Former Vice-Chancellor gifts $1.3 million

Former University of Wollongong (UOW) Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO and his wife Ms Suzanne Walker, a UOW alumnus have a life-long commitment to the importance of investing in bright ideas. 

Their combined vision to seed innovative ideas has meant that Professor McKinnon and Ms Walker are delighted to announce a personal philanthropic gift of $1.3 million to the University of Wollongong. Their gift will establish the McKinnon Walker Trust to foster innovation and support excellence. 

The Trust will generate an annual income to support the McKinnon Walker Grants to be allocated annually at the full discretion of the Vice-Chancellor. Academic staff, Professional staff and currently enrolled students will be eligible for consideration to receive a McKinnon Walker Grant. 

Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon sees this Trust as an opportunity to let creative ideas flourish. The McKinnon Walker Grants will not be administered under a formal application process. The Grants will be allocated at the timing and discretion of the Vice-Chancellor according to the vision of the gift and will commence in 2016. 

For further information, please email Monique Harper-Richardson, Director of Advancement.