Great news for History at Melbourne

From the Vice-Chancellor

Jane Hansen’s gift a landmark for History at Melbourne

23 November 2015

It is a great pleasure to advise the University will receive a gift worth $10 million, $8 million of which will form The Hansen Trust to support the teaching of History at Melbourne.

This is the largest gift to the Faculty of Arts in its history. It provides for a new Chair in History, endowed in perpetuity, three Level B lectureships funded for a period of five years, a PhD scholarship of $30,000 to be awarded every year in perpetuity, and (with input from the Faculty of Arts) the appointment of a Level C Continuing position.

A philanthropist active in supporting many public bodies including the Melbourne Theatre Company, Jane Hansen is a donor with a deep appreciation for the transformational power of great teaching, and passionate belief in the importance of the study and teaching of history.

Benefactors Jane Hansen and Paul Little hope to put History at Melbourne in the forefront of innovation in tertiary teaching. They aim to provide students at the University of Melbourne with an outstanding education in History, and increase the public visibility of History as a vital field of knowledge.

The University is deeply grateful to be the beneficiary of Jane Hansen’s passion for scholarship, and her vision in supporting the teaching of history at Melbourne.

Glyn Davis

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