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A gift to the tune of a Koenig-Betcher violin

Buying a world-class instrument is the dream of any budding musician studying at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, for most, it’s also a daunting and near-impossible task. Such was the case for Bachelor of Music undergraduate Mae Napier-Traeger before the generosity of donors saw her become the custodian of the Koenig-Betcher violin last year. […]

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Aerial view of guests seated for the Board of Benefactors' Festum dinner

The inaugural Board of Benefactors’ FESTUM

More than 150 guests assembled at the National Wine Centre for the inaugural Board of Benefactors’ FESTUM, which recognises the exceptional contributions made by alumni and friends who have pledged more than $25,000 to different areas of the University. Before the main event, guests were treated to a stunning outdoor performance by the Elder Conservatorium […]

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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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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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Image of Graham Smith sitting outside Roseworthy campus with some veterinary science students and a happy dog

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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