The Kalisher Trust, an organisation working towards a criminal bar which reflects the diversity of the society it serves, exceptionally announced two awards for students completing an MSc in Criminology this year, at Wadham and St Cross colleges, Oxford.
Wadham's Senior Tutor Dr Michael Froggatt commented: “We are proud to partner with the Kalisher Trust and Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology in offering scholarships to exceptionally talented and promising young people who aspire to a career in the legal profession. Their presence here has substantially enriched the college community, and contributes to Wadham’s vision of access to excellence for all, regardless of their background."
Kalisher Trust-Wadham Scholar, Kavya Sharma (pictured below), said: “I am honoured to be the recipient of the Kalisher-Wadham Award. The kindness of the Kalisher Trust has been overwhelming. Thank you to the University of Oxford Criminology Department and Andrew Hall QC who, even at the initial stages in the process, have been both supportive and encouraging.”
“I applied for the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice to gain an academic basis on contemporary social justice issues that I have only just touched the surface of within my activism and undergraduate studies. The Award has instilled confidence in me and my ability to seek a career in achieving justice for everyone, in all echelons of society”, she added.
The Kalisher Trust-Wadham Scholarship (Criminology) is available to UK residents applying for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition to satisfying the high academic standards of the Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, and Wadham College, candidates for the award must satisfy the Kalisher Trust’s objectives of furthering access to the Criminal Bar for students from backgrounds who are under-represented in the legal profession.
Wadham's first Kalisher scholar was admitted in 2017 making Kavya our fifth Kalisher scholar.