QUT Rhodes Scholars

We have produced eight Rhodes Scholars since 1998, with Queensland's 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Rhodes Scholars all being graduates of QUT.

Rhodes is one of the oldest and most prestigious international graduate scholarship programs in the world. It awards scholarships to students selected from 30 countries each year, including one annual Queensland scholarship.

Harriet Horsfall

Harriet is Queensland's 2016 Rhodes Scholar. She studied a Bachelor of Justice at QUT and graduated with first-class honours. She intends to study for a Master of Public Policy at Oxford to build on her experience in international volunteering and NGOs.

Harriet is currently working in Indonesia as a volunteer development adviser. She has previously managed volunteer programs in Cambodia and Nepal, and worked in Nepal as a volunteer teacher. In 2015 she travelled to Iran for a portrait photography project aimed at evoking public discussion on women's empowerment.

During her studies at QUT she worked with the NGO Brisbane Youth Service (BYS), managing a literacy and numeracy program for young people, many of them homeless and at-risk. Based on her work at BYS, she presented a paper at the Australasian Youth Justice Conference in Canberra in 2013. When the program was threatened by loss of funding, Harriet helped develop a social enterprise which, after one year, was subsidising more than 40% of the program's outreach activity.

Brody Foy

Brody was awarded Queensland's Rhodes Scholarship for 2015. He graduated with an honours in Computational Mathematics, and plans to take a PhD at Oxford University in mathematics, modelling the spread of lung cancer.

Brody began at QUT as a recipient of a QUT Vice Chancellor's Scholarship, and made extensive contributions to university life. During his undergraduate years, he was a QUT Student Ambassador promoting tertiary study to high school students, and also worked as a campus life leader for the Science and Engineering Faculty.

He was recognised for his extensive student volunteer work during 2013 with the QUT Student Leader of the Year and QUT Volunteer of the Year awards.

Andrew Trotter

Andrew is a dual QUT graduate in arts and law, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for 2013. His ultimate goal is to see alleged international criminals judged fairly and expeditiously in their own countries.

Before studying international criminal law at Oxford, he had already completed an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and human-rights-related internships in Cambodia and India.

Andrew began his QUT studies as one of the inaugural QUT Vice-Chancellor's Scholars.

Dr Amanda Rojek

Queensland's 2012 Rhodes Scholar, Amanda has degrees in applied science and human movement studies from QUT. She arrived in Oxford in 2014 to study a masters degree in global health science, with a focus on the response and disaster management.

Following her QUT degrees, Amanda studied medicine at University of Queensland and is passionate about bringing adequate and timely healthcare to struggling and underprivileged communities.

She has been a remote area medical volunteer in Chicago and a Red Cross emergency services volunteer in Australia.

James Tilbury

Engineering honours alumnus James Tilbury was awarded Queensland's 2011 Rhodes Scholarship and headed to Oxford to study a masters degree in environmental change and management.

Before this, one of his biggest challenges was working in Cambodia with international development organisation CARE. His goal is to help the planet's poorest people through sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

Dr Christopher Layton

Christopher graduated with a university medal in 1998 and was also named the 2002 QUT Alumni Young Achiever Award Winner before being awarded the 2002 Queensland Rhodes Scholarship.

He pioneered the term 'diabetic retinal neuropathy' during his Rhodes Scholar work at Oxford University where he researched the challenge of making artificial retinas.

Dr Thomas Ward

A QUT medical engineering graduate and QUT medalist, Thomas was named Queensland's 2001 Rhodes Scholar.

During his undergraduate studies, he was sponsored by the Queen's Trust for Young Australians to carry out an assessment of the needs of landmine victims and rural amputees in Cambodia.

After graduating from QUT, he used his Rhodes Scholarship to complete a doctorate at Oxford University's Orthopaedic Engineering Centre, where he researched knee joint replacements.

He then worked in the United States and consulted on major health system reforms in the Middle East, as well as completing a medical degree.

Professor Ben White

Ben was a QUT law graduate and university law medalist before becoming QUT's first Rhodes Scholar, for 1998.

Now a well-known health law researcher and lecturer at QUT, he completed his PhD at Oxford University, where his thesis investigated the role of consultation in the law reform process.

Law reform has gone on to form a central part of his career. Before joining QUT's School of Law, he was the full-time commissioner of the Queensland Law Reform Commission from 2005 to 2007 (and part-time commissioner between 2007 and 2010), where he had carriage of a five-year review into the state's guardianship legislation.

He is now a director of QUT's Australian Centre for Health Law Research and has published extensively in the area of health law, with a particular focus on end-of-life decision-making and guardianship law.