Cambridge’s first Charlie Perkins Scholar awarded Distinction
Lilly Brown arrived in Cambridge last year to take a Masters in Education, and as the first recipient of a Charlie Perkins Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. It's a long way from the Eastern Hills of Western Australia to Trinity College, Cambridge, but Lilly flourished, and will be graduating with distinction in November.
She is a Gumbaynggirr woman, and graduated with 1st class honours in Indigenous Studies from the University of Melbourne after completing a first degree in anthropology and history at the University of Western Australia.
Her Masters at Cambridge was in Politics, Development and Democratic Education, and focused on "Closing the gap in ‘disadvantage’: Policy dissonance and the educational experience of Indigenous students". One of her examiners described her research as "a fascinating and compelling thesis which offered critical insights and understanding of the experiences of Indigenous students in Australia".
Lilly has now accepted a position as Aboriginal Education Specialist on The Aspiration Initiative with The Aurora Project, an influential progressive think tank, to work on their programme of academic camps.
The Cambridge Trust is delighted that four more indigenous Australian scholars will be starting courses in Cambridge this year, with awards from both the Charlie Perkins Scholarship scheme and the Roberta Sykes programme.