In 2016 the inaugural Matthew Flinders Memorial Statue Scholarship 2016 recipient was Lauren Bryant who was at the time studying a Bachelor of Archaeology and has now continued at Flinders as a post-graduate student.
Lauren travelled to the University of Leicester and stayed at the on-campus accommodation, she made a great support network of friends of both local and international students. Lauren became involved in the International Student Club and found she grew in confidence through the challenges and opportunities found in being overseas and away from home, meeting new people and traveling to Europe between terms.
“I also found the process of making friends quickly valuable because it gave me more confidence and helped me feel more comfortable speaking especially in groups.”
Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester comprises a world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching. Lauren’s access to active medieval history sites was for a budding archaeologists a truly unique experience that is unavailable in Australia and greatly expanded her knowledge and skills.
“I found it great to be able to get a broader perspective on archaeology by interacting with different students and professors.”
Two bronze casts of the Matthew Flinders Memorial Statues have also made a cultural exchange to Australian shores. Flinders University was fortunate to be able to install the statue at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct in May 2016 and in February 2017 a third replica has also been installed in the rural City of Port Lincoln on the lower Eyre Peninsula.