News from Old Collegians
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Stephen Minas elected Vice-Chair of the UN's Technology Executive Committee
Stephen Minas (Newman College 2002-05) was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Technology Executive Committee, the United Nations body which advises the state parties to the UN Climate Convention and the Paris Agreement on technology matters. Stephen is also a member of the Advisory Board of the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network, which provides technical assistance to developing countries (both bodies are meeting virtually this year, due to the pandemic). Previously, Stephen collaborated with the Commonwealth Secretariat and UN Environment on climate law initiatives and was a member of the climate justice steering committee chaired by Spain’s ecological transition minister, Teresa Ribera, presenting the committee’s proposals during last year’s New York climate summit. Stephen has been an assistant professor of law at Peking University, China since late 2017 and completed a PhD in law at King’s College London.
Ben Buckingham represents Australia on the world stage
Former Collegian Ben Buckingham made his world championship debut in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase at the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 held at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar in October 2019.
Here's what he had to say about his successful year:
"I was fortunate to spend 10 weeks overseas, racing in Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia and Doha.
In my final European race on the 2nd of September, I qualified for the 2019 Doha World Championships by placing fourth at a World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia in a time of 8.27.51. The qualifying time was 8.29.00 and my performance ranks me 8th Australia all time in the 3000m steeplechase. I was very relieved to run the qualifier having previously won a race in Sollentuna in early June in 8.31.38.
The championships were a completely new experience - particularly with the Doha heat topping 31 degrees at midnight with 70% humidity. This meant we competed in an airconditioned stadium with the surreal experience of a ten min walk from the call room through an airconditioned tunnel to the stadium.
In the race itself, I was in contention until the final three laps where the best blokes in the world shower their class.
It was an honour to represent Australia for the first time, and I hope to repeat the feat at next year's Tokyo Olympics should they go ahead. Either way, I had a very special 2019."
Congratulations to Ben on all your incredible success. As always, the College will be cheering for you wherever you compete next!
Messages to Fr Bill Uren upon his retirement
Hear below from past College residents and community members living all over the globe speak on the occasion of Father Bill Uren’s retirement as Rector of Newman College. He is the second longest serving Rector of Newman College. Bill’s contributions to the College are enormous in their breadth and depth. He has, over the decades, served as Dean, Chaplain and Rector of Newman College. We are thankful for his time and dedication to all students that have come through the College, and are lucky to have him remaining with us in 2020 as Scholar-in-Residence.
News from London
Former Collegian, Dr Sophie Gascoigne Cohen (photographed here after her recent wedding in London), was accepted into the Health Policy MSc at Imperial College, London. She was awarded a Faculty of Medicine Dean's Master's Scholarship.
News from Canberra
Former Collegians, Charlotte O'Shea (Kavenagh) and Xiaoping Zhu pictured with their recent arrivals.
YOUR AFL - A Christmas Present for Dad
Please follow the link below to view some research writings about the AFL from former collegian Professor John Funder AC.
Road to Refuge
An initiative organised and delivered by a number of people including former Collegians, Angus Mackenzie and Sam Butcher. In 2019, In My Own Words was launched - a storytelling program which equips young people of refugee backgrounds with the skills they need to shape their story and have it heard. Click the link below to read more and find out how you can donate.