Igniting timeless curiosity

through scholarships, educational partnerships and events

The Ramsay Centre was established in 2017 through an extraordinary endowment by businessman and philanthropist the late Paul Ramsay AO. We work with universities to support imaginative, thoughtful, inquisitive young Australians to gain a deeper understanding of our civilisation.

Since its inception the Centre has forged three AU$50million eight year partnerships with Australian universities to offer degrees in Western Civilisation, as well as offering hundreds of undergraduate scholarships.

We have also established a Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship scheme – already one of Australia’s most prestigious programs after only four years – and we produce highly-acclaimed lectures and podcasts featuring prominent international and local speakers.

Dr Martin Fahy appointed new CEO

Sydney, Wednesday 22 May 2024: The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Martin Fahy as its new CEO.

The appointment follows an extensive domestic and international search, following the decision earlier this year by Professor Simon Haines to step down as CEO.

Dr Fahy has had an extensive executive career, including recent roles as a strategy consultant and CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia. He holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland and is a former academic and Fulbright Senior Scholar.

Ramsay Centre Chairman the Hon John Howard OM AC congratulated Dr Fahy on his appointment and thanked outgoing CEO Professor Simon Haines.

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Undergraduate Scholar in focus: Nick Long

By Emilie Ng, Australian Catholic University

For Nick Long, the relationship between the arts and law is central to his pursuit to be a great lawyer.

The Ramsay Scholarship recipient for Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Western civilisation program is halfway through his Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws.

Having loved English as a teenager, the double degree combines his passion for literature with a growing commitment to public service and the law.

“Coming from the liberal arts focus of my degree, I’m studying particular subjects like literature and politics, which are often quite broad topics, and we’re often reading the works of great thinkers from a millennia ago like Homer, Plato, Augustine,” said Nick.

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The Ramsay Centre runs a Public Outreach Program that features Ramsay Lectures, an annual Symposium and the Ramsay Writers Series.

Ramsay – Campion Great Books Podcast Series

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Ramsay – Campion Great Books Podcast – Series 2 – 2023

  • Episode 1 Shakespeare’s King Lear – Part 1
  • Episode 2 Shakespeare’s King Lear – Part 2
  • Episode 3 Shakespeare’s Othello – Part 1
  • Episode 4 Shakespeare’s Othello – Part 2
  • Episode 5 Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – Part 1
  • Episode 6 Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – Part 2
  • Episode 7 Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (or What You Will) – Part 1
  • Episode 8 Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (or What You Will) – Part 2