Leaders scholarship commemorates Dr Paul Collier

12th September 2013

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A scholarship for potential South Australian leaders with disabilities has been set up in the name of former Wadham DPhil student, Dr Paul Collier.

Leaders scholarship commemorates Dr Paul Collier

A scholarship for potential South Australian leaders with disabilities has been set up in the name of former Wadham DPhil student, Dr Paul Collier.

Paul Collier (1995 History) was the founder of Dignity for Disability (D4D) a South Australian human rights based organisation that aims to ensure representation in Parliament for people with disabilities.

Dr Collier died unexpectedly in March 2010, days after winning a seat in Parliament. An author and historian, Dr Collier’s chosen lifestyle - as a fighter pilot – was restricted following a motor vehicle accident in which he suffered a major spinal injury.

South Australian electronics manufacturer Redarc will sponsor the Dr Paul Collier scholarship set up through the Leaders Institute of South Australia. Potential leaders with disabilities or disability sector workers can use to the scholarship, valued at AUD $11,500, to undertake a 10-month Governors Leadership Foundation program (GLF). Wadham College Finance Committee has also agreed to make a contribution to the fund.

Dr Collier had an active leadership role in numerous Australian Federal organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Advisory Council, Arts Access Australia and the National Disability Advisory Council, and he also served on a range of community organisations.

Wadham alumna Erna Cooper (1995 European Literature (DPhil) commented: “Dr Paul Collier was my best friend and in fact the first person I met at College, in Oxford. He was an ex-RAF pilot and quadriplegic, who got involved in health care and education reform, in his home country of South Australia, after he finished his doctorate in military history.”