Bridget is a descendant of the Butchulla people of the Woonduna Clan from Fraser Island, and has been actively involved with the Townsville Indigenous community as a teacher and parent. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar she completed an MPhil in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, graduating in 2014.
Bridget also holds a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from James Cook University.
Bridget has been an educator for 10 years with a career spanning primary school teaching and tertiary education. She is also an Advance Higher Education Academy Fellow (FHEA) and has worked as a Research Assistant for the Stronger Smarter Learning Communities - Central and Far North Queensland project.
Bridget is completing a PhD at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on the collective and social impact of programs and services, and how that influences educational outcomes for Indigenous children.
My interest in leadership and school improvement stems from a number of sources - my formal education, my current employment, and my belief that the work of those in schools can 'close the gap' for all Indigenous students.
The scholarship allows me to come to Cambridge. Without the scholarship I would not have come. My only option would have been to borrow the money and place my family in financial debt which would have constantly played on my mind and in turn affected my ability to focus solely on my course.