Fred is a proud Aboriginal man from the Butchulla, Kuku Yalanji and Doomadgee communities and is also of Vanuatu heritage. As a Roberta Sykes LSE Scholar, he has completed a MSc Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2019. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Indigenous Studies from the University of Canberra.
Fred spent 27 years in public service before pursuing studies as a mature age student. He aspires to become a writer of Indigenous historic and current events.
UC scholarship recipient sets sights on shared sovereignty, University of Canberra, August 2018
Time for a House of First Nations for Aboriginal Australians, Sydney Morning Herald, Fred Leftwich, August 2017
Family history research success for Fred, AIATSIS, August 2017
I just want to say to future potential students that it is possible and achievable. If you are committed and apply yourself totally you will come through the other side a winner. I think the secret is to adopt a 'project management' approach to the study. It is a full-time job but if you treat it like a full-time job you will learn and achieve.