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We are delighted to announce that PhD Scholar Steve Munns has been awarded the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Pat Turner Scholarship 2021 Research Prize for his contribution to public policy in the past year. Steve is currently completing his PhD focused on service user violence and aggression against frontline Australian commonwealth public servants with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).
The Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarship program enhances the capability of the Australian Public Service by developing strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian leaders through high-quality research and skills training, building on the legacy of Pat Turner AM.
This year’s four prizes were awarded at the 2021 Secretaries Dinner, hosted by the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the National Museum of Australia on 18 December.
Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt, thanked the prize winners for their efforts in strengthening the link between academic research and public policy development. He encouraged the scholars to continue this important work and further embrace their role as ambassadors for the Foundation, and as mentors of future scholars and APS leaders.
“It is these scholars who are building powerful networks: with each other, with academia and the broader public service. These networks will allow Australia to be agile, innovative and access expert knowledge quickly to solve the problems we are facing,” Professor Schmidt said.
Learn more about the awards here.