Gift Impact

A tradition of giving stretching back to the University’s earliest days has enriched research and teaching, as individuals and families have invested in the subjects and programs they care about most deeply. Private financial support increases access to educational opportunity for those who might otherwise miss out, and assists researchers and students to strive for excellence. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is deeply grateful to have been the beneficiary of many generous gifts.

From fierce feminist films to drawings that beautify housing estates: Australian artists are bringing their work to the world, with help from a residency that provides the time and space to focus on big ideas.

For the love of Japanese Language and Literature

Honorary Associate Professor Sakuko Matsui has dedicated her life’s work to the study of Japanese language and literature, and is extending this through her giving.

Creating a lifetime love of literature

High school students who might never have thought about going to university are changing their minds thanks to the Widening Participation in English program, in partnership with the Nelson Meers Foundation, that demystifies tertiary study and brings the arts and humanities to life.

Donation supports lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is set to expand its expertise in Buddhist Studies with the appointment of Dr Jim Rheingans to a new lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism.

Advancing Australia's understanding of China

Established as a result of a very significant endowment from Hong Kong-based alumnus, James Goon Nam Lee BSc ’63, BE(Elec) ’65, the Chair of Chinese Culture will be a critical part of the Department of Chinese Studies as the University continues to deepen both its teaching and learning in this vitally important area.

Generous $1.5M boost for languages and cultures at Sydney

The University has long been an active player in the international educational arena. Today, these global connections and perspectives are more important and relevant than ever. It’s a source of great encouragement therefore that, in the past half year, the Faculty’s mission to help Australia reach out to and better understand the world by providing rich and diverse programs in languages and cultures has been boosted by nearly $1.5M in philanthropic donations.

Crowdfunding campaign raises $10k for Refugee Language Program

The generosity of 143 donors has helped to raise over $10,000 towards funding free language classes, mentoring and social activities for refugees.

  • Nelson Meers Foundation - Leadership support of the Widening Participation project has assisted the Department of English long-term outreach program to inspire passionate students from local low SES (Socioeconomic Status) schools to study the subject.
  • Equity Scholarships in History - Anonymous donation of $150,000 establishing the Equity Scholarships in History, targeting prospective students wanting to study a major in history.
  • The Gwen & David Moore Aboriginal Scholarship - thanks to a visionary testamentary trust worth over $850,000 in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying a major in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, or Sociology, with a focus on Aboriginal Heritage and Australian Pre-History.
  • Kenneth Reed, AM - A gift and bequest from Kenneth Reed, AM which will benefit postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships in English Studies - to the tune of $4.5M.
Mr Kenneth Reed
  • John Whitehouse - Also an Arts / Law graduate – is making in Sydney’s exciting new Ancient North African and Phoenician Diaspora research network, and that alumna Sabrina Snow has made to sustain emerging scholarship in Asian art history. Other inspirational examples could be cited.
  • David Harold Tribe Prize for Fiction - Novelist and poet John A. Scott won the 2014 David Harold Tribe Prize for Fiction, part of a suite of five donated awards, several of which are within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Sir Hermann Black Professor in Economics - Professor John Romalis is the first academic to hold the title of the Sir Hermann Black Professor in Economics, thanks to a very generous bequest.
  • The Merenda Scholarships - Frances Merenda dedicated her life to migrant welfare. At the beginning of 2009 she established to promote the study of Italian languages and culture, by giving students the opportunity to travel to Italy to pursue further study or research.
  • The William Ritchie Professor of Classics - The study of languages, literature, philosophy and civilization within the Department of Classics and Ancient History is receiving critical support thanks to a bequest from the late Professor Bill Ritchie.
  • The Tom Austen Brown Fund For Pre-History - In 2011, Tom Austen Brown’s generous lifetime gifts culminated in his visionary bequest creating The Tom Austen Brown Fund For Pre-History, valued at close to $9 million. At a time when the Faculty is receiving more gifts than ever before, from those who strongly appreciate the value and impact of its academic programs, it is hugely encouraging when especially farsighted donors decide to provide transformational support through a bequest.
  • The Faculty is proud and grateful to report that it has been included in the estates of several alumni and friends. Mr John Gilbert, a loyal supporter of archaeology, cultural programs and the Fisher Library, bequeathed an extraordinarily generous $1.8M for scholarships and grants for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This endowed gift also provides financial assistance for travel including visits to libraries and archives, critical as students hone their research and scholarship. Ms Eulalia Hsu bequeathed over $100,000 to establish The Raymond Hsu Scholarship, providing support for postgraduate research in Chinese studies, literature and linguistics. Most spectacularly, alumna Miss Janet Hine, BA ’47, gifted $4M for the University. Her legacy will be used to establish a Chair in the Faculty in a relevant area of the humanities and social sciences for the new Charles Perkins Centre, which has been created to help tackle the challenges of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in new and radically cross-disciplinary ways. We know that obesity and diabetes, for example, are as much cultural and political challenges as they are biomedical ones. Read more about Miss Hine’s extraordinary generosity in this Challis Bequest Society article.