June 2015 | Meitheamh 2015

UCD Lecturer Attends Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 50th Anniversary Event

Wed, 3 June 15 17:30

Since 1965, over 5,000 people have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are widely shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation. For many people a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things - effecting positive change within society. UCD Radipgraphy Lecturer Dr Micheal Davis, herself a Travelling Fellowship recipient, recently attended an event staged to mark the 50th anniversary of the Trust.

Dr Davis went on her Travelling Fellowship in 2008 to New Zealand to investigate the Radiographer’s role when imaging children with suspected Non Accidental Injury. Since then she has contributed to policies and guidelines both in the Uk and Republic of Ireland on this topic which have been  distributed to over 22, 000 Radiographers across both countries. Michaela is one  of the founding members of the Irish Branch of the British Association of the Society for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, (BASPCAN).

Over 1000 Fellows and their guests, from every decade since 1965 attended the day, which was hosted by the Duke of Marlborough’s sister – Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, who is herself a generational cousin of Sir Winston, and a member of the WCMT Advisory Council. Members of the Churchill family, including Sir Winston’s grandson Jeremy Soames; and his great-grandson, Randolph, were also present; as well as many of the Trustees and Advisory Council from the WCMT. Highlights of the day included presentations given by Fellows from 1968 to 2014, about how their Fellowship has shaped their lives and careers. Internationally acclaimed Churchill experts, including historian Sir David Cannedine, also gave talks.

To mark its half century, the Trust has awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships in 2015 – investing over £1.3m in British citizens. This year’s Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is 6 weeks.