The University of Sydney Convocation Medal

6 November 2012

The Deputy Chancellor, Alan Cameron pictured with Patrick Bateman and Andrew Thomas.

Sydney Law School would like to congratulate Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSci '10 LLB '12) and Andrew Thomas (BEc '11 LLB '13) on winning the 2012 University of Sydney Convocation Medal.

The Convocation Medal was established in 1979 by the University of Sydney Alumni Council (formerly the Standing Committee of Convocation).

The Medal is awarded to an outstanding recent graduate who has contributed exceptionally to the life of the University and may have also contributed to the broader community, as well as achieving a high standard of academic proficiency.

Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSc (Hons) '10 LLB '12) is a world-class orator, student union advocate and community volunteer. He achieved excellent academic results throughout his studies, including the Walter Reid Memorial Prize for Penultimate Law and the Felix Arnott Residential Scholarship at St Paul's College. Patrick co-founded the Public Speaking Society through the University of Sydney Union (USU), and as USU president from 2009 to 2010, increased membership by 30 percent and brought the union to a budget-neutral position. In 2011 he was named world champion in the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition - the largest and most prestigious mooting competition in the world. Patrick is also a dedicated volunteer for Lifeline and has also volunteered in a juvenile detention centre in Capetown.

Andrew Thomas (BEc (Hons) '11 LLB '13) has used his outstanding academic success to make valuable contributions to the University and the wider community. He has received numerous prizes and scholarships, including the Dean's Scholarship for Economics and Business, the Investec Prize for most outstanding graduate of the Business School, and the University Medal for Economics. He has successfully represented the University nationally and internationally as a debater and public speaker. He has also served on a number of representative bodies, including the Academic Board. Andrew has conducted extensive fundraising and on the ground work in Uganda for the African Foundation for People in Need, as well as volunteering with Redfern Legal Centre and microfinance organisations Opportunity International and the Grameen Bank. He has also represented the university in tennis and triathlons.

Contact: Greg Sherington

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