More About the Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust

The Waikato Graduate Women Charitable Trust traces its origins to the early 1960s, when local members of the Federation of University Women formed a committee to sew academic hoods and hire regalia.  Their work was entirely voluntary and the profits were used to support women students through grants and awards. 

In the late 1980s a Charitable Trust was established, administered by Federation members, and by the mid 1990s two part time employees were appointed as the workload had become too great for the volunteers. 

Today the Trust is an independent body that administers a sizable business.  However, its mission has not changed.  It is committed to helping women further their education by providing scholarships and awards open to women students of tertiary institutions across the region.

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For a list of awards click the link below.  




Meet the Trustees

Noeline Alcorn - Trust Chair
Alcorn Noeline Oct 2010WEB Noeline has wide experience in the education sector, including 14 years as Dean of Education at the University of Waikato.  She has published widely in educational history and policy and has chaired a number of national educational committees.  She has a long-term commitment to promoting educational opportunities for women and was awarded a Suffrage Medal in 1993.  In 2006 she was awarded a QSO. 
Noeline holds a PhD from the University of California, an MA from the University of Canterbury and a BA from Victoria University of Wellington.  She has been a member of the Federation of University Women since the early 1960s. 
Jo Bailey
  Jo Bailey, General Manager, Waikato Institute for Leisure & Sport Studies Trust (BBS, GradDip Mgtst, MScRBP)

I have managed an educational charitable trust for the past 17 years and have enjoyed many Board tenures over the years including Volunteering Waikato, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Franchise, Royal New Zealand Aero Club Association, Waikato Regional Transport Committee, Aviation Travel Tourism Training Organisation, Skills Active and NZQA.  My passion lies with education and seeing people develop and grow from participating in education from community to tertiary levels.   I love seeing individuals, families/whanau and communities transform through the act of participating in education and learning.


Anne McKim
Anne McKim

Anne has worked in the tertiary sector for over 30 years. She is Professor of English at Waikato University and has held positions overseas, including Academic Visitor at the University of South Carolina and Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. She has also been an educational researcher (2006-12) on a wide range of projects and from 2012-14 has been part of a multidisciplinary project, Re-Envisioning Tertiary Education, focused on threshold concepts.

Anne has a PhD from Edinburgh University, an MA from Manitoba University and an MA (Hons) from Dundee University. She joined NZFUW in the 1990s.
Sharyn Bell

Sharyn Bell currently employed as the Director of Staples Rodway Chartered Accountants has a particular interest in small/medium size businesses and working alongside owner/operators and assisting them in all aspects of their businesses.

Sharyn has a Bachelor of Management Studies.

Jan Martin0233 copy Jan enjoys helping others to reach their potential.  She is involved in leadership development through her job as the Director of the Institute of Professional Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato and through her involvement with the Rotary Youth Leadership Programme.

Jan’s role involves supporting a team of professional learning facilitators who work with school leaders and teachers throughout New Zealand to improve outcomes for students in a variety of learning areas including school leadership, assessment, science, literacy and mathematics.

Jan has a rural background and appreciates both the challenges of distance education and the benefits of reliable internet connections.

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