Why I Give: Anne Swan's Story

Monday, 20 September 2021

“I am a great believer in access to education, especially for women. It can be empowering and transformative. The scholarships offered by the University can make tertiary education a reality, not just a dream, for young women in our region.

Anne Swan and her family
Anne (Master of Environmental Management 2016; Bachelor of Environmental Science 2011), Zachary (Bachelor of Arts 2020), Glenn, Lachlan and Georgia

My association with the University goes back to the 1980s when my mum worked in the printing department. I would visit her when I was on campus. When I came back to study again, I was a mum with three kids and a full-time job. Many things had changed in 20 years, but the parking woes (and the mosquitos) remained the same!

I'll never forget the dedication of my lecturers and tutors – they wanted to see their students succeed. One of my favourites was our statistics lecturer. He brought that dry subject to life with props, audience participation and real-life examples. I managed a credit (much to my surprise) largely due to his unorthodox lecturing style and a fantastic tutor.

All three of my children have or are currently studying at the University of Newcaslte. I love that we have a world class facility locally so that they can continue to live at home and have family support while pursuing their dreams."

Anne Swan

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