The Melbourne School of Engineering is evolving to meet the needs of a dynamic future.
We believe that by investing in capable individuals, we’re strengthening Victoria and helping the nation to make a global impact.
It’s your involvement that moves our school’s progress forward. Your support allows us to attract deserving students through scholarships and to conduct innovative research. Help us shape the future of Australia’s engineering and IT sectors.
The Melbourne School of Engineering supports the kind of education and engagement that creates excellent graduates and research. Your encouragement helps us address the grand challenges of our time, train leaders who will implement the solutions, and generate social and economic benefit for our generation and those to come. Together we can optimise solutions that truly improve lives.
Through ‘Believe: The Campaign for the University of Melbourne’, the Melbourne School of Engineering can better attract brilliant minds that will find engineering and IT solutions for this and future generations. We aim to continue being Australia’s leading engineering school and encourage high achieving students from around the globe to study with us.
The support of our generous donors is deeply appreciated and makes a tremendous difference to the lives of our students, our research and the wider School. Philanthropy has greatly contributed and will continue to contribute to our success in many ways, including opportunities to provide scholarships, research support, student prizes endowed professorships and fellowships.
The highest priority of the 2016 Annual Appeal is securing more support for scholarships, with a particular focus on women undertaking studies in Engineering and IT. Without such support, personal circumstances prevent many talented and deserving students from pursuing their academic goals.
Whether you are an alumni of the University who wishes to give back, a friend in the community or an entire organisation who would like to engage with Australia’s leading engineering school, we welcome your interest in making a gift and encourage you to contact us to discuss how your kindness will have the greatest impact. Opportunities for monthly or annual contributions are also available.
For a confidential discussion about how you can help, please contact:
Through ‘Believe: The Campaign for the University of Melbourne’, the Melbourne School of Engineering trains gifted leaders who will lead the charge in engineering and IT solutions for this and future generations.
Any funding contribution in the form of scholarships, program and research support, endowed professorships or fellowships is essential to our success.
For a confidential discussion of your own philanthropic priorities and how you can partner with the School, please contact:
Your interest in supporting the Melbourne School of Engineering is what drives our success as a leading university. All gifts large and small have a tremendous impact. Your commitment is what drives our community and projects.
In 2016 the School’s highest priority through the University of Melbourne Annual Appeal is scholarship support for female students. Donations to this area ensure that those women who are passionate about pursuing their studies in Engineering and IT are able to chase their dreams, regardless of their financial situation.
We are grateful for any and all support and encourage you to contact us with any questions about how your gift will be directed. Options for making a monthly or annual commitment are also available.
If you would prefer to donate via a direct Electronic Funds Transfer or provide credit card details over the phone, please call:
If you are an international donor, please read this important information before giving.
If you wish to support an area that isn’t reflected in the online giving portal or postal form, please get in touch.
Other ways to give
Corporate and foundation giving
Businesses and organisations interested in providing philanthropic support for priority projects within the Melbourne School of Engineering are encouraged to contact our Advancement team to discuss their area of interest.
Many corporations also promote their employees’ philanthropy by matching their donations or supporting workplace-giving programs. Talk to your Human Resources department to see if your gift’s impact can be multiplied.
Staff of the University of Melbourne
As well as supporting the University through the work they do, many of our staff members are also part of our donor community. Staff can give to the University through regular gift channels above, but can also give to certain University activities through salary packaged payroll deductions. Please contact the Advancement team for assistance in ensuring your gift is directed to your preferred priority within the School.
Consider leaving a legacy gift
By including a bequest to the University in your will, you can give the type of gift you may not be able to make during your lifetime, and be assured your legacy lives on.
For further information, visit Gifts in Wills.
We welcome in-kind gifts on a case by case basis. To learn more, please contact:
Frequently asked questions
Can I make a confidential donation?
Yes. We respect your privacy and are happy to keep your donation confidential. Just make a note on your giving form or contact the Advancement team to make sure there is no public recognition of your gift. For more information or to discuss how your gift will be kept anonymous, please get in touch.
How quickly will my donation be processed?
Donations are usually processed within one business day of us receiving your gift and a tax deductible receipt will be issued shortly after. If you have not received your official gift receipt within one week, please let us know.
Can I make a gift in honour or memory of someone?
Honouring someone who has passed away or is still with us by making a gift in their name or memory is a very special way to commemorate their achievements. We are privileged to work with a number of families who support scholarships and prizes named in memory of loved ones, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss establishing your own prize or scholarship.
Here at the Melbourne School of Engineering we have a wonderful community of donors who support the School in a variety of ways.
Gifts from past students, staff and friends have shaped the engineering and IT programs at the University of Melbourne.
Philanthropy allows students to study here and helps them make the most of their time with us. It enables research, providing the facilities and funding for those who have great ability and the potential to contribute to the challenges of our time. Contributions also facilitate innovation and engagement within our community and beyond.
This support provides a foundation for engineering and IT-related education and research. It plays a vital role in ensuring that the School will continue to thrive into the future. Some donors provide regular donations through a monthly or annual commitment, while others focus on supporting priority projects of key interest to them.
However you choose to support the School we are grateful for your generosity.
Allow us to honour and recognise your donations in different ways.
In the Melbourne School of Engineering, we give thanks to donors through the naming of buildings, scholarships and academic positions. We also list recognition in annual reports, and extend invitations to events and activities as a thank you to donors for their support and involvement. We’ve created special groups to further extend our gratitude. More information on university-wide recognition societies.
It’s your support that allows our institution to flourish and create leaders in the world of engineering and IT. We look forward to exploring opportunities to recognise your contribution in a way that is meaningful to you personally.
Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal
377 donors contributed to the Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal 2011–2013, successfully raising $513,244.31 to establish the Scholarship in perpetuity. Many donors continue to give to the fund, building on this success.
The Paterson Scholarship
The Kernot Fellowship recognises those who have indicated that they intend to leave a gift to the Melbourne School of Engineering in their Will while celebrating the success made possible through the support of current and future donors.
This bequest society was named after Professor William Charles Kernot, who was both the first recipient of the first Engineering Certificate offered by the University of Melbourne as well as the Founding Professor of Engineering.
The Melbourne School of Engineering Foundation Board of Management plays a vital role in bringing together the School’s community to develop a culture of philanthropy and engagement, and leads the School’s fundraising efforts.
The Board is focused on generating financial and community support for the School through relationships with industry, alumni and other groups that are interested in the Melbourne School of Engineering’s growth and development.
MSE Foundation Board Members
Mr John North (Chair)
Bachelor of Engineering, Monash University
Masters of Engineering Science, The University of Melbourne
Masters of Business Administration, The University of Melbourne
During a career spanning almost two decades with J B Were & Son (now Goldman Sachs), John developed an international reputation for the high quality advice he provided to companies and institutional investors. He specialised in identifying opportunities for investment, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate advisory, with a particular emphasis on the global building and construction industries.
He attributes part of his success to the broad experience gained during 14 years as a professional engineer working in both the public and private sectors. His focus was on engineering consulting and project management in Australia and overseas.
He believes strongly that his engineering and business education that he undertook at The Royal Military College Duntroon, Monash University and The University of Melbourne provided many of the basic skills he needed during his career.
John’s previous associations include A Fin (retired) (Associate of the Financial Services Institute Australia) and MIEAust (retired).
Mr Nick Callinan AO
Managing Director, Collins Hill Pty Ltd
Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Melbourne University
Nick is a pioneer of the Australian venture capital industry, having started in 1984 what became the Advent group of venture and private equity funds. In 1994, he went to London and set up new funds to invest in the transforming economies of Central and Eastern Europe. He spent time in Boston with the global firm Advent International (whose name he had used for his Australian companies) and then joined Shell in London to establish an international IT venture fund. He returned to Australia in 2006 and now advises companies, particularly those raising capital to expand their operations. He is currently chairman of Sunshine Heart, Inc and a director of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Cummins Engine Company, Inc ending up as chief executive of its Australian subsidiary. He started his career with Gutteridge Haskins and Davey (now GHD), consulting engineers.
Ms Christine Tursky Gordon
Co-founder, SouthTech Systems
Masters of Marketing, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne
Christine has a range of corporate and entrepreneurial engineering experience with over a decade at Hewlett Packard/Agilent and subsequently as co-founder and co-owner of SouthTech Systems, a specialised Defence Engineering company. She has been involved with the Melbourne School of Engineering on a pro bono basis during her entire career. Christine is also a member of the School’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Industry Advisory Group.
Dr Jack Wynhoven AM
Diploma of Civil Engineering, Gordon Institute of Technology, Geelong
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), The University of Melbourne
Masters of Science, University of Alberta, Canada
PhD, University of Alberta, Canada
Jack worked as a consulting engineer in Australia, Canada and Switzerland. He joined Connell Group in 1972 as a structural engineer. From 1985 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and or Chairman of Connell Wagner, now named Aurecon. He was awarded an AM in 1998 and a CM in 2003 for services to engineering. In 2000 he was named Victorian Professional Engineer of the Year. Throughout his career Jack has been active in professional organisations as follows: President Concrete Institute of Australia, Chairman Building Standards Policy Board, Deputy Chairman Standards of Australia, Chairman CSIRO Industrial Advisory Committee for the Built Environment, Member Victorian Premier’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (Premier Bracks) and Member Victorian Premier’s Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (Premier Kennett). Jack joined the MSE Foundation in 2006.
A brief history of the Engineering Foundation
The 1980s proved to be a huge growth period for the Melbourne School of Engineering: 1982 marked 100 years since William Kernot was appointed the first Professor of Engineering and 1983 commemorated the centenary of the first Melbourne University engineering degree.
To celebrate these milestones the Engineering Centenary Appeal was launched, with a goal of raising $2.5 million to support the establishment of the Engineering Foundation. Since its inception the Foundation has been committed to building financial support and community engagement for the School.
MSE Foundation Scholarships
True to its founding mission of celebrating excellence, the MSE Foundation Board provides ongoing scholarship support. Funds raised support high achieving students who are attempting professional Masters programs. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and need to both local and international students.
Contact the board
If you wish to contact the board or seek additional information about the MSE Foundation, please email:
MSE Foundation Secretariat
Scholarship recipient profiles
Hear from two of our recent scholarship recipients:
I am excited to commence my career as an engineer and wish to thank all those who contribute to these scholarships. It has really made a difference for me and I greatly appreciate the support.
The MSEF has supported me in a variety of ways over the past two years … the scholarship supported me in studying for one year in Switzerland via the Melbourne Global Mobility exchange program.