Making a gift to the University of South Australia in your Will is one of the most meaningful ways to support the education of future generations. It can pave the way for ground-breaking research, scholarships to fulfil deserving students’ dreams, or develop cutting-edge facilities to support 21st century learning.

A bequest is a special way to make a significant gift and create a legacy that can make a real difference to the lives of others. It provides an opportunity to give to the University where you may not find it possible in your lifetime.

There are many unique bequest opportunities at the University. For example, your gift could fund a scholarship for a disadvantaged student or an important research project that will benefit the broad community. For more information about leaving a bequest to UniSA, please  request a copy of our bequest brochure, or contact Zoe Gray, Advancement Officer (Fundraising), by calling 08 8302 7630 for a confidential discussion about your wishes.

When you make a bequest to the University, you will be invited to join the University's Chancellor's Club which offers exclusive benefits and allows us to say thank you and show our appreciation in a meaningful way.

A Bequest Clause in your Will to the University of South Australia could include:

  • the whole or a portion of your estate
  • a specific sum of money
  • real estate
  • stocks and shares
  • works of art, collections or jewellery
  • copyright
  • insurance policy.


Suggested wording for your Will

We recommend that you seek independent legal advice when writing your will, though we are happy to provide assistance regarding the wording of your bequest to UniSA. 

Where your gift is designated for specific purposes, the University makes every effort to respect your wishes. If the original purpose becomes inappropriate, a provision in your Will permitting the University to redirect the funds, in keeping as far as possible with the spirit and general intent of the bequest, can be most useful.

General bequest

“I give to the University of South Australia (the sum of $......., or .......% of my estate) to be used in such manner as the University determines or approves and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of the University shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee, who shall not be bound to see the application of the gift.”

Specific bequest – area of study/research

“I give to the University of South Australia (the sum of $....... or .......% of my estate) and I express the wish, without creating a trust, that this gift be used for (state your preferred use for the gift), and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of the University shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee, who shall not be bound to see the application of the gift.”

What inspires you to leave a legacy?

The University of South Australia gratefully acknowledges all bequestors - their enduring support will live on well into the future, celebrating their lives, and providing real opportunities for talented students and opening doors for researchers.

The following people represent a sample of those who have supported the University of South Australia through a gift in their Will:

Dr David Klingberg AO

David KlingbergDr David Klingberg, an alumnus of the South Australian Institute of Technology and prominent engineer and businessman, was the Chancellor of the University of South Australia from 1998 to 2008.

Throughout his tenure as Chancellor, David made many significant contributions to the University and his achievements were recognised in 2009 when David was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of South Australia.

David is now a professional company director, but maintains close links with the University and continues to support the University through philanthropy.

"I have experienced a most rewarding 40 year career as a professional engineer following my graduation from one of UniSA's predecessor institutions. The quality of the program and the staff prepared me extremely well. It was also my privilege to serve as Chancellor from 1998 to 2008 and it was equally rewarding to be involved in the exceptional progression of the University to where it has become one of Australia's leading institutions. The provision of a bequest for a long term scholarship is my family's way of assisting future generations and thanking the University."

Jennifer Kuyper

Jennifer KuyperAs a former teaching professional and someone who has benefited from tertiary study, leaving a gift to a university was an obvious choice for Jennifer.

"I decided to make a bequest to higher education to make a difference. I am very grateful for the education I received. Higher education opened up my world and I will always remember the pride on my mother's face when I graduated with a Masters Degree."

Jennifer's legacy to the University of South Australia will support three causes dear to her:

  • research into severe stroke rehabilitation
  • programs to assist refugee students
  • educational participation for women, specifically the funding of a PhD scholarship

Jennifer encourages others with an interest in higher education to consider leaving a legacy in their Will.

"Making a gift to the University of South Australia in your Will is a meaningful way to give back to the community through support for research and the education of future professionals and leaders."

Bequests making an impact

Dr Norton Jackson AM

Dr Norton Jackson AMDr Norton Jackson was a passionate advocate for higher education and a long-time supporter of the University of South Australia. In 2010, he helped establish the Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal, awarded annually to the PhD graduate or graduand from UniSA's Ian Wark Research Institute who demonstrates the most potential or real application of research in industry.

The award was made possible through the financial support provided by Norton during his lifetime and numerous other donors. Norton's bequest provided additional funds ensuring that this award honouring his name will live on for many years and provide valuable assistance for scientists undertaking cutting-edge research.

Norton always considered himself extremely fortunate to achieve a quality education at the School of Mines and Industries, an antecedent of UniSA, and be recognised for his study efforts.

"I was fortunate in achieving tertiary education through a scholarship to the School of Mines and Industry, an antecedent of UniSA. This diploma, and degrees which followed, led to a most rewarding career in the mining and industrial chemical industries all over the world. Since retirement I have taken an interest in the affairs of the University, and I have been particularly impressed with the efforts of Council and staff to ensure their activities are relevant to community interests and needs."

More about Norton's life and achievements

Linda Lou Murphy

Linda Lou MurphyAn inspiring woman and outstanding artist, the late Linda Lou Murphy was dearly loved by many people, including staff and students at the University of South Australia, where she graduated with a Masters of Visual Arts in 2009. Reflecting her passion for the arts and belief in the future, Linda made a bequest to the University to fund scholarships to enable art students who are disadvantaged or isolated to excel.

The inaugural winner of the Linda Lou Murphy Visual Arts Scholarship was promising visual art student Ursula Halpin. The funding enabled Ursula to purchase materials for her coursework and graduate exhibition, attend glass making workshops and have professional photos taken of her portfolio.

The benefits for Ursula of receiving the award go far beyond the monetary value. "To say receiving the Linda Lou Murphy Scholarship has helped me financially would be selling this amazing opportunity short. In addition to assisting financially it has helped me manage health obstacles, become really engaged with campus life, assist other students, be more available for my daughter and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities presented to me. It has opened more doors than I could have hoped for."

The Linda Lou Murphy Visual Arts Scholarship is awarded each year and is valued at $5,000.

Noel Williams

Noel WilliamsNoel Williams graduated from the South Australian School of Mines 
and Industries in 1948 with a Diploma in Accountancy. The qualification was the precursor to an outstanding accountancy career served at the South Australian Fire Brigade Board where he was Secretary of the Board for many years.

Those that knew Noel describe him as a real gentleman, a well read man, with a variety of interests and keen sense of humour. An enthusiastic golfer, he was a member of the Glenelg Golf Club, where he played well into his 80's enjoying the camaraderie of friends. He was also a music lover and regularly attended Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performances.

Noel left a legacy to several charities and the University of South Australia is grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of his Will. In line with his wishes, his bequest will provide assistance to disadvantaged Indigenous or disabled students.

William T. Southcott

William T. SouthcottA generous bequest by William Southcott, has provided University of South Australia postgraduate engineering students with an opportunity to undertake research to achieve a PhD in the field of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, or related discipline.

William was a prominent Adelaide businessman with interests in the Southcott family business and other enterprises. An engineer himself, William saw the need for continual advancement in the manufacturing industry.

In 1998, William contacted the University of South Australia to plan a scholarship that would encourage outstanding postgraduate students to continue their research and provide an incentive to make a significant contribution to their field. In order to allow the scholarship recipient to excel in their research, William decided it was important to substantially contribute to their living costs. When the bequest was realised, the William T. Southcott Scholarship was established and the inaugural scholarship was awarded in 2006.

Kathleen Bodnar

Kathleen BodnarKathleen was just 51 years old when she lost her battle with breast cancer. She had a keen interest in the research that had been undertaken in alternative and complementary therapies at UniSA which prompted her to give money to these areas.

As a direct result of Kathleen's bequest, the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre was able to purchase much needed research equipment - a research ultrasound machine to improve diagnostic capabilities. To honour Kathleen's bequest a laboratory in the Centre was dedicated to her memory. The Kathleen Bodnar Laboratory now plays an invaluable role in the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre.

Next steps

If you are interested in finding out more about contributing to the University of South Australia through your Will, contact us for a confidential discussion:

Zoe Gray, Advancement Officer (Fundraising)
telephone +61 (8) 8302 7630.

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