Sir Victor Burley was one of Tasmania’s most celebrated engineers. He graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Engineering and went on to guide numerous innovative developments as well as playing significant roles in business and education.
He oversaw the development of the ground-breaking chocolate manufacturing process at Cadbury’s Claremont factory, was Chairman of the National Council of the CSIRO and a director of the Productivity Council of Australia. He was president of the Tasmania University Union in his student days and retained a lifelong involvement in tertiary education – serving as warden of Convocation; as director of the University’s research company; and as a member of the both Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Faculty of Engineering. As foundation chairman of the Tasmanian Council of Advanced Education, Sir Victor was instrumental in the establishment of the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education which was later amalgamated with the University of Tasmania.
Sir Victor’s family has endowed this scholarship in his name to encourage the development of innovation and talent in engineering students.
Awarded to a student who has successfully completed first year of the Bachelor of Engineering, or a combined degree in Engineering. The student must demonstrate innovation, creativity and potential in the field of engineering as evidenced by overall performance in in the units taught by the School of Engineering during the first year of study.