Tim Abel (2010) and Dylan Smith (2009)- Rhodes Scholars Elect Class of 2014Date Released: Tue, 8 April 2014 10:06 +0200
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors.
Tim Abel (2010)
Timothy completed his degree, having majored with distinction both in Economics and Instrumental Music Studies. He won the Dean of Students Leadership Award 2013, for leadership, extraordinary extramural achievement and involvement in community engagement. At present Timothy is working as a consultant researcher on the 2013 National Arts Festival Economic Impact Report. Music plays an essential role in his life. He was awarded National Colours for Music, won the Charles Bryars Organ Scholarship in 2012 and has played viola with the National Youth Orchestra since 2011 and with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010. He serves as President of Masincedane Society, a community engagement enterprise which runs soup kitchens, skills workshops and two community gardens. Longer-term Timothy sees himself pursuing an academic career which contributes to broadening the understanding of the mechanisms of economic development.
Dylan Smith (2009)
Dylan completed his degree in Economics in 2012, and is working as a consulting economist to South African, African, International companies and NGOs. Dylan’s work across the continent has crystallised his interest in applying the mechanics of macroeconomics to the emerging problem of sustaining Africa’s growth boom. Dylan was the winner of the 2012 National Budget Speech Essay Competition, the highest open prize in economics in South Africa, and was involved in a number of initiatives that improve access to educational opportunity- primarily through teaching debate and public speaking in the English language to disadvantaged high-school students. Dylan co-founded the Rhodes University Students Economics Forum and Chaired the Rhodes University Debating Society. For relaxation, Dylan balances his love of literature and science fiction with keeping fit. In the long term, Dylan hopes to play an active role in the development and implementation of economic policy reform that will spur Africa's rise to prosperity.