The University held a socially distanced afternoon tea in the Claverton Rooms on Sunday 18 July to celebrate the graduation of our first intakes of Gold Scholars.

The event featured contributions from our graduating scholars – including a poem from Samekah Howard (BSc Computer Science 2021) and cupcakes made by Saima Ahmed (BSc International Management & Modern Languages Spanish 2021), who is currently establishing her own baking business, Dream Bake.

As well as enjoying refreshments with their families and friends and hearing from Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian White DL FREng and GSP Patron Margaret White, the scholars filled in postcards with their advice for the next academic year’s incoming Gold Scholars.

Solid support networks

Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor said: “To our Gold Scholars, as you approach the end of time at University, I hope you feel that you have found a supportive and lifelong community here at Bath."

He continued: "I ask you please to remember the many individuals in this room today who have been here to support you through your journey, and who have every faith that you will find success here at Bath and beyond."

Set up to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary, the Gold Scholarship Programme offers financial support, mentoring and personal development sessions to 50 young people per year from disadvantaged backgrounds.