Leave a gift in your will
Leaving a gift in your will is your opportunity to create something with personal meaning and resonance.
Giving is about making a real, tangible impact in the world. It could be life-giving or life-changing. Either way, the impact will be felt for generations.
Now, more than ever, the world needs education and research. Leaving a bequest through the University of Newcastle could fund life-changing research that touches the lives of many. It could put education within reach for those who struggle to gain access to it. It could provide state-of-the-art teaching, learning, and research facilities, or fund many other university projects.
Ways to give
The University has been entrusted with donations from our local and global community for more than fifty years. With a growing number of supporters each year, together we are changing lives.
To us, every gift is unique and we appreciate each and every gift. When you become a donor, we make time to understand what matters most to you. That way, we can help you spark a change you truly believe in.
Change their tomorrow. Today.
When you leave a gift in your will through the University of Newcastle, you become a driving force in changing students’ lives. Through our scholarship program, your bequest could open up possibilities for those who might have all the talent, but sometimes lack the means and support to explore and develop it. By enabling our future leaders to pursue their potential, you are also positively impacting all the lives they go on to change.
When you leave a gift in your will through the University of Newcastle, you are enabling the transformative innovation that comes from students, researchers, faculty and industry partners collaborating towards a shared purpose. Your bequest could contribute to helping us fulfil our commitment to take on research that matters to our communities and the world and bring our global expertise back home.
Your support could enable discoveries that shape a thriving future.
Transforming our spaces.
Our spaces bring people together and spark electrifying conversations. They build powerful connections and foster world-changing collaborations.
When you leave a gift in your will through the University of Newcastle, you shape an environment where our students, faculty, and staff are inspired to change the world. Labs where groundbreaking research fundamentally alters our perspectives. Galleries where art challenges us to confront our culture. Innovation centres where researchers and industry partners combine, collaborate, and catalyse ideas that will shape our future.
You make it possible for us to unite in our purpose to change lives and to make the world a better, more equitable place.
Enriching our communities.
Innovative thinking can enrich communities, rejuvenate cities and save lives. When you leave a gift in your will through the University of Newcastle you help seed the innovations that will change our world, for good.
Change and uncertainty are our new normal. The University of Newcastle Endowment Fund was created to provide a sustainable source of funds to help the University to adjust and thrive in a world of continual change and disruption. Donations to this fund support any projects that advance the University in its work, with the goal of enriching and strengthening our communities.
Aspiring doctors and nurses from regional and remote areas will have greater opportunity to fulfil their career aspirations thanks to new scholarships being offered by the University of Newcastle.
How to leave a gift in your will
If you are considering the University of Newcastle in your will, know that we are here to help you set change in motion.
It is your story and your legacy, so it is important that you get the chance to do it your way. We’d like to harness that wish, so it can have the greatest impact beyond your lifetime.
If you would like to discuss your wishes or have any questions regarding a gift in your will, please contact Maria Pavela, Development Manager (Bequests) on 02 4921 8612 or via email
We recommend that you discuss your plans with your family and legal advisor. We can also support you as you document your wishes. For example, some suggested bequest wording and a summary of key definitions are provided below.
There are many options for making a bequest to the University, some of which include:
- Residual: The remainder or residue of your estate after providing for family and friends, and all debts and charges have been cleared.
- Percentage: A percentage of the remainder or residue of your estate once all gifts, debts and charges have been cleared.
- Pecuniary: A fixed amount of money.
- Specific: A specific item or asset, which may be money, real estate, investments (e.g. shares, bonds or deposits), works of art, collectibles, life insurance proceeds or personal effects.
Making a bequest to the University of Newcastle is as simple as including wording such as the following examples in your will. If you already have a will and would like to update it with a gift to the University of Newcastle, we can provide appropriate wording for a codicil.
