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Scholarships’ lasting value: sometimes it IS rocket science

In 2006, the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Scholarship recipient Dr Justin Hardi graduated with a double degree in science and aerospace engineering from the University of Adelaide. Today, Justin leads the Combustion Dynamics Group at the Institute of Space Propulsion of Germany’s national aeronautics and space research centre. “It’s my dream job,” Justin […]

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University Medical Orchestra prescribes philanthropy

The Adelaide University Medical Orchestra (AUMO) was always going to be exceptional. When established in 2008, it was the world’s first single-faculty medical orchestra. Today, it comprises a diverse group of more than 200 University of Adelaide medical students, forming nearly a dozen music, art and dance ensembles. But it’s the organisation’s philanthropy that truly […]

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Dr Bill Wallace and Lyn Mackay in costume as Mr and Mrs Waite on the lawns of Urrbrae House

Celebrating our volunteers

We cannot thank the University’s inspiring community of volunteers enough. With numbers growing by more than 150 in 2017, a total of 2,801 selfless individuals gave a combined 69,826 hours of their time in support of our many education and research-related endeavours. This is the equivalent of a staggering $2.8 million worth of volunteer time. […]

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Gift secures world-renowned international orthodontic professors

Three years ago, the Adelaide Dental School launched the Milton Sims Visiting Professorship to enable our postgraduate students to learn from the most esteemed orthodontic educators and researchers in the world. At that stage, the initiative’s long-term funding was uncertain. Now, thank to an incredibly generous bequest from alumnus Dr Paul Kwok Lee, its continuity […]

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Former scholarship recipient passing opportunity forward

Alastair McEwin was born deaf. He was also, it seems, born to lead. In 1994, he graduated from the University of Adelaide, deeply grateful for the support he’d received through the Sir Charles Bright Scholarship. Now, having risen to the position of Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, he’s giving others with a disability the same opportunity […]

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Investing in the future of health care

The University proudly opened its stunning new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building in February 2017, the culmination of nearly three years’ planning, design and construction. Housing more than 1,600 students and 600 researchers, it’s a truly world-class facility. We owe this achievement, in no small part, to the incredible generosity of our donors. […]

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Thank you for making a difference

On behalf of the entire University of Adelaide, students, staff and alumni, it’s my great pleasure and privilege to convey our appreciation for your ongoing support. In 2017, 1,379 donors contributed more than $8.2 million to the University, 113 scholarships were funded, and an incredible 2,801 volunteers devoted a total of 69,826 hours to our […]

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Recognising your support

These stories highlight some remarkable occasions where gifts to the University, either individually, or in groups, have made a significant impact on scholarship and research. They range from the notable Paul Lee bequest, which is supporting developments in the School of Dentistry, to the crowdfunding project where a number of smaller gifts has enabled the […]

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A life, and a love, remembered

Nothing can replace the loss of someone dear to us. For Adelaide alumnus Graham Smith, establishing a scholarship for Roseworthy veterinary science students in the name of his late partner, Rosa Samuels, is a fitting way to honour her memory. It reflects Rosa’s lifelong love of animals, their shared connection with our University, and, most […]

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Our crowd steps up for families of Rajasthan

The University of Adelaide entered the dynamic world of crowdfunding in 2017. Thanks to the generous response of our University community, more than 1,000 families in India’s north-west will have the capacity to maintain a reliable supply of life-sustaining pure drinking water. Conducted on the online platform Pozible during November, the campaign aimed to raise […]

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