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Donors and scholars at Charter Day
Donors and scholars at Charter Day
photo by Nic Delves Broughton, University Photographer
Listen to the podact of Professor Szekely's talk
Listen to the podact of Professor Szekely's talk

Internal News - 19 October 2007

University thanks donors at first Charter Day

A special celebration to thank the people who have given a total of £330,000 or pledged legacies to the University this year was held on campus recently.

The money, which includes more than £100,000 donated by former students through the Alumni Fund, is used to fund scholarships and support student activities.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, hosted around 50 donors and their guests at the newly created ‘Charter Day’.

Professor Tamás Székely from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry opened the event with a lecture on ‘Conflict & cooperation: a short guide to the family life of birds’.

Student Alex Nicholson-Evans outlined the wide-ranging student entrepreneurial and enterprise activities on campus, many of them supported by the Alumni Fund.

Guests had the opportunity to lunch with academics and some of the 55 students who have received financial support through the fund this year.

Academic merit awards of £1,000 were made to 47 students and donations will also go towards the University’s bursary scheme which gives up to £1,500 per year to students whose families are least able to provide them with financial support.

Students accompanied over 50 people (many of them alumni) on campus tours taking in the library, Sports Training Village and site of the planned new arts complex, during the event.