Graduate's extraordinary journey


Wing Commander Gerrard Currie

Wing Commander Gerrard Currie of the Royal Air Force has graduated with a Master of International Security with distinction. 


Wing Commander Gerrard Currie’s (Royal Air Force) journey to New Zealand to graduate with distinction at the May ceremony in Palmerston North could be described as extraordinary.  Not only did he travel over 18,500 km from Belgium to New Zealand specifically to receive his degree in International Security but he overcame the adversity of a significant head injury following a cycling accident in 2016. 

The injury was serious enough to derail Wing Commander Currie from completing his double semester research report to complete his Masters degree. The accident came at the midway point of his research.

With the support of his family and lots of encouragement from Massey, his decision to continue on following a period of rest was a good one on his part.

Having dropped out from an undergraduate programme earlier on in life, there was certainly a significant sense of achievement having completed his studies. 

Gerrard said that “it was important that I made the most of the opportunity that others had put before me. The head injury was a real set back to my progress but my goal to complete the research was a significant driving force in my motivation".

His research explored the lack of cultural understanding in UK forces deploying on operational missions and how developing a more nuanced understanding is likely to bring better outcomes for deploying forces.  He is hopeful that his research might make a difference to the Armed Forces in the UK.

Wing Commander Currie is a graduate of the Royal Brunei Command and Staff College where Massey University delivers a postgraduate programme in International Security.

31 May 2017

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