Supporting the Professor Geoff Wilson Scholarship
Professor Geoff Wilson was a globally-respected expert in his field of low-temperature nuclear physics, as well as an eminent leader in the growth of Australian university education. In the mid-1980s, he played a central role in establishing Science & Technology Australia, Australia's peak body in science and technology, and was its inaugural past president.
From 1996 to 2002 he was Deakin's fourth Vice-Chancellor and President. He developed the University's Waterfront and Burwood campuses and its International Fibre Centre, and led Deakin to being awarded Australian University of the Year for 1999–2000.
Throughout his life, Geoff held deep interests in environmental sciences and sustainability, and promoting opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. He greatly appreciated the impact education has on creating opportunities for individuals. This scholarship has been established to support the education of Indigenous students and encourage their contribution to a deeper scientific understanding of Australia's natural resources.
During, and as a consequence of Professor Wilson's leadership, the University's research performance improved dramatically, international students enrolments increased and strong partnerships were developed with government and industry.
Professor Iain Martin
Current Deakin Vice-Chancellor
Donating to the scholarship
The Professor Geoff Wilson Scholarship will provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students within Deakin University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in environmental sciences or ecology.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students experiencing financial hardship and enrolled in a science course through the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment can apply for this scholarship – particularly if studying within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.