Stronger together at the Invictus Games

The UNSW Disability Innovation Institute is pleased to be working with UNSW Canberra, UNSW Equity and Diversity and other stakeholders to support the Invictus Games, being held in Sydney this week.

The Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of those who serve their country. The Games also celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends in the recovery process.

To celebrate the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, UNSW will match donations to the UNSW Veterans Scholarship program this week, doubling the impact of gifts to support this valuable program.

UNSW Canberra, a Premier Partner and the Official University Partner of the Invictus Games, established the education initiative to support veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life. The scholarship also recognises UNSW Canberra’s longstanding partnership with the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Until 27 October, UNSW will match up to $125,000 of gifts, allowing donors to double their impact.

The scholarship is specifically designed to alleviate the financial burden of studying at university - one of the main barriers veterans face in accessing higher education.

UNSW Canberra Rector, Professor Michael Frater, hopes the scholarship will help provide recipients with a new sense of purpose and build their career prospects as they enter the civilian workforce.

“A career in the military is inherently one that requires a transition to other employment because very few people stay in the military through to retirement. Most of these veterans are still young, with the majority of their working lives ahead of them,” Professor Frater says.

“When we talk about people transitioning from military life to civilian life, we tend to think about a change in lifestyle, rather than employment. Education is often missing from the conversation, and we hope to change that.”

As part of a broader program aimed at easing the shift from military service to civilian life, UNSW is also launching a mentoring program for UNSW alumni veterans.

The program will partner veterans with others who have been through the experience of transitioning so they can share their journey with a peer who understands the specific challenges involved.

The scholarship is open to all former and current Australian service personnel who are transitioning to civilian life, or their dependents, who are experiencing disadvantage. Recipients can be students accepted into an undergraduate or postgraduate course at either UNSW Sydney or UNSW Canberra.

“The Invictus Games supports our wounded warriors and their families by raising awareness of life after service and highlighting the difficulties they face in transition to new careers,” Professor Frater says.

“We hope to carry on that legacy at UNSW Canberra.”

To double the impact of your donation, visit and give generously this week.

To keep up to date with UNSW and the Invictus Games visit UNSW Canberra's website and follow them on Twitter  #IG2018.