Alexander (Sandy) Duncanson died in June 2010 at the age of 37, after living with cancer for sixteen years. Sandy was a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. Strongly influenced by his experience as a law student visiting asylum seekers at Woomera Detention Centre in 2002, Sandy’s professional life was dedicated to advancing social justice. Sandy was widely respected for his work in the community legal and housing sectors, where he acted as an advocate for the vulnerable. The family and friends of Sandy Duncanson have worked with University staff who taught or knew Sandy to raise money to establish an endowed fund in his name, to provide support to students passionate about social justice in perpetuity.
Available to a student in any area of study with a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality. Bursary applicants must outline a social justice project or activity, and explain how they would use the bursary to implement the project or activity. The project or activity can involve working with an established organisation on a recognised issue, or involve an entirely new initiative. Applicants are required to submit an outline of their proposal detailing a budget outline, the timeframe for the project and to describe the difference they hope the project will make to their life and in a broader social context. The Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund links closely with the annual Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture which invites eminent speakers to address the subject of social justice and related matters. In 2020 guest speakers will be journalist, human rights defender, writer and film producer, Behrouz Boochani and publisher, Geordie Williamson. (For previous guest speakers see http://www.utas.edu.au/law-alumni/sandy-duncanson-social-justice-lecture) The successful applicants for this bursary will be expected to make a short presentation at the 2021 Lecture. For further information, please contact Jess Feehely at Jess.Feehely@utas.edu.au.
To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.
Up to $2,500 for project or activity costs
31 October 2020
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