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

Professor Alan Roberts gives a tour of TUNRA for four recent scholarship recipients

News • 20 Sep 2021

Engineering legend inspires next generation

When alumnus Mr CHOO Heng Thong (Bachelor of Engineering 1977) graduated from the University of Newcastle he had been forever impacted by the leadership and friendship of leading engineering educator Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts AM.

Family-inspired scholarships focus on the future

News • 26 Apr 2021

Family-inspired scholarships focus on the future

A new scholarship to help students with caregiving responsibilities fulfil their academic and career aspirations has been set up to honour the legacy of a wonderful carer and lifelong learner.

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.

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Research and discovery

Saima Firdous Rehman

News • 7 Jun 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

A digital design of the planned Alumni House building

News • 20 Sep 2021

A place for connection, conversation and celebration

Congratulations to the winners of the Alumni House design competition Durbach Block Jaggers Architects teaming up with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Cox Inall Ridgeway, Surface Design and Northrop! The team have developed this truly inspiring concept that, when built, will be an exceptional home for our global alumni and wider community and an iconic landmark within the Newcastle CBD.

Georgia thanks donors for making a difference in her life as a scholarship recipient

News • 20 Sep 2021

Shaping futures scholarship and 2NURFM appeal impact

Our Mid-Year Shaping Futures Scholarship Appeal saw an overwhelming response from our staff, alumni and community who collectively and very generously donated over $150,000!

Gifting Day

News • 20 Sep 2021

Gifting Day 2022

It’s a gift to bring together passionate people who make our world a better place.

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Leaving a legacy

The late Vera Deacon OAM standing in front of a collection of books at the University's Special Collections office

News • 20 Sep 2021

Vale Vera Deacon: celebrating regional history

Vera Deacon OAM (1926 – 2021) brought Newcastle’s history to life.Vera Deacon left an indelible mark on her beloved city of Newcastle and most certainly the University of Newcastle. Vera tirelessly championed the safeguarding of our region's history and shared her stories and passions with many.

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.

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Meet the team

Photo of Vaida who is a staff member at the University

News • 20 Sep 2021

Meet the Team - Vaida Shaw

Fundraising Officer (Community Giving)

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

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Gift governance

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News • 26 Apr 2021

Review of the Year 2020

In 2020, our amazing community gave a record amount of philanthropic support to assist students, researchers and community programs at the University of Newcastle.

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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