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Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship Announced

Posted on 05 October 2015

Darryl Jones and Terry PratchettThe estate of the late author Sir Terry Pratchett has announced the establishment of a scholarship for postgraduate students, who will have the opportunity to spend two years studying in both Trinity and the University of South Australia. The scholarship of AU$100,000 (approx. €63,000) will be awarded every two years in perpetuity by the writer’s estate. Winners of the scholarship will spend the first year of their Master’s degree in the University of South Australia, continuing their research at Trinity during their second year.

The English best-selling author, who died in March of this year, had established links with both universities in recent years. His relationship with Trinity began in 2008 when he was conferred with an honorary degree. The collaboration culminated in November 2010 when he joined the university as a Visiting Professor in the School of English, teaching creative writing and popular literature classes to postgraduate students of the School’s MPhil in Creative writing. The author’s achievements were also acknowledged by the University of South Australia, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate last year.

Pratchett suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease and died in March this year. He was made famous by his Discworld series of 39 books and is remembered as the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s.

Professor Darryl Jones (pictured with Pratchett above), Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences praised the announcement of the scholarship and declared it to be “a fitting tribute to a wonderful writer and a remarkable man”, adding that Pratchett’s “wit, his warmth, his intelligence…and his humanity” made him “an unforgettable friend and colleague”.

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