Making An Impact
The hallmarks of a great university are its support for independent thinking, quality teaching and innovative research, and the accessibility of its teaching to all students, no matter their background, geographical location and financial situation. These characteristics are often made possible through the support of donors and supporters who have the vision to make a commitment to the future of education. The quality of the support we receive at the University of New England makes it possible for our University to have an impact far beyond our size or regional location.
It has been a tumultuous year for the higher education sector, and one which has demonstrated once again the importance of philanthropic and alumni support for the work being done at UNE, especially in the field of research. Every dollar we receive from our donors helps us to provide our researchers with the certainty, continuity and stability they need to see through long term projects across a range of diverse fields.
On behalf of the University, I would like to thank those people who have demonstrated leadership by giving generously to initiate innovative new projects and activities here at UNE, including:
- Philanthropist Christopher Abbott who is enabling the reinvention of the old UNE Boilerhouse as an experiential children’s learning and play space that will help us to provide a true lifelong Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEAM) learning opportunity to the young people and their families in our region;
- The Lam family in Hong Kong who were so inspired by their lifelong friendship with UNE lecturer Alfred McCready that they have made a major donation to support UNE establishing a new specialist lectureship in Classical Greek Language in honour of his memory;
- Business man and farmer Matthew Irwin, a UNE Alumni and donor who is sharing his extensive knowledge and commercial expertise with our founders as the chair of the Advisory Committee of the UNE Smart Regional Incubator;
- The Perpetual Foundation who are funding the development of a new mobile laboratory to assist with diagnosis and study of Parkinson’s disease across regional NSW.
The support that UNE receives from across our community enables students to receive a university education that may have initially seemed impossible, through a variety of scholarships and other financial opportunities.
On behalf of UNE, I thank you for your support and invite you to make an impact through your commitment to our University. Your support will continue to grow in importance as we create a new future for UNE, our students and community through our UNE 2025 Strategy.
Professor Annabelle Duncan
Vice Chancellor and CEO