Official news, updates and media releases on the Menzies Foundation activity are available here.

Nathan seeks clear answers at Oxford

24 October 2016

Nathan Van Wees, 2017 Menzies Law ScholarImmersion in subjects examining the crossover between politics, administrative and constitutional law, along with a unique experience working for the UNHCR, have inspired 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law recipient, Nathan Van Wees, to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford.

A decade of humanitarian projects

20 October 2016

Architects Without FrontiersHuman rights and refugee advocate, Julian Burnside AO, and Grand Designs Australia host, Peter Maddison, will headline an event to celebrate 10 years of Architects Without Frontiers (AWF) and its humanitarian projects around the world in November.

Supporting vulnerable families

10 October 2016

Dr Kerry ProctorIf the definition of leadership is helping others achieve their potential, then there could be no better leader than 2003 Menzies Research Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences, Dr Kerry Proctor.

Rawlinson made Fellow of AAHMS

10 October 2016

Professor Bill Rawlinson AM, FAHMSProfessor Bill Rawlinson AM has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences for his work in translational research into cytomegalovirus (CMV) amongst other achievements.

Autism App Google Impact Challenge finalist

5 October 2016

Dr Josephine BarbaroA smartphone app to aid parents in the early detection of Autism developed using research by Menzies Scholar, Dr Josephine Barbaro, who is working at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, is one of the 10 Australian finalists in the Google Impact Challenge.

Diving head-long into life

19 August 2016

Diving head-long into lifeTwo-time Australian Olympic Diver and Harvard Menzies Scholar, Mike Murphy, says the transition from Olympian to the next phase of life presents significant challenges for many athletes.

But 20 years on from his last Olympic appearance, the message he’d like to give them is pretty clear: there is so much more to life.

Stop CMV – Bill is on the case

15 August 2016

Professor Bill RawlinsonWhat is the most common viral and infectious cause of congenital disability in Australia, present in about 2000 newborns every year?

No it’s not rubella or toxoplasmosis or even Zika virus. It is a virus so common half the population have been infected by adulthood and more than three quarters of people by the age of 40. But if you’ve had it, you probably didn’t even know.

Managing the head space of a PhD

5 August 2016

Alisa Manuscript kategenius2009 Menzies Scholar in Engineering Alisa Selimovic says her PhD at Oxford University was an opportunity to learn about autonomy, pride, collaboration and for personal growth. While she says that her research is just a grain of sand in the bigger body of engineering research, she feels the experience was much more than developing academically.

A passion for water

12 July 2016

Coff Brittany with colleagues in Zambia croppedGrowing up in South Australia at a time of water scarcity signalled the beginning of a passion for water resource management for 2012 Menzies Engineering Scholar Brittany Coff.

A better thinker and a better lawyer than when I arrived

6 July 2016

Eleanor Mitchell In 2013 Eleanor Mitchell moved from Adelaide to Oxford with the support of a Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at Oxford University. Three years later with BCL, MPhil and an internship with the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva under her belt, Eleanor is now a trainee barrister at Matrix Chambers in London.

Menzies – Triumph or Tragedy?

5 July 2016

Sir Robert Menzies in 1939Students across Australia will again be given the opportunity to delve into the legacy of Sir Robert Menzies as part of the National History Challenge, which this year has the theme of Triumph or Tragedy.