FEDU distance student wins prestigious scholarship

Date / Time: 16 October 2015

RS JPGRobert Stratford, a distance student from the Faculty of Education, has won a prestigious international scholarship worth $10,000 AUD. The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) allocate two of these awards each year to PhD candidates whose doctorates have the potential to significantly contribute to educational philosophy and theory.

"I'm really blown away at getting this award. There are loads of talented educational thinkers at PESA, from all around the world, and I'm stoked that my thesis is being so well received."

The title of Robert's thesis is 'Higher Education and the Global Environmental Crisis'. It focuses on how educational policy and practice could change to meet the growing ecological challenges facing the planet.

Robert also has a University of Waikato doctoral scholarship and is based at his home in Titahi Bay, Porirua. When asked about working as a distance student, Robert was very upbeat about the support he had received from staff and students.   

"I enjoy working as a distance student. I have made lots of really great connections with staff and students and my supervisors have been wonderful. The library has been very helpful. My chief supervisor Michael Peters is very supportive even when he is overseas as is my other supervisor, Jayne White. With Skype and email, I don't need ongoing face-to-face communication. They're always a click away and I've felt really supported by them. They both encouraged me to apply for the PESA scholarship."

Robert collects the award in December when he attends the PESA annual conference in Melbourne and is the fourth UOW scholar to receive this prestigious award, following Richard Heraud, Sharyn Heaton and Sonja Ardnt.