Bath backs national Donor Pin Week

We are backing national Donor Pin Week as a way of celebrating the many generous donors who have helped to support our groundbreaking work over the past 12 months.

Donor Pin Week is one way 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 nearly 100 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, said: “Philanthropy is increasingly important to all universities.  We are hugely encouraged that so many of our alumni and friends are keen to support our activities, whether through scholarships, advancing our research or enhancing the student experience.

“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:

  • Brian and Margaret Roper, Bath residents and friends of the University, have supported an outreach programme, taking the sports department’s fitness and exercise expertise into all the local primary schools.  With dedicated sessions aimed at local youngsters, and their teachers, this development will put sport and exercise at the centre of today’s schoolchildren’s experience.
  • Colin LeDuc (BSc Management 1993) created the Bill Le Duc PhD Scholarship in Sustainable Finance in memory of his father.  This PhD Scholarship will fund the living costs and fees of an outstanding candidate in a field of research close to the donor’s heart.
  • Kevin O’Sullivan OBE, a member of the University Council, has funded a new lecture series entitled “Ways of Thinking”.  The series is designed to attract speakers of the highest renown who will tackle an issue from an unusual perspective, encouraging the creation of the well-rounded graduate which Bath seeks to create.
  • Footballing alumni have collectively supported a bronze statuette of Ivor Powell to acknowledge the values that he brought in a four decade coaching career at the University.  Ray Kelvin (Hon. DBA 2007) and founder of Ted Baker, made the leadership gift to commemorate his support of football at Bath.

To find out more about gifts and donations visit the Development & Alumni Relations webpages.

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