General purpose gift
I give [insert gift details here]* to The University of Newcastle of University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308 ABN 15 736 576 735 ('the University') for the general purposes of the University. I declare the receipt of the University will be sufficient discharge of my executors.
Educational and research purposes gift
I give [insert gift details here]* to The University of Newcastle of University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308 ABN 15 736 576 735 ('the University') for the advancement of education and research at the University but without creating any binding trust. I declare the receipt of the University will be sufficient discharge of my executors.
Faculty or school gift
I give [insert gift details here]* to The University of Newcastle of University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308 ABN 15 736 576 735 ('the University') for research, learning and teaching, and engagement at the University but without creating any binding trust. I express the wish that if practicable this gift be applied towards research, learning and teaching in [insert name of discipline or area of study]. I declare the receipt of the University will be sufficient discharge of my executors.
Nominating a non-binding specific purpose
I give [insert dollar amount] ('the gift') to The University of Newcastle of University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308 ABN 15 736 576 735 (‘the University’) to invest the money and use the capital and income earned to support [insert purpose] ('the stated purpose'). The gift is to be known as 'The [insert title] Gift'. The University may invest the gift and may determine how capital and investment income are spent in order to fulfil the stated purpose. If at any time the University determines that it is impossible or impracticable to carry out the stated purpose then the University may apply the income and capital of the gift for such purpose as the University determines most closely accords with the stated purpose. This gift shall not be construed as creating any trust binding upon the University. I declare that the receipt of the University will be a full discharge to my executors and they will not be bound to see to its application.
Please note the above clauses are just some examples of the options available. Please contact us if the above clauses do not exactly address what it is you are wanting to achieve. We have other clauses which may be more appropriate if you are looking to support a specific activity such as to create a prize or scholarship, donate assets or to establish a charitable trust. And we are happy to review clauses to confirm we will be able to honour intent.
You may find useful the following terms relating to bequests.
Administration of a deceased estate: Following the terms of a will to ensure the instructions and intentions of the deceased person are followed in order to dispose of or deal with their estate.
Beneficiaries: The person or persons named in a will who will receive assets from the deceased estate.
Bequest: The process of gifting personal property through a will. Sometimes also referred to as a legacy.
Codicil: An additional document (signed in the same way as a will in order to be valid) which is used to make a minor change to the terms of an existing will.
Deceased estate: All the assets (which may include bank accounts, real estate, investments, works of art, collectibles, life insurance proceeds, jewellery, furniture and clothing) a person owns in their sole name when they die.
Executor: The person or persons, institution or entity appointed under the terms of the will to manage, administer and finalise a deceased estate in accordance with the will.
Probate : A process by which the will or a document alleged to be the will of a deceased person, is proven to be valid according to law.
Nurturing your gift with respect and integrity
The University is grateful to have been entrusted with gifts in wills and donations from our local and global community for more than 50 years.
We have a growing number of supporters changing lives by giving through the University each year. We are very grateful for every gift and take our responsibility to nurture your gift and deliver on your wishes most seriously.
The acceptance and management of gifts to the University of Newcastle are subject to our gift governance framework, and are overseen by our Gift Governance Committee. This process ensures that the use, investment and distribution of philanthropic gifts is respectful, consistent and transparent, and maximises the effectiveness of your gift in delivering on your intent.
Eric Sansom’s personal heartache at the death of his son Neville at a young age was the catalyst for his generous decision to leave a bequest to the University of Newcastle.
When Roy Palmer and his wife Marie bought their slowly regenerating bush block at Broke in 1978, they found the greatest asset it had was its ability to grow 'tranquillity'.
Frances Doherty remembers her father as a humble man with a strong sense of social justice, whose activism to bring change for Indigenous students had an indelible impact on the University’s history.
Janet Copley was a tireless political activist and campaigner for social justice in Newcastle and her legacy lives on through the University of Newcastle. She left a generous bequest to support women studying at university, and this has been used in part to establish a doctoral scholarship in her honour.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.