgow school for kids with epilepsy and later went to undertake similar work on the island of Malta.


"Graduates of this Law School, including some famous ones, have done particularly well in winning the Rhodes Scholarship," said the Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs. 

"But it is in recent times that our students have really shone. 

"Nikolas is in fact the tenth Sydney Law School student to receive a Rhodes Scholarship this century; a Sydney Law School student has won the scholarship for the last 5 years in a row. 

"This is a remarkable achievement and is a great reflection on the qualities, dedication and strengths that our students have brought to the Law School and the wider community."


Nikolas is student editor of the Sydney Law Review and the Australian International Law Journal.


Earlier this year Sydney student Natasha Simonsen received the 2009 NSW Rhodes Scholarship which she will use to study for a Bachelor of Civil Law and Master of Philosophy.



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