High achieving Murdoch University students are receiving prizes and scholarships at a series of award ceremonies.
The prize-giving nights celebrate the success, excellence and commitment of recent graduates and undergraduates across all four faculties at Murdoch University and enable sponsors and donors to meet and greet recipients and the academics guiding them.
Murdoch’s School of Law was the first to hold its prize-giving night, with two of its top prizes for outstanding academic achievement and all-round contribution to the life of Murdoch University going to mature aged student Christopher Hicks, 28, who left his career as a graphic designer to pursue his ambitions to become a lawyer.
“I had an epiphany of sorts after driving home from a holiday down south and I decided that I wasn’t sure that graphic design was what I wanted to be doing in the long term,” said Mr Hicks, from Cottesloe.
“I decided that I was going to go back to university and Murdoch’s School of Law was the best fit for me for a number of reasons.
“It offers a graduate entry program and its Juris Doctor degree can be completed quicker than most law degrees at other universities, meaning I knew I wouldn’t be out of the workforce for too long. I also knew I would be studying alongside lots of other mature aged students going through similar challenges to me.
“The flexibility of the course meant I was also able to carry on working as a freelance graphic designer while I completed my studies.
“The practical elements of the course were also what attracted me. Murdoch’s School of Law has an excellent reputation for offering real life legal experiences via its SCALES (Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service Inc) centre and through mooting competitions.”
Mr Hicks’ hard work has paid off and he is now employed by the Freehills law firm in its graduate program.
Around 80 students from the Faculty of Health Sciences, which includes the chiropractic, psychology and veterinary schools and students from the Murdoch University Business School will be honoured at an award ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, March 29), which takes place at the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre from 6pm.
On Wednesday, April 4, students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering will be honoured and on Wednesday, April 18, it will be the turn of students from the Faculty of Arts, Education and Creative Media and the School of Information Technology.
Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, Professor Richard Higgott, said all the recipients deserved congratulations and said the University was proud to recognise academic excellence and personal achievement.
“Success requires hard work, focus and sacrifice and is not achieved in isolation,” he said.
“Our students are fortunate to be taught, inspired and mentored by some of the best academic minds in the world.
“Recognising excellence in education requires considerable support and commitment from industry and personal donors and their generosity makes our prize-giving events possible.”