Stephen Parnaby was the Administration Officer in the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre from 1999 until 2014. An alumnus of UNSW, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1977 and, after a career in the public service, he returned to work in the Faculty in 1999. For generations of students since then, Stephen was the human face of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. He was highly regarded and much-loved by colleagues and students past and present. Stephen collapsed and died suddenly while at work on 11 February 2014, at age 59.
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences has established this award to commemorate Stephen’s life, and to honour the exceptional contribution he made to UNSW and its students.The Award will be granted to an undergraduate student enrolled in any Arts & Social Sciences degree, or a dual degree, who is experiencing social or economic hardship which may adversely affect their ability to complete their program successfully. The amount of student support provided will depend upon how much we can raise in funds for the award. Our aim is to grant the award to one student per year, at a value of $2,000.
UNSW staff can donate to the Stephen Parnaby Memorial Award through the ‘Workplace Giving’ scheme. This is a simple and very effective way of making a donation through automated pre-tax payroll deductions to UNSW, which means that you receive an immediate tax deduction from your fortnightly wage. If 100 of us were to donate $20 per month (pre-tax) for the next two years, that would generate an endowment fund of $48,000 in Stephen’s name, which would enable us to offer the $2,000 award annually for the foreseeable future. Visit the UNSW Workplace Giving Program for more information.