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New Sporting Scholarship in Honour of a Former Vice Chancellor

by Jackie Gonzalez, Elite Athlete Program Intern | June 26, 2020

A perpetually named sporting scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2021, in honour of the late Professor Gavin Brown, who passed away in 2010.

Professor Brown was born in Lundin Links, Scotland, on February 27, 1942. He came to the University of Sydney as Vice-Chancellor in 1996 and served in that role for the next 12 years.

He was an incredibly successful Vice-Chancellor who implemented major improvements in funding, research and infrastructure development at the university. Professor Brown initiated the then largest capital program ever undertaken by an Australian university leading to the new Law School, the IT building, the Jane Foss Russel Building for student services, a student accommodation in Sydney University Village and a multimillion-dollar restoration and refurbishment of heritage buildings.

Student numbers increased by more than 50 per cent during Professor Brown's time, postgraduate numbers more than doubled, income trebled and the numbers of international students multiplied fourfold. Additionally, throughout his time as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown was always a great friend of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness

This perpetually named sporting scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2021 to an outstanding male or female athlete at discretion of the Elite Athlete Program.

30 years have passed since the first Sydney University sporting scholarships were awarded in 1990. Over 2000 student athletes have been supported in reaching their sport and study ambitions with sporting scholarships and our Elite Athlete Program. Of the 345+ student athletes supported in 2020, 39 are facilitated by perpetual named scholarships. To ensure that we can continue to support Sydney University’s best student athletes, as well as the success of Sydney University sporting clubs; establishing more perpetual named scholarships is key. Our goal is to raise $5M by 2025. 

To find out more about our community of perpetual named scholarship donors please see: You can join them by contacting us on, or clicking HERE.



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