The Gift - Philanthropy news

The Gift is our biannual philanthropic magazine. Be inspired by the remarkable stories of lives being changed and solutions being discovered thanks to the wonderful generosity of our many supporters who give through the University.

Scholarships and prizes

Wollotuka Institute

News • 26 Apr 2021

PhD scholarship prioritises Indigenous Land Management

Last year’s devastating bushfires prompted calls for a closer look at how Indigenous people have managed the land for generations.

Supporting women in pursuing their dreams

News • 26 Apr 2021

Supporting women in pursuing their dreams

Sarina Zhao is the 2020 recipient of the Valasi Bleazard Memorial Scholarship in Medicine, a scholarship made possible thanks to the generosity of the late Valasi Bleazard who left a gift in the will to support female students at the University of Newcastle. Sarina is currently in the third year of the Joint Medical Program and we caught up with her for an update on her studies and aspirations.

Science scholarship celebrates 100-year legacy

News • 26 Apr 2021

Science scholarship celebrates 100 year legacy

A £100 scholarship one hundred and one years ago sparked a journey that would shape many lives. A century on, University of Newcastle Secretary, alumna and former Deputy Chancellor, Dianne Allen, is proud to honour her grandfather’s passion for education through a new equity scholarship to support students who want to study science

New Scholarship for Indigenous Law Students

News • 14 Sep 2020

New scholarship for Indigenous law students

A new scholarship to help Indigenous students realise their ambition to study law has been launched thanks to the generous support of the Newcastle Bar Association.

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Research and discovery

Saima Firdous Rehman

News • 26 Sep 2021

Gut instincts lead new direction in COPD research

With the gut now regarded as the ‘second brain of the human body’, University of Newcastle researchers have discovered a new connection between gut health and one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

Sarah Stock

News • 26 Apr 2021

Supporting ecological recovery through research

The devastating bushfires of 2019/2020 were estimated by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature to have killed or displaced nearly 3 billion animals across Australia. Gaining a precise picture of the impact will allow for recovery and rehabilitation efforts to concentrate on the most effective strategies.

Next Generation of Researchers Target Better Treatments for Childhood Cancer

News • 14 Sep 2020

Next generation of researchers target better treatments for childhood cancer

The Isabella and Marcus Foundation passionately and tirelessly raises funds to support research into one of the most aggressive childhood cancers. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a devastating paediatric brain tumour that kills more children than any other disease. Only 10% of children with DIPG survive for 2 years following their diagnosis, and less that 1% survive for 5 years. For promising young University of Newcastle researcher Evie Jackson the hope to change that is what drives her forward every day.

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Community

Graduates

News • 26 Apr 2021

Alumni House Design Competition shortlist announced

Excitement is building around plans for an Alumni House to connect our 155,000-strong global alumni physically and digitally and give back to the next generation of students.

Art collections raises funds for students in need

News • 26 Apr 2021

Art collections raises funds for students in need

In celebration of NAIDOC Week (4-11 July 2021), the University Gallery will host an exhibition of artworks from Paul Munro’s collection at Watt Space Gallery.

Innovative Projects Deliver Positive Change

News • 14 Sep 2020

Innovative projects deliver positive change

out(fit), the volunteer collective from the University of Newcastle School of Architecture and Built Environment has been awarded a Landscape Architecture Award for Community Contribution and a Regional Achievement Award in the 2020 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW Awards.

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Leaving a legacy

Illustration of Harold and Gladys Brawn

News • 26 Apr 2021

Brawn fellows leading the world in health research

One man’s desire to honour his wife continues to change the lives of millions of people across Australia and the world.

History of Disease More Relevant Than Ever

News • 14 Sep 2020

History of Disease More Relevant Than Ever

Janet Copley was a tireless political activist and campaigner for social justice in Newcastle and her legacy lives on through the University. She left a generous bequest to support women studying the Arts to attend University, and this has been used in part to establish a doctoral scholarship in her honour. The Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarship is to be awarded preferentially to women applicants who submit a proposal for a high quality project in areas related to: history; autobiography and biography; memoir and historical fiction; labour relations and labour histories; or aspects of Newcastle’s history, society and culture.

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Meet the team

Meet the Team - Jessica Moore

News • 26 Apr 2021

Meet the Team - Jessica Moore

Donor Stewardship and Recognition Officer

Meet the Team - Jemma Bowman

News • 14 Sep 2020

Meet the Team - Jemma Bowman

Donor Stewardship and Recognition Officer

Bec Stone

News • 8 Apr 2020

Meet the Team - Bec Stone

Development Officer, Community Giving and Appeals

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Gift governance

Pen, pencil, phone and computer keyboard with printed graphs on paper

News • 8 Apr 2020

Review of the Year 2019

A look at the impact of your generosity in 2019

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