Two University of Tasmania graduates will undertake the opportunity of a lifetime as recipients of a scholarship to study theology at the University of Oxford.
Adrian Staples and Harrison Virs were awarded the scholarships by Reverend Professor Michael Tate AO.
The Michael Tate Oxford Scholarship, named after University of Tasmania and University of Oxford alumnus Father Michael Tate, will enable the students to travel to the UK in October 2017 and undertake the nine-month Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and Religion offered through Oxford’s Blackfriars Hall.
“I am delighted to present these scholarships to such high-achieving alumni, and look forward to seeing the impact this opportunity has on them, professionally and academically,” Father Tate said.
The scholarships are valued at up to $65,000 each, and cover fees and associated expenses, travel costs and living allowances for at least one year.
For Hobart local Harrison Virs, the scholarship will enable him to further his passion for studying theology after graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
“Studying at the University of Tasmania gave me an excellent platform in historical methodology, and I am extremely grateful to Father Tate for the opportunity to take my studies further,” he said.
Adrian Staples, a Tasmanian solicitor and Doctor of Philosophy, will use the scholarship to study the relationship between religious, moral, and secular authority.
“This is an incredible opportunity to study with leading thinkers and policy makers in the fields of social justice and humanitarian rights, for which I am most grateful,” he said.