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Featured in the 2021 Master Plan is the redevelopment and upgrade of the much-cherished internal courtyard between the Homer and Barassi wings, restoring it to its rightful place as a hub for daily lunch, study, resident and alumni social activities. The proposed plans will transform this space into a beautiful outdoor oasis for residents, staff and the wider Burgmann community to enjoy. The courtyard is home to the Bob Falconer terrace, in memory ofthe first College Handyman, and it is also home to the John Dauth BBQ, donated by Mr Dauth in 1981. Current residents have already generously pledged $100,000 as a legacy to their time at Burgmann. We are asking our alumni and friends to match our residents’ contribution to help us realise this goal in 2021.
Scholarships & Bursaries Fund
Burgmann is proud of its egalitarian values and is open to all ANU eligible candidates on the basis of individual merit, with a diverse community of students across all disciplines and years. The endowment of scholarships and bursaries is vital to removing financial barriers to joining our College. This assists in providing for a diverse community and enriches the residential collegiate experience for all residents.
‘New Beginnings’ Flexible Bursary Fund
The College celebrated the launch of our Inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in March 2019. One of our priorities was to establish an identified flexible bursary fund for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents. Named ‘New Beginnings’ after the featured artwork in our RAP by Aidan Hartshorn, this flexible fund contributes to making the College a welcome home for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents by supporting travel, transition and other costs associated with moving to Burgmann from their home city or town and living at College.
Resident Hardship Fund
While scholarships and bursaries reduce fees, if a resident cannot afford the trip home to visit their family, this may also be a disincentive to attend university during a vulnerable time. This could be as little as a $30 bus fare or as much as $1500-$2000 for a round trip of flights—as for some of our residents coming from rural or remote areas, who are only able to afford seeing family once a year. Your contributions to the Hardship Fund help provide vital discretionary support for residents who are in critical need above and beyond their fees.
The First Nations Arts Initiative
As a key deliverable of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) we established the Burgmann College First Nations Arts Initiative with a view to continually adding works by First Nations artists to the College art collection. We believe that the display and celebration of First Nations arts and cultures at Burgmann is an important part of our identity and we seek the support of our community to assist us to realise this ambition.
The Principal’s Priorities
General donations to Burgmann College are gratefully received and are directed as determined by the Principal’s priorities. Projects and programs supported by this fund are directed by the Principal and include improving communal spaces and amenities, supporting resident programs including the Doomadgee Partnership and pastoral care.