A global conscience
Your donations are helping the University to make a positive impact on a worldwide scale.
Research has the power to influence policy and change our world for the better – and your support is where it all starts. Recently, Dr Roy Maconachie from our Centre for Development Studies co-produced an award-winning film about diamond miners in Sierra Leone, titled Voices of the Mine. The film was funded by Humanity United, whose founding President and former CEO is alumnus and honorary graduate Randy Newcomb. It has since been showcased to policymakers at the United Nations and scooped a Higher Education Oscar.
Philanthropic support also creates opportunities for students from some of the world’s poorest areas to receive a first-class education. Our growing number of scholarship programmes, bursaries and awards means that more and more people can fulfil their potential.
Through a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, donors and the University, we provide scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries, such as Ibrahim Hakeem who graduated with a Master’s in Sustainable Chemical Engineering.
“Getting an internationally recognised degree has been a lifelong dream for me,” he says. “Thanks to my sponsors and the University for providing me with