McCready Appeal

The A.G. & I.C. McCready Lectureship in Ancient Greek Language
Fundraising Appeal 2019

The University of New England invites you to make a tax-deductible donation to support the establishment of the A.G. and I.C. McCready Lectureship in Ancient Greek Language. This endowed lectureship will provide for a specialist role at the University who will concentrate upon teaching and researching ancient Greek Languages.

The Classics have always been amongst the subjects on offer at UNE since the first group of students started at the New England University College in Booloominbah during 1938, one of the few regional universities to offer these core subjects.

The Humanities have always been amongst the most popular courses offered by the University which thousands of students have studied and learned here on-campus and online. Around the world the importance of studying in this field has recently been reassessed and reaffirmed with many modern employers now seeking people who know how to creatively look at and solve problems or issues. Today Classics and Ancient History is offered by the UNE Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education (HASSE) and remains as relevant and important as ever to new generations of students.

Globalisation, rapid technological developments and structural changes in the economy have meant the demands of the modern workforce are changing. This report finds that Humanities education and research has a fundamental role to play in understanding how our society and economy can adapt to these changes, in creating future value, and in helping individuals gain rewarding employment.

The value of the Humanities - Deloitte Access Economics Report 2018

The overall target for the McCready Appeal is $1,500,000. The funds donated will be invested by the UNE Foundation so that the income generated supports the ongoing costs of the lectureship including the lecturer’s salary. To date the Appeal has received a leadership donation of $300,000 from Mr Wai Kwum Lam and his wife Pansy Lam, this has been supported with other donations and by consolidating existing funds so that we now have almost $500,000 in the McCready account to commence the Appeal. With your support and assistance we will raise the remaining $1,000,000 to reach our target so that UNE can start recruiting for the role of A.G. and I.C. McCready Lecturer in Ancient Greek in 2020-2021.

Building on the McCready legacy

Alfred Glen McCreadyAlfred Glen McCready (1916-1996) was a lecturer who taught classical languages at the University of New England from 1958-76. Growing up in northern Queensland he was an accomplished student who went on to study at the University of Queensland where he was a Classics Gold Medallist. There he met his wife Irene Catherine (1926-2003) also a Classics Gold Medallist. Both were passionate about ancient cultures and languages and highly active members of the local Armidale community where Irene taught Latin at NEGS and organized classes in Modern Greek for students from Greek and Cypriot families. McCready (‘Mac’) was well regarded by his colleagues and students at UNE and after his death in 1996 Irene was instrumental in establishing the A.G. & I.C. McCready Fund to support the work of UNE’s Museum of Antiquities in making the UNE’s outstanding collections accessible to visitors, students and researchers. This appeal will honour their memory through the creation of a new teaching role at UNE.


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