Your Impact is the annual report for supporters of the University of Bath. Produced by the Department of Development & Alumni Relations, it celebrates the difference that philanthropic gifts make to our students and researchers, and the 2019-20 academic year was exceptional. Here are just a handful of ways our community supported each other.

Supporting student hardship

In a year where there was more demand than ever placed on the Student Hardship Fund, staff, alumni, and friends came together and raised over £140,000 through our crowdfunding appeals. This incredible achievement meant that students facing immediate financial difficulty from lockdown measures received support when they needed it the most.

Protecting frontline workers

At the start of the pandemic, when staff volunteered to create PPE for the NHS, our local businesses and donors stepped in to bolster their efforts. They gave a total of £81,340 to support the production of over 200,000 items of PPE. In addition, the volunteers received donations of much-needed materials and morale-boosting baked goods and beverages.

Keeping research going

Millions of children miss out on life-saving inoculations because vaccines spoil when not refrigerated. However, Dr Asel Sartbaeva and her team have developed a pioneering technology using a silica coating to keep vaccines stable up to 100°C. Donor generosity created PhD and post-doctoral positions that propelled the project forward.

Giving the gift of opportunity

Thanks to our donors, 462 students are currently benefiting from a scholarship at Bath. Initiatives such as the Gold Scholarship Programme break down barriers to education and enable the brightest students to study at Bath, regardless of background. 2,225 donors, £2.79m raised

Head of Alumni Engagement, Molly Southwood, says: “It’s been heartening to see how our alumni, friends and corporate partners have stepped in to help our students and researchers, especially in times like these.

“Many have also volunteered their time at our Get Connected careers events online, and as Experts on Bath Connection. It truly has made all the difference.”