The Winthrop Society

Celebrating our generous benefactors

Join our community

The Winthrop Society is an acknowledgement of our supporters who have included a gift to the University in their Will.

We welcome you

The Society comprises alumni and supporters that have left gifts to the University in their Will and are happy to be recognised for their contributions. 

As a Society member, you can enjoy the benefits of engaging with UWA and receive gratitude for your generosity from the students and academics you have supported.

Established in 2007 and named after UWA’s first Chancellor, Sir John Winthrop Hackett KCMG the Society was founded under the auspices of the 14th Chancellor, Dr Michael Chaney AO CitWA; its patron today is Chancellor The Hon Robert French AC.

Let us know

Do you intend to leave a gift in your Will for the University? Or perhaps you already have. By letting us know your intentions, we can invite you to join the Winthrop Society.

We are always keen to acknowledge the support of our bequestors. However, we respect those who wish to keep their intentions private. 

Join us for inspiring talks and concerts

Throughout the year, we invite Society members to events at the University. Events range from public lectures, thought-provoking seminars and entertaining concerts that aim to engage with all parts of UWA. Of particular note are exclusive presentations for the Winthrop Society by UWA researchers, which provide the opportunity to engage with academics who are at the cutting edge of their fields.

Some of the recent talks held by our academics for the Winthrop Society:

  • Professor Graeme Martin (UWA School of Agriculture and Environment) spoke about the UWA Future Farm project. He explained how UWA Agriculture researchers at UWA’s working farm in Pingelly are working towards the ideal farming system for 2050. 
  • Dr Liz Barbour (CEO, the Cooperative Research Centre on Honeybee Products) and head beekeeper Tiffany Bates spoke about the success of the honeybee in WA. They brought along a ‘show’ beehive and some delicious samples of honey made by UWA’s bees, from flowers at UWA’s Crawley campus!
  • Professor Susan Broomhall (ARC Future Fellow and Professor of History) spoke about her world-first research into the diplomatic correspondence of Catherine de’ Medici.
  • Associate Professor Ullrich Ecker (School of Psychological Science) spoke about the psychology of truth and misinformation. He discussed why we find it so difficult to correct untruths, and what this all means in the age of ‘post-truth’.

Meet the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor

Each year, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor host the Winthrop Society High Tea, in acknowledgement of the generosity of UWA Alumni and supporters that have left a bequest in their Will.

This keystone event in the University's calendar has previously been held at UWA landmarks including the Oceans Institute and the Conservatorium of Music.

How can we help?

Discuss your intention in confidence with the Bequest team.