Bath backs national Donor Pin Week

The University of Bath is backing national Donor Pin Week as a way of celebrating the many generous donors who have helped to support its groundbreaking work over the past 12 months.

This annual event, now in its fourth year, helps to recognise and celebrate the enormous impact that donations and charitable gifts to universities have each year.

Around 8,000 donors across the UK have received donor pins to wear with pride as part of this nationwide scheme, including over 100 new donors who have each contributed gifts and donations of at least £1,000 to Bath during the past year.

Siôn Lutley, Director of Development & Alumni Relations at the University of Bath, said: “The generosity of our donors is having a tremendous impact on the day-to-day life of our students. It is also helping to fund world-leading research here in Bath such as our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies that is finding innovative ways to reduce our carbon emissions.

“Despite the recent economic uncertainty, the University has had a record fundraising year raising nearly £4.5 million. We also received our first £1 million gift thanks to Roger and Sue Whorrod and are looking forward to awarding 200 scholarships and bursaries this year to students studying at the University, twice as many as last year.

“The donor pins are a very simple way of recognising the support of individuals whilst hopefully encouraging others to give.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell said: “The generosity of our alumni and other friends never ceases to impress me.

“This is driven home to me on a daily basis when I see how our students, staff and local community are benefiting from the philanthropic support we receive and how it is enriching their lives.

“Over 1,800 people gave to the University of Bath last year and particularly in these challenging financial times donations, whatever their size, are more important than ever. The University very much appreciates each and every one.”

Examples of recent donations and gifts to the University include:

  • Dr Michael Froggatt, a friend of the University, has made two gifts to support research into nanoscience – a field which is pushing the boundaries in electronics and computing. He said: I made this donation because I believe that recent results show the University of Bath punches well above its weight in international quality research, and that the competitiveness of the UK as a whole is enhanced by having as many universities as possible delivering this level of work.”
  • Tony Hall (BSc Economics 2001) set up the Victor Hall Scholarship. He said: This scholarship is named after my father who has taught me so much. I hope my gift will have a real impact on the scholars’ lives. I want to allow them to excel in an educationally stimulating environment with less financial burden on their shoulders, something I was lucky enough to have.”
  • Nigel Smith (BSc Chemistry 1982) created the Nigel Smith Accounting and Finance Scholarship. He said: “While this gift was not made to the faculty where I studied at Bath, it is in the field where I have made my career and where many Bath students, whatever their degree disciplines, will do so. For today’s student, financing a university education is considerably more challenging than for my own generation and I hope the result of my gift will be, in a modest way, to encourage academically able students to choose to study at Bath.
  • Stuart Appleton (BSc Social Sciences 1976) has created the Stuart Appleton Asia/Pacific Master’s Scholarship. He said: “I wanted to recognise the excellent foundation for life that the University of Bath provided me and to endow a postgraduate scholarship for an area of the world that I have both worked in and enjoyed in my leisure time.”

To find out more about gifts and donations visit the Development & Alumni Relations webpages at: http://alumni.bath.ac.uk/giving

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