News Release

REF NO.: 174

SUBJECT: Memorial University names 2015 Rothermere Fellow

DATE: June 11, 2015

Memorial University alumnus Sean Fleming is the 2015 recipient of the Rothermere Fellowship, one of the most highly regarded and lucrative scholarships offered by Memorial.

A 2012 honours graduate of the Faculty of Arts, Mr. Fleming will pursue a PhD in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom beginning this fall.

“It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to represent my home province and home university in the United Kingdom,” said Mr. Fleming, 24, a native of St. John’s, N.L., who also holds a master’s degree from the University of Calgary. “The Rothermere Fellowship is a great honour. It is also wonderful to be able to focus on my research without financial worries.”

Established by Lord Rothermere, the first chancellor of Memorial University, the fellowship is currently valued at roughly £16,000 (about $30,000), plus university fees and certain other expenses such as return air travel to the United Kingdom. The fellowship assists students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at Memorial, and have completed or are about to complete a master’s degree either at Memorial or another university in North America, who want to continue their studies at a university of their choice in the United Kingdom. One award is made each year by the Rothermere Fellowships Trust on the recommendation of the president of Memorial.

An avid political science observer and aspiring international relations scholar, Mr. Fleming’s research is in the area of international relations and the concept of state responsibility.

“My thesis will examine why, and under which conditions, we ought to hold whole countries responsible for the actions of their officials,” he explained. “My primary interest is in collective responsibility – the practice of holding groups responsible for the actions of individuals.”

Mr. Fleming says he credits Memorial University for helping prepare him for the next chapter of his academic career.

“I owe a great deal of my success to Memorial. My time there prepared me exceptionally well for graduate school and for the rest of life,” he noted. “I will forever be grateful to Memorial and I will use my education to give back, however I can.”

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