Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today – Malcolm X
2017 Annual Appeal
Our 2017 Annual Appeal will invite Members to donate towards refurbishment of the foyer, dining room and Phillip Law Members Lounge. Your donations will provide for re-carpeting and the replacement of couches and tub chairs in this central and vibrant meeting and socialising space.
We acknowledge our donors. Those who contribute to our Annual Appeals are recognised at our annual invitation-only Thank You day to Founders and Benefactors.
More on this year’s Annual Appeal coming soon!
The Graduate Union derives its current vigour from the service and generosity of our many Members since our foundation in 1911. Because of this we have now:
- buildings and facilities where graduates of all ages, disciplines, life stages and cultures come to live, learn and meet;
- an active international collegium of Members;
- the place where thousands meet each year for academia, research and social good.
We have a range of pathways available for donors to direct funds according to a specific purpose, such as:
The Buildings – upkeep and additions to The William Berry Wing, The Main Building or The Stella Langford Wing. 2017 marks the Diamond Jubilee of Graduate House. Our Diamond Jubilee Campaign will be launched later in 2017 and will appeal for funding from Government, Philanthropy, Corporates and Members for an exciting state of the art development. Further details coming soon.
Resident Members – scholarships (endowments), awards, prizes, excursions, function and financial assistance to those residents in financial difficulty;
Non-Resident Members – career development, fellowships, awards, prizes and financial assistance to those non-residents in financial difficulty;
Gifts with Naming Rights – a gift of perpetuity under a family or company name. Options include:
- for a space within The Graduate Union (room, car park, corridor, floor, building);
- for a scholarship or an award to a resident or non-resident member;
- for a recognition of excellence award for a resident or non-resident member; and
- for career support and retirement development of in-career and retirement members.
Sponsorship – There are options available to sponsor Graduate Union Collegiate activities, such as:
- Monthly Luncheons – (x10 per year);
- Professional development for Resident and in-career Members;
- Member Excursions and social functions; and
- Research talks and cultural dinners.
Bequests – Your bequest will assist us to continue providing high quality affordable college accommodation for post-graduate students and researchers from all over the world. Such an endowment will help to provide more funding, networking and career opportunities for graduates at all life stages.
Our Residents, College and Association
Parisa Shiran is a PhD Candidate, School of Culture and Communication
“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream of things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”, George Bernard Shaw thus said, reflecting the hope which has always been blazing in my heart with which I fought through my life and climbed up the ladder of success.
Though deaths and pains were not my choices, to live was a decision I made early in my life when I found myself deprived of the unparalleled love and welfare that the presence of my parents could have guaranteed.
No more than five years old, I lost my father in an accident. My mother, however, died another death when she abandoned me to time, destiny and my grandparents whose affectionate nurturing assured my growth and progress.
The desire to unfetter myself from the chains of a marginalized social status as an orphan encouraged me to become educated. Literature, stories and their deep entwinement with life and reality enthralled me and made me determined to write the story of my life the way I wanted. Read Parisa’s Story.
Cecilia Liando, Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies student (Indonesian stream) at Monash University
Translation is known to a lot of people as an act of transferring messages from one language to another language, and one culture to another culture. However, in an increasingly mobile world, especially in multicultural societies such as Australia that consists of a lot of migrants from all over the world, this definition of translation is not valid anymore. Translating a literary text like the one that I’m doing for my Major Translation Project (a year-long research component in my Master’s program) updates this perception because the source text itself has two cultural and lingual elements inside of it and I’m translating it to a third language and culture. Read Cecilia’s story.
Fatema Samina Yasmin, Master of Public Policy, RMIT
I am studying Master of Public Policy at RMIT University availing the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Public Policy is such a discipline of social sciences that is primarily based on the principles of economics, political science, law, sociology and other established disciplines. Every aspect of life, e.g. economy, education, health care, environment, employment, food production, etc. is governed by public policies as adopted at local, regional, national and international level. My previous experience in conducting research work in the arena of observing the process of formulation and implementation of policies, both social and economic, in Bangladesh has aroused my interest in doing a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Read Fatema’s story.
Graduate House is where you reside and meet other graduates. The Graduate Union is an international association. In our House and across our Union, we aim to acknowledge the privilege of education by working wisely and carefully together across cultures, disciplines and life stages as a collegium of graduates in the best interests of our global society. Your stay here – be it one night or several years – will be unique. It marks the beginning, or continuation, of a lifelong involvement with our vibrant network of graduates. We encourage Residents and Members to be active influencers and create and use opportunities for sharing, learning and giving.
– Dr Kerry Bennett, CEO/Head of College
Direct your donation
Endowment reserves for general purpose
My donation is added to the endowment reserves with investment earnings on the principal being put to the highest priorities and needs of the Association at any given time.
Support postgraduate research students
Research underpins innovation, progress and the betterment of society. My donation to this reserve supports resident students undertaking pure research degrees.
Support postgraduate coursework students
A majority of residents undertake postgraduate degrees for entry to the professions. My gift to this reserve supports resident students undertaking coursework degrees.
Anne & James Mulholland
George & Connie Markou
Other generous 2016 Benefactors
Desmond & Ruth Bright
Elizabeth Butt OAM
Robert French AC
Roy Hardcastle AO
John Landy AC CVO MBE
Frank Lees AM MBE
Kenneth Mawson OAM
Keith Richards OAM
Wendy Seng Hpa
Kevin Stevenson AM
Geoffrey Vaughan AO
Prue and David Sparks
Anne and James Mulholland
Other generous 2015 Benefactors
Gweneth Mable Bowles
Desmond and Ruth Bright
Clive Hele Brookes
Elizabeth Butt OAM
Richard Stephen Cherry
Ewan Russel Colson
Graeme Ivallan Duke
Professor Joseph Epstein
Francis Wilson Goding
John and Diana Green
Richard David Harcourt
Wendy Seng Hpa
Kay Mary Kelleher
David De Krester
Philip Garth Law
Richard William Manuell
George Connie Markou
Lynette Frances Martin
Kenneth C Mawson
Roy Bruce Nichols
Joan Mary Pretty
John Heath Roberts
Geoffrey Vaughan AO
Joy Gladys Wellings