Your support makes a difference

While 2021 was a year of constant change, the generosity of QUT donors has continued to make a real-world impact.

Thank you to all our donors for changing the world we live in for the better.

From the Vice-Chancellor

One of the great privileges of being part of a university community is witnessing the impact of donor generosity.

Your contributions toward empowering students through education, outstanding research, and expanding our community outreach can be seen everywhere – from supporting students in financial need to protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

The QUT community passionately believes that talent and effort should be the only determinants of university success, not wealth or circumstance.

Donors like you have helped thousands of students experience the transformative power of a QUT education and realise their potential. Each one of our accomplished scholarship recipients is testament to the deep impact of your generosity.

2021 saw over 1500 donors come together to raise over $1.2 million for fifteen different causes - an outcome that we are immensely grateful for.

Thank you for partnering with us to change the world we live in for the better.

Professor Margaret Sheil AO
Vice-Chancellor and President

2021 impact


students received a Learning Potential Fund scholarship


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Donor impact

Learning Potential Fund: A ray of hope

Adjunct Professor Ray Weekes believes in the power of education.

He joined the Learning Potential Fund committee after hearing the remarkable stories of our scholarship recipients - and how a single scholarship can have a ripple effect on other family members and their life decisions.

Read his story

Fighting prostate cancer

Prostate cancer affects one in seven Australian men and claims the lives of 3,500 men each year.

A team of our researchers are playing a critical role in reducing these statistics through innovative and life-changing treatments.

How our community is helping

More stories

QUT Giving Day delivers real-world impact

Since 2018, QUT Giving Day has raised more than $3.7 million from 5,480 generous donors to support world-changing education, research, and community projects.

Helping crucial one-night event to regenerate coral reefs

QUT researchers have developed an innovative technology known as 'coral IVF' to scale reef restoration across the globe, including the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Helping students get back on their feet

Including a gift in your will is an extraordinary way of creating a life-changing legacy. QUT alumnus Ainslie Davies shares why she's leaving a gift in her will to support future students.

Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries

As a major university, we're helping to realise a meaningful and enduring commitment to the Indigenous community in Australia.

In March 2021, we welcomed international acclaimed playwright, artistic director, proud Quandamooka man and QUT outstanding alumnus Dr Wesley Enoch AM to the position of Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries.

Read his 2021 update

Dr Wesley Enoch AM, Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries

Top 5 supported projects

Learning Potential Fund

Staff Community Welfare Fund

QUT Law Founders' Scholarship Fund

Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries

Restore the Great Barrier Reef

Support QUT

Your contribution can improve the lives of students, support world-leading research, and help create a brighter future for all.

Find out more about giving to QUT and join us for #QUTGivingDay on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Giving to QUT

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students helped through the Emergency Student Fund

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Supporting our students

Thanks to the generosity of the QUT community, we helped 342 students continue with their studies in 2020, despite the significant disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saving our koalas

With the 2020 Australian bushfires estimated to have killed or displaced nearly three billion animals, saving koalas and other Australian wildlife requires urgent action. See how QUT donors are helping to save this iconic Australian animal.

Learning Potential Fund puts wind in sails for marine geoscientist

Marine geoscientist and Learning Potential Fund recipient Mardi is helping to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Persecution and perseverance lead law student to help others

Supported by a Law Founders’ scholarship, Raziq is now using his legal qualifications to help others.

Queensland Ambulance Service supports Indigenous scholarships

A scholarship is helping Sarah fulfil her goal to work with Indigenous communities in health care.

Vision for the future: Researchers focus on short-sightedness

Philanthropy is enabling research that improves the lives of young people affected by myopia.

Scholarship aids opportunity for young nurse

Supported through her studies by the Learning Potential Fund, Stephanie is now a registered nurse.

Building bright futures for QUT students

An alumnus and regular donor, Jeremy is leaving a gift in his will to support future students.

Looking forward

There are many things I am looking forward to in 2021: my last program as artistic director of Sydney Festival, the idea of spending more time on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and the launch of Australia’s first philanthropic Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries.

This role has been made possible by the outstanding generosity of QUT’s 2014 Outstanding Alumnus, Dr Greg Creed, and I’m enormously excited to commence in this position.

QUT is committed to promoting and celebrating exceptional Indigenous talent in Australia. Together we are supporting vulnerable students, progressing ground-breaking research, and amplifying Indigenous thought leadership.

I very much look forward to sharing news and updates with you as we get closer to realising this vision.

Thank you for supporting all the work we do.

Dr Wesley Enoch AM

Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries

Dr Wesley Enoch AM, Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries

Top 5 supported projects

Learning Potential Fund

Emergency Student Fund

Save our koalas

Staff Community Welfare Fund

QUT Faculty of Law Founders' Scholarship Fund

2019 impact


total gifts (including single and recurring gifts)


of donors gave to student scholarships


largest gift (to the Learning Potential Fund)


of donors were QUT staff

Donor impact

Emergency Student Fund

Financial help to students experiencing unexpected hardship

Prostate cancer

There's plenty to celebrate in the fight against prostate cancer

Waste-free world

With donors' help we're aiming for a waste-free world

Helping the vulnerable

The Traction program for vulnerable teens has the support of the QUT Staff Community Welfare Fund

Nursing scholarships

Leilani Greene and Ketisha Gill are the first recipients of QUT’s $10,000 Argent Indigenous Nursing Scholarship

The 'Helper's High'

The feeling of wellbeing that stems from knowing our actions have helped someone else is the reason we give

From weddings to wills

How a QUT graduate is helping students succeed

Real world magic school bus

The QUT Extreme Van travels 19,000km each year to provide STEM workshops to students across Queensland.

Giving Day 2019

Giving Day is QUT's annual fundraiser, a day to make a difference and help foster research initiatives which are designed to change the world.

On Thursday 16 May 2019, QUT hosted its second annual Giving Day; a fundraiser to ‘Imagine what’s next’ as we celebrate 30 years of QUT.

This #QUTGivingDay our goal was 2000 donors - thanks to our community we surpassed it, with 2012 donors coming together to raise a total of $813,681 for 22 projects across the university.

We are truly grateful to the QUT community for sharing our passion and vision for a greater tomorrow.

#QUTGivingDay will be back in 2021. Given the current situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are instead directing efforts to supporting our most vulnerable students through the Emergency Student Fund.


Total donors - 2012

Students and friends - 896

Alumni - 811

QUT staff - 305


Total funds raised: $813,681

Largest gift: $33,333 to prostate cancer research

Our staff in 2019


total funds raised through payroll giving


donated to QUT Staff Community Welfare Fund


of staff are payroll donors


projects supported