Investing in the community

We invest in the university community to create opportunities for staff, students and the university education sector to flourish.

Investing in the community

We invest in the university community to create opportunities for staff, students and the university education sector to flourish.

We’re here to give staff, students and graduates in the university sector, and their families, better options and ultimately, a better way of life.

We are passionate about the future and supporting new ways of thinking that help improve our community and our world. That's why we help with sponsorships and support many university events and programs, including awards for a number of environmentally focused courses such as Environmental Management and Sustainability at Murdoch University.

As a purpose-driven bank, putting profits back into the university community is extremely important to us. We're proud to be leading the way in Australia. If all banks spent more of their profit in the community, the impact could be significant.

University engagement

An important part of our business is identifying opportunities to give back to the university sector wherever possible. As part of our commitment to maintaining and building our involvement in the university sector next year and beyond, we have brought in dedicated new resources to help drive our ongoing commitment to university students, staff, graduates and their families.

Throughout the university year, we keep involved with the university sector through a number of events and sponsorships. Read more about current events that UniBank is involved in our Money Matters Newsletter.


Sponsorship and awards

As part of our commitment to giving back to the university community, UniBank is continually engaging with Universities across Australia to identify new ways we can support events, awards and other university programs.

Most recently we have had the honour of being involved with the following initiatives:

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) (13 September 2017—University of Queensland and Customs House Brisbane Qld)

UniBank was the platinum sponsor for the 2017 three minute thesis competition where PhD students were challenged with presenting an 80,000 word thesis in three minutes. The University of Queensland founded 3MT which has become the longest running competition of its kind in the world. The main event was held at Customs House and there was also a live streaming event held at the University of Queensland. As part of UniBank’s support of the event, we sponsored a trivia quiz at the live streaming event which featured questions about the 3MT and UniBank.

Tertiary Education Management Conference (17-20 September 2017—Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne Vic.)

As the Welcome Sponsor of the Tertiary Education Management Conference, UniBank’s General Manager, Mike Lanzing had the opportunity to address delegates at the Welcome reception. The Conference was jointly hosted by the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) and the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) and attracted over 900 delegates. It is the only conference in the Australian tertiary sector which covers both the administrative, management and facilities functions at universities.

Australian University Games (Unigames) (25-29 September 2017—Gold Coast Qld)

Unigames is one of the largest student sporting events in Australia attracting approximately 9,000 university students from all over the country. As the major sponsor and banking partner of Unigames, UniBank had the opportunity to attend many of the sporting events and talk with athletes in-between their games. To help attendees have fun and fill in their down-time over the four days we ran a ‘Frispig’ challenge where they had to throw a Frisbee into a giant piggy bank. The winner from CQU was awarded a $5,000 UniBank account to go towards the cost of their studies.

UniBank has also had the honour of sponsoring and presenting a number of academic and professional excellence awards in recognition of the achievements of students and university staff.

Curtin University, WA

UniBank Psychology Award 2018

Recipient: Emily Fernandez

UniBank Research Foundation Prize 2018

Recipient: Stuart Chesher

UniBank Leadership Award 2018

Recipient: Alana Andreotti

Curtin University School of Marketing Best Undergraduate Lecturer Staff Award 2017

Recipient: Dr Sean Lee

Edith Cowan University, WA

UniBank Computing/Security Project Award 2018

Recipient: Jarryd Wimbridge

UniBank Science Project Award 2018

Recipient: Axel Werner

UniBank Student Contribution Award 2018

Recipient: Claire Quinlan

UniBank Women in Science Award 2018

Recipient: Claire Quinlan

UniBank Entrepreneurship Prize 2017

Recipient: Jason Balchand

UniBank Strategic Management Prize 2017

Recipient: Amy Goodrick

Murdoch University, WA

UniBank Prize in Nursing 2017

Recipient: Leanne Neira

UniBank Prize in Environmental Management and Sustainability 2016

Recipient: Michelle Keppel

UniBank Prize in Mental Health Nursing 2016

Recipient: Cassidy Wiseman

UniBank Prize in Indigenous Health 2016

Recipient: Anita Thornbury

University of Notre Dame, WA

UniBank Prize in Excellence in Clinical Nursing 2018

Recipient: Jemma Beardsley

University of Western Australia, WA

Business School Excellence in Teaching Award in the category of UniBank Undergraduate Coursework—Large Class 2016

Recipient: Dr Daniel Schepis

Tackling poverty

The Bank is a Platinum sponsor of international development agency CUFA, an issue UniBank staff are proud to support. The CUFA vision is for communities of the Asia Pacific region to be free of poverty through economic development and self-determination.

CUFA has been working with communities in the Asia Pacific for over 40 years. Their programs focus on helping people lift themselves out of poverty by providing access to financial services and education, and helping people to grow micro-businesses.

We invested $60,000 into the CUFA Cambodia Financial Literacy Project to help provide education programs to 10,000 primary school children via 200 teachers in 500 classroom lessons.

The ‘Banking on the Future’ report details the Children’s Financial Literacy Project in partnership with international aid agency, CUFA.

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