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In 2017, Matthew Newman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Politics and Business) and received the RSL Sword of Honour for Service.
This week he will graduate with First Class Honours for his thesis.
It’s been a busy four years for the Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant, but Matthew said the UNSW Canberra’s supportive community has made it easier.
“UNSW Canberra is like a family,” he said.
“You develop very strong relationships with all the academic and administrative staff, which imbues a strong sense of belonging and provides clear opportunities for support. Everyone is a friendly face and will be forthcoming in their assistance with your academic requirements.”
Matthew said his third year at UNSW Canberra was particularly challenging as he was dually fulfilling the role of 2I/C of the Corps of Cadets and Midshipmen as a Trainee Officer.
“Despite being extremely busy, that period taught me about time management and taught me the value of a strong work ethic,” he said.
Politics tutorials that fuelled debates about current affairs and contemporary military operations inspired Matthew to delve further into the subject.
His thesis, Climate pragmatism: A comparative study of climate security in the Australian and US Militaries, evidenced that climate responsivity within the military sector was largely driven by tactical and operational pragmatism, rather than strategic level policy.
In 2019, Matthew will post to HMAS Watson to commence his training as a Maritime Warfare Officer in the Navy, but he’s not saying good bye to UNSW Canberra just yet.
“Next year I will also be commencing a PhD in Management at the UNSW Canberra Business School – researching how the ADF has used mindfulness to develop mental resilience.”