Aurora study tour inspires UC student to succeed
The University of Canberra’s Michael McCagh was one of just 17 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students selected for the 32-day Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour in October last year, which has inspired him to make a difference in the legal industry.
The 28-year-old is already cementing himself as a bright young mind in the field, having returned to his home state of Western Australia this year to work as an associate to Justice Andrew Beech in the Supreme Court. He has also secured a position for next year as a Victorian Government Solicitor.
Mr McCagh graduated from the University of Canberra in April with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Politics and International Relations and decided to focus on a career in law, because “I recognised that it opens up so many avenues and would be useful to have if I want to do something big, something significant.”
“Law is an area where Indigenous people aren’t well-represented. Large law firms don’t have Indigenous leaders and there’s only one Indigenous judge in the whole country. Hopefully I can help change that,” he said.
“The more people who reach positions of power, the more likely it is that young Indigenous children will think one day they can too.”
To read Michael McCagh’s full story and more of his reflections on the tour and his experience studying at University of Canberra visit UC Monitor online:
UC legal eagle soars on study tour
Mr McCagh isn’t the only University of Canberra connection to the world’s top universities. Assistant Professor in nursing Kerrie Doyle was the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman to obtain a postgraduate degree from UK’s prestigious Oxford University. Read her story on Monitor online:
UC lecturer is first Aboriginal Oxford graduate