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.

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.

Why I Give

News • 14 Sep 2020

Why I Give

Kevin Hoffman and Sahibajot Kaur

News • 3 Sep 2019

Designing the Future of Human-Kind(ness)

Sahibajot Kaur won the 2018 Commissioner K. G. Hoffman Prize in Urban Design, generously established by alumnus Kevin Hoffman. She is now shaping the future of our cities as an architecture graduate.

Dr Benj Tarsh

News • 8 Apr 2019

Support for Brilliant International Medical Students

Dr Benj Tarsh has decided to leave a gift in his will to the University of Newcastle to assist other international students who share his passion to help others.

Baraya Records' Kat Waria and Jacob Ridgeway

News • 27 Sep 2018

Generosity launches countless careers in music

We don’t know much about the heroine of this story – a little about her family and their love of music – but we do know that her generosity will change the lives of many talented musicians and performing artists whose careers will owe much to Mrs Betty Dobrianskyj.

Janet Copley and others on International Women's Day

News • 1 Mar 2018

A Lifetime of Community Service Continues

The extraordinary life of Janet Copley is celebrated through a generous gift to support women’s education, community engagement and social issues.

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.