Staff Giving

Staff who make their mark

Many of our staff and conjoints have gone above and beyond to make a real difference in transforming the lives of our students and researchers.

At UON we have several ways you can support our students and researchers including donating to our biannual appeals, giving a one-off donation and participating in our payroll giving program.

Biannual appeals: Twice a year we ask the UON community (including alumni, students, staff and conjoints, businesses and friends of the University) to consider supporting our students and researchers through donations.

Payroll giving: This is a voluntary mechanism through which you – our staff and conjoints – can make gifts to support the University’s projects and priorities that are important to you, including equity programs, scholarships, awards, prizes and research. It's your choice.

One-off donation: You can also make a one-off gift at any time that is convenient for you. You will still have to freedom to select any fund you wish to donate to by using this secure online donation form.

Participating in the payroll giving program is a simple and effective way for you to make regular philanthropic gifts tax-efficiently. Automatic fortnightly payroll deductions – you choose the amount; anything from $2 – from your pre-tax salary means you receive the benefit of an immediate tax deduction. Join payroll giving today.

Benefits when you participate in the payroll giving program include:

  • supporting a cause that you care about
  • knowing that 100% of your donation goes to the fund(s) that you select
  • spreading your donations over the year, rather than making a larger one-off donation
  • making tax time a lot easier as your donations are taken out of your pre-tax salary, giving you automatic tax relief and removing the need to keep receipts for your annual tax returns

You can support any UON fund you choose, including (for example):

  • scholarships, awards and prizes that support academically capable and dedicated students who are facing hardship or challenges that make it difficult for them to complete their studies
  • research and discovery programs
  • endowments that fund research important to the community, invest in infrastructure to enrich the University and the city, or support disadvantaged students
  • outreach programs for school students to experience aspects of study they would not usually see in their school environment.

It’s your choice!

Anne-Maree BoxMs Anne-Maree Box

Business Analyst
IT, Resources Division
Donates to the Research & Discovery Fund

As an individual with paid work at the University I like to give something back to UON’s priority projects and also support the community. The projects funded through the Research & Discovery fund contribute to giving local people work and provide opportunities to change the world through their research. It’s so easy to have the donation deducted from my pay.

Ms Tanille ElleyMs Tanille Elley

School Executive Officer
School of Education,
Faculty of Education and Arts

Donates to the Glen Avery Memorial
Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund

I give to honour Glen's memory. There's been trivia nights, raffles etc. It's a great sense of community to honour someone and do good while doing it. Any group of staff can do it if they see an area of need or a meaningful cause. It was made so easy for us to give to the scholarship. We knew how much Glen was into the arts so it seemed fitting. We give what we can. You don't even miss it.

Professor Geoff EvansProfessor Geoff Evans

School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Donates to the Shaping Futures
Scholarship Fund

I received information in the mail about the University's Annual Appeal and was delighted to receive it and see that the University has taken on such an initiative. I thought this is just fantastic; this really is a meaningful thing. The whole concept of the University doing something for the disadvantaged students is brilliant. As a staff member I am passionate about this worthwhile cause.

Ms Libbie FordenMs Libbie Forden

Web Content and Audit Officer
Marketing and Communications,
Vice-Chancellor’s Division

Donates to the Shaping Futures
Scholarship Fund

A scholarship can make to real difference to a student’s life. It can set them on a path to success, not just in their career but in the other aspects of their life. They know that someone saw something in them, and that in itself is worth so much more than just the dollar value of a scholarship. I want to enable students with potential but who may have barriers. The staff giving program was really easy to get into. It took me two minutes to fill out the form and the rest is taken care of.

Professor John O'ConnorProfessor John O'Connor

Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Donates to the Endowment Fund

I don't notice the money coming out of my salary. It doesn't have to be a lot. If a lot of people contribute, small amounts build up. The other reason I donate is because I know the University well. I know what it does and think it worth supporting. I also think that there is a need there. It's something I always wanted to do.

Associate Professor Suzanne RyanAssociate Professor Suzanne Ryan

Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
Donates to the R A Ryan Memorial Prize
for Organisational Behaviour

I set up this prize in honour of my mother Rachel Ann Ryan. I've also always had a very strong feeling that the University of Newcastle has given me a life and a career and I should give back to it. The best way to give back is through our students.

How do I participate in payroll giving?

It’s quick, easy and secure to sign up for payroll giving here. You choose the fund(s) for your gift and Payroll Services do the rest!

How do I change or cancel my participation?

If you already participate in payroll giving and want to change the amount you donate or the fund(s) you support, or cancel your participation, complete the online form here. It’s quick, easy and secure.

What happens at tax time?

As UON’s payroll giving program is pre-tax, you will already have received the tax benefit for your donations throughout the year. The amount you have donated will be shown on your Payment Summary under “Workplace Giving: Newcastle University”.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have queries on payroll giving at UON please contact Payroll Services at or Human Resources at

Thank you