National Council of Women awards three future leaders

Students making an impact in music, law and pharmacology

Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Alexis Weaver is one of three University of Sydney students recently recognised by the National Council of Women NSW for their significant achievements.

Each year the National Council of Women (NCW) of NSW works with universities across the state to identify high achieving women from all areas of study. University of Sydney students Alexis Weaver, Madeleine Causbrook and Casey Gallagher were three of twelve women awarded for their academic industriousness, resilience and dedication at the 2018 National Council of Women of NSW Australia Day Awards. In her address, NCW NSW President Annie Kiefer said, “we stand in awe of the exciting achievements, the dedication and devotion shown, as well as the diversity of their chosen fields”.

Students were nominated for the award by academic staff and, once selected, invited to attend a lunch at Parliament House, Sydney with their academic mentor.

“Having encouragement and mentorship is vital for women at the beginning of their career,” Alexis Weaver said.

“It is essential that young artists and creators see people like themselves in the field, and that only happens through having accessible, visible female role models.”

Alexis Weaver is an electroacoustic composer, manipulating recordings to create music and soundscapes. Having finished her Bachelor of Music (Composition) with honours in 2017 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Alexis is looking forward to commencing her Masters this year.

“This award, sponsored by the Women’s Club, is a vote of confidence in the work I have done in my honours year and of what I will do in the future. It will take some of the financial pressure off while I commence my studies and could allow me to buy sound equipment, study resources, or support travel,” Alexis said.

Alongside her creative pursuits, Alexis is an advocate of gender equality in the music industry. Under the supervision of Professor Liza Lim, she undertook a study which delved into gender visibility within the field of Australian electroacoustic composition. She plans to continue this research project in her postgraduate studies to address the gender imbalance across the music industry and to generate a greater awareness of the contributions of female composers.

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