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Bruadarach Medal awarded for efforts keeping our community connected

A gift of alumnus Casey White (2010-2013) and his family, the Bruadarach Medal is awarded to a Burgmann resident who has shown exceptional entrepreneurial spirit in providing an educationally beneficial experience outside of the normal student experience of the Burgmann Residents’ Association.

The 2021 medallists, Benjamin Jefferson and Declan Duncan-Keen, were congratulated at our 50th anniversary Commencement Dinner, recognised for their efforts in 2020 keeping the Burgmann community connected during the pandemic lockdown.

Ben and Declan revived the College radio station, 2RS, in a new incarnation as BurgFM. Supported by a dedicated team, they broadcast a diverse program to Burgmann residents for up to 30 hours per week. Resident presenters hosted a variety of themed shows, from arts to sports, philosophy and even creative writing.

Ben estimates the radio station attracted 17,000 individual listens from an audience of around 200 Burgmann residents.

Resident feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with one telling producers, “I never thought I'd feel this connected to College when I'm so far away”.

‘Bruadarach’ is Scottish Gaelic for ‘visionary’, with the medal’s title paying homage to the Scottish clans from which Casey and his family are descended. Each recipient receives $2000 and recognition on the Bruadarach Honour Shield displayed in the Dining Room Hall. The award is made annually at Commencement.

Read more about the Bruadarach Award

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(L to R) Benjamin Jefferson, Declan Duncan-Keen, Casey's father Gregory White & Casey at Commencement
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