Alumni & friends

Student Services Centre gets a new name

Tue Mar 10 10:30:00 GMT 2015

Roper CentreThe contribution of long-time supporters and friends of the University, Brian and Margaret Roper, was recognised in the naming of the Roper Student Services Centre last month. 

This is the first time the University has named a building after individual donors, which reflects the lasting impact they have both made.

Head of Student Services, Anthony Payne, is delighted with the new name. He said, “Like Brian and Margaret, we believe in the power of education to change lives. The Roper Student Services Centre will continue to enable students to excel both academically and personally during their time at Bath.”

Brian and Margaret’s philanthropy is truly exceptional with wide-ranging gifts of over half a million pounds. Their scholarship fund enables students from low income backgrounds to study with us. They have supported 166 undergraduates so far, taking a personal interest in every scholar.

Rebecca Whysall is proud to be one of the Roper scholars. She said, “I remember asking Brian why he strove to help others and his answer was simply, why not?  Meeting the Ropers and seeing how modest they are, has taught me to fully appreciate all the opportunities I receive.”

Brian set up his company, Roper Rhodes Ltd, in Bath in 1979. The company became the UK’s leading independent supplier of bathroom furniture and Brian became well known locally as one of Bath’s major employers. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by the University. He received a much deserved MBE in 2008 for the support he gave to a wide variety of local charities.

Sadly, Brian passed away in May 2014 and is greatly missed by both staff and students at the University. The Roper Student Services Centre will ensure his legacy lives on at Bath.