Honours student Freya Newman awarded University Medal
Bachelor of Communication (Honours) student, Freya Newman, was awarded the prestigious UTS Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
At a graduation ceremony on Thursday morning, Freya Newman was presented with the University Medal, an honour reserved for only the most outstanding undergraduate students each academic year.
Freya was awarded the medal for her Honours thesis on climate-induced heat stress in the NSW building and construction industry. Freya's research explored heat stress as a site of class struggle that is internal to labour relations. Freya developed a case study and designed a survey to better understand how workers' experience of heat stress is mediated by the industrial, social, and political conditions facing labour.
The thesis came about because I was interested in writing something to do with climate change and labour organising. In the early stages of the project, when I was reading through some of the literature, I noticed that most of it framed or understood climate heat as an external issue for labour - I thought there was value in considering the internal relations of climate change in labour.
Bachelor of Communication (Honours) graduate
Recipient of the UTS Medal
Dr Elizabeth Humphrys, Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the School of Communication, supervised Freya's thesis. Dr Humphrys was able to share her expertise in social and labour movements, as well as work related heat stress and climate change.
Freya previously completed a Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Cultural studies) at UTS in 2015. Wanting to develop her scholarly research skills, in 2018 she pursued Honours. Freya is now utilising those skills in two different research roles; the first at an NGO, focusing on climate and labour issues across the ASX, and the second is at UTS as a research assistant with the Climate Justice Research Centre.
At UTS, Freya is working alongside Dr Humphrys on two projects relating to heat stress and labour issues, a topic she now has a wealth of knowledge on.
The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) offers graduates the opportunity to pursue advanced-level study in communication, social sciences, cultural studies and creative arts. It prepares graduates for higher degree research and professional activity. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of scholarship with contemporary issues in society and culture.