2019 Annual Appeal
A Message from the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
I want to personally thank you for your support of the University of New England. Over my nine years here at UNE I have been warmed by the depth of affection that our alumni have for the University and the generosity shown by our supporters and donors. UNE is proud that it makes a big difference in serving the needs of rural Australia, and enables many students to access a tertiary education they may not otherwise have had.
Our University was originally founded to help people living outside capital cities to access a university education wherever they may live and we remain committed to this goal. We want to address the well-known imbalance in educational attainment in regional communities across the country and provide opportunities for all of our students to meet their educational ambitions to the best of their abilities, whether they are straight out of school or later in life.
Our plan is to build on our strengths while taking bold steps to make a significant difference in the communities we serve. We understand that this will require investment by the University and partnerships with government and industry to succeed. However it will be the generosity of individuals such as yourself, who care about the University that will make so much more possible for UNE. Working together we will have the opportunity to facilitate the University’s autonomy and independence while enhancing its ability to support the communities it works within.
I am excited to share with you today, the UNE Discovery Program - a strategy based upon an innovative new approach to outreach, engagement and education within communities across the whole of Northern NSW by the University.
It begins with UNE Voyager, taking Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths (STEAM) activities to classrooms in regional schools across Northern NSW. Voyager provides school kids with exploration and play-based learning which enhance skills beyond content covered in the curriculum. For many of these students this would be an experience that they just would not ever otherwise have. Engaging people in STEAM from a young age not only helps them think differently about science, but encourages inquiry and critical thinking – skills invaluable beyond the classroom and which form the basis for future learning throughout their lives. In 2018 the UNE Voyager program visited 197 schools across regional NSW and over 15,000 students from kindergarten to year 10 participated in the program.
Building on the success of Voyager, we are now embarking on a bold and ambitious project in 2020: The Boilerhouse Discovery Space – which will be the iconic headquarters for the Discovery program. If you studied on campus in Armidale you will be familiar with the old Boilerhouse building above the Northern carpark. It is currently undergoing a transformation which will take this iconic building from our industrial past into an exciting new future – as an early childhood Discovery space introducing young learners to the world of knowledge, ideas and problem solving through innovation. The Boilerhouse will provide opportunities for our region’s children and families to access innovative, cultural and educational experiences in a fun, playful, all-weather environment. The UNE Boilerhouse Discovery Space will be a destination that encourages a love of learning from a young age and the impact of this will be realised for many years to come.
Join us in creating the Boilerhouse, providing transformative opportunities for childhood growth and a love of learning in regional Australia.
Many students come to UNE from disadvantaged backgrounds or are perhaps the first in their family to pursue a tertiary education. We know that scholarships can open doors and allow these students to pursue dreams they did not think possible by removing the economic and financial barriers to further education.
UNE Scholarships supported by donations have assisted the studies of 125 students in 2019 who may not have otherwise been able to attend the University without their assistance.
Your gift to UNE Scholarships can assist people from all walks of life pursue a tertiary education. This can change the trajectory of not only the student’s life, but the lives of their family and community too.
UNE is one of the largest regionally-based research organisations in Australia, and we are very proud of our enduring commitment to supporting regional innovation. Recent results from the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 National Report indicate that UNE continues to perform exceptionally well in research, ranking consistently above or equal to World standard in 24 disciplines last year.
We recognise the importance of pursuing high quality scholarship and scientific enquiry, with the goal of translating this knowledge into tangible outcomes for communities, who or wherever they may be. This priority stems from a longstanding understanding between UNE and the communities we serve to support innovation and improve social outcomes — particularly for rural and regional communities, throughout Australian and the world.
A gift to UNE Research assists us in our pursuit of solutions to complex problems that affect not only rural and regional areas but issues that face us all such as health and wellbeing in rural communities, Climate change and sustainability, and food and water security.
Giving to UNE Priorities will enable the University to address ongoing issues including supporting our student experience through improving built facilities and spaces, student support programs and the campus environment. In 2019 the UNE Priorities Fund has been supporting the UNE Student Emergency Assistance program that helps students when they need it most for financial, health or family emergencies.
Your gift though the UNE Priorities Fund will create a flexible and proactive opportunity for the University to develop proactive responses to issues before they arise.
Professor Annabelle Duncan
Vice-Chancellor and CEO
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