Sustainable future in the hands of bright minds

30 Jul 2020

2020 marks the beginning of an exciting new era at The University of Queensland, as the first cohorts of Liveris Academy Scholars take their place as future leaders in sustainability.

A $13.5 million donation in 2017 from UQ alumnus Andrew Liveris AO and his wife Paula Liveris led to the formal establishment of the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership last year.

This funding supports high-achieving undergraduate engineering students who have already demonstrated leadership potential, a clear passion for sustainability and the potential to solve pressing problems through large-scale innovation.

The scholarships nurture their talent, passion and courage, and allow them to develop into outstanding engineering scholars and thought-leaders in the field of global sustainability.

UQ will be awarding up to five new scholarships each year as the Academy expands its impact through a vibrant and growing community of Liveris Scholars and Academy Alumni.

The scholarship recipients will be supported by a program of events, activities and mentoring and will be housed in the $157 million Andrew N. Liveris Building, which is due for completion in 2021.

The first 10 Liveris Academy Scholars were formally welcomed in February 2020 by Andrew and Paula Liveris, as well as the UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC, and the Academy’s inaugural Director and sustainable energy expert, Professor Peta Ashworth OAM.

“Our Liveris Scholars will benefit from a unique student experience including leadership training, targeted professional practice placements, as well as mentoring from global leaders representing industry, entrepreneurship and policy/humanitarian fields,” said Professor Ashworth, pictured with Liveris Academy Scholars.

2019 cohort

James Orman, Flynn Pearman, Victoria Barnes, Javan McGuckin, and Lilly Van Gilst.

2020 cohort

Simeon Gover, Thomas Heath, Megan Jones, Esandi Kalugalage, and Amber Spurway.

For more information about the Andrew N. Liveris Academy, please visit