Celebrate University – Business Collaborations

Celebrate University – Business Collaborations

daniel mcdiarmid bhert awards westpac bicentennial foundation

bhert-logoCollaboration and links between businesses and universities have huge benefits. AskRIGHT recognises these great collaborative efforts by proudly sponsoring each year the B/HERT Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Higher Education.

Established in 1998, the B/HERT Awards distinguish outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research and development.

The 2015 Award Dinner was held on Tuesday 17 November in Melbourne.

This year’s Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education Award was awarded to the Westpac Banking Corporation for their project Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. Westpac Group launched the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation to create the single largest private education scholarship programme in Australia’s history.

Westpac was nominated by the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.

The University of Newcastle Singapore Alumni received an Honourable Mention for their project Remembering ‘the source of water’.

AskRIGHT Principal Consultant Daniel McDiarmid commented:

The awards this year continue to show the rich variation that is philanthropy. Over the years the awards have recognised individuals, family foundations, companies, and now a major company foundation. I hope Westpac has begun a trend for corporations to celebrate milestone achievements by making a major investment in education for the community.”

The University of Newcastle’s nomination of its energetic and generous alumni shows another aspect of philanthropic support that is growing.”


daniel mcdiarmid bhert awards westpac bicentennial foundation

Daniel McDiarmid with Susan Bannigan, CEO Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

daniel mcdiarmid bhert awards University of Newcastle

Daniel McDiarmid with University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen and Director of Development, Rebecca Hazell


AskRIGHT want to congratulate the teams involved in these two projects, as well as the other winners of the night and B/HERT for driving Australian innovation.