UNSW Chancellor David Gonski and Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer have honoured eight new major donors who have each given more than $1 million to the University. They join the 30 distinguished million dollar-plus donors who were honoured in 2009.

"Tonight we honour and stand among friends," said Mr Gonski, speaking at a special event held at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. "Donors to the University make a huge difference whether it is through time or money. Each of our donors contributes to the richness of this University through their involvement with UNSW."

The Vice-Chancellor said donor support was vital to the University's success.

"Many of our projects such as the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Tyree Energy Technologies Building, along with investment in groundbreaking research and in scholarships for students, are supported by philanthropic giving to UNSW," Professor Hilmer said.

UNSW attracted record philanthropic support in 2009 with a 40 percent increase in the value of gifts and a 30 percent increase in the number of donors.

For the full list of million dollar-plus donors, check the Giving to UNSW website.

Contact: Nicky Lancaster, UNSW Foundation | n.lancaster@unsw.edu.au | 02 9385 8416