Every bequest and every endowed fund makes a lasting difference and is gratefully received by The University of Queensland.

For over 100 years, charitable bequests and legacies have played a vital role in The University of Queensland’s growth and accomplishments. Gifts in the wills of alumni, friends, and supporters have funded life-changing scholarships, helped the University’s researchers find solutions to the most perplexing problems facing our communities and planet, and enriched the cultural heritage in UQ’s Museums and Libraries for generations to come.

Everyone will leave a legacy. With a charitable bequest to your area of choice at the University, your legacy could be a cure for breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, sustainable energy solutions, the care and welfare of animals, biodiversity conservation, or a life-changing scholarship for a disadvantaged young person. Your bequest could memorialise a special family member or loved one, or provide much-needed funding for neoteric research or the University’s general purposes.

Every gift, whether given during your lifetime or after, is highly regarded by the University.

Nina Mullins is delighted to answer questions and provide information on how you can make a bequest to UQ. Please call Nina on +61 7 3346 3904 or 0423 298 781, you can also email bequest@uq.edu.au, for an obligation-free, confidential, and informative discussion.

Read about UQ's history of giving

 

The Donation of Land

In 1923, James Mayne and Mary Emelia Mayne donated 693 acres of land at Pinjarra Hills to allow the University to expand its program of agricultural education. The University’s Veterinary School Farm is on this land and has been an important teaching tool for students of the Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science for over 80 years.*

A Move from Brisbane's CBD to Leafy St Lucia

In 1926, James and Mary Emelia donated 63,000 pounds to the Brisbane City Council to reclaim over 200 acres of land on the St Lucia bend of the Brisbane River. James became aware that the University would soon outgrow its location in various buildings along George Street in Brisbane’s CBD, and was spurred on by his personal memories of The University of Sydney. The first sandstone foundations were laid at St Lucia in 1937, with its doors finally opening to students after the Second World War, in 1949.

Their Support Lives on

In mirror wills, James and Mary Emelia bequeathed their entire estates to the University. The Mayne estate included the Brisbane Arcade, the Regent building in Brisbane CBD and their home known as 'Moorlands' in Auchenflower. The income from their invested estate, which in 2009 totaled $3 million, provides perpetual support for the Mayne School of Medicine, located at UQ’s Herston campus.

The donations and bequests of UQ's philanthropists, Dr James O’Neil Mayne and Miss Mary Emelia Mayne, were acts of extraordinary generosity and forethought. They have become foundational not only to UQ’s physical presence, but also in establishing UQ as a world-leader in tertiary education and research.

The Mayne siblings remain key figures at UQ, and are also remembered by the University through the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre at St Lucia campus. Previously named Mayne Hall, the Centre now houses The University of Queensland Art Museum, a world-class cultural facility and creative resource, open to the UQ community and general public.

* The Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science is now integrated into the Faculty of Science


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Dr Freda Bage, Dr James Mayne and Miss Mary Emelia Mayne at the laying of the foundation stone for the Main Building, 6 Mar 1937
 
 

 

Endowments are large philanthropic donations held by the University in its long-term investments portfolio. The endowments are invested and the annual earnings distributed to the purpose specified by the donor. An endowment can be created by a gift you give during your lifetime or a charitable bequest in your Will. An endowed gift to The University of Queensland is powerful and highly valued, as it keeps on giving a return, creating greater and greater impact over time. An endowment is also a meaningful and lasting way to create a memorial in your name or in the name of a loved one.

We invite you to consider establishing an endowment that will provide perpetual support to a project of your own choosing or an existing initiative at the University.

The University is delighted to answer any questions you might have, and provide you with further information on how to establish an endowment at the University. Please call Nina Mullins on + 61 7 3346 3904 or mobile 0423 298 781 email bequest@uq.edu.au, for an obligation-free, confidential, and informative discussion.
 

Every day, UQ does more research and provides more scholarships because someone kindly thought of UQ when they made their Will. The University of Queensland is very grateful for people whose passion and care for the planet, its creatures, and its civilisations inspired them to leave such a special gift.

Everyone will leave a legacy. By making a bequest or creating an endowment at The University of Queensland, yours could be

• A scholarship for a deserving student
• A breakthrough in medical, environmental or animal research
• Our cultural heritage of museums, art collections, libraries, music, historic buildings, and modern facilities
• A professorial Chair
• An enduring memorial to a family member or loved one

The University is delighted to answer any questions you might have about what your bequest or endowment could accomplish at The University of Queensland. Please call Nina Mullins on +61 7 3346 3904 or 0423 298 781, you can also email bequest@uq.edu.au, for an obligation-free, confidential, and informative discussion.

Read about how Professor Christopher Chen's generous endowment will contribute to reproductive medicine for generations to come

Read how a $8 million gift to the Arts at UQ is set to benefit students, particularly those from rural backgrounds, for many years to come. Read more...

A gift from your estate is a simple and effective way of making lasting provision for the people and causes you care about. After providing for your family and friends, you can include charitable bequest for The University of Queensland in your Will. Find out more here.

Making a gift in your will

Making a gift from your estate is a simple and effective way of making lasting provision for the people and causes you care about. A bequest can be cash, a share bundle, real estate or a work of art. You can leave a percentage of your entire estate, a set amount or what remains after all other gifts have been distributed.

We strongly recommend consulting your legal advisor before drafting a new will or updating an existing one. Your financial and legal advisors can ensure your wishes are carried out in the way you intend.

Will-wording for a charitable bequest to The University of Queensland

For a gift for the general purposes of the University:

“I give (my whole estate) or (specific percentage of my estate) or (specific assets) or (the residue of my estate) or (the sum of $_____) to The University of Queensland for its general purposes. I declare that the receipt of The University of Queensland shall be sufficient discharge to my executor/trustees.”

For a gift for a specific purpose at the University:

“I give (my whole estate) or (specific percentage of my estate) or (specific assets) or (the residue of my estate) or (the sum of $_____) to The University of Queensland for its general purposes. I express the wish but without creating any binding trust that if practicable this gift be applied towards (state purposes as widely as possible). I declare that the receipt of The University of Queensland shall be sufficient discharge to my executor/trustees.”

For a gift for a directed purpose at the University:

“I give (my whole estate) or (specific percentage of my estate) or (specific assets) or (the residue of my estate) or (the sum of $_____) to The University of Queensland for (state purposes as widely as possible). I declare that the receipt of The University of Queensland shall be sufficient discharge to my executor/trustees.”

For more information please contact the University’s Bequest Manager on + 61 7 3346 3904 or email bequest@uq.edu.au

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. We recommend you contact your legal and financial advisors. The University of Queensland’s ABN: 63 942 912 684

For an obligation-free, confidential, and informative discussion, contact:
 

Nina Mullins
Senior Advancement Manager - Bequests
UQ Advancement
Level 7, JD Story Building
St Lucia campus
The University of Queensland
QLD 4072

Phone: +61 7 3346 3904 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (AEST)
Mobile: 0423 298 781
Email: bequest@uq.edu.au

Bequest Intention Form

 

Every day, UQ can do more research and provide more scholarships because someone kindly thought of UQ when they made their Will. The University of Queensland is very grateful for people whose passion and care for the planet, its creatures and civilisations inspired them to leave such a special gift.

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UQ Body Donor Program

Body donors help researchers to advance medical and scientific discoveries that will promote health and alleviate suffering. To learn more about how you can donate your body to science, visit the School of Biomedical Sciences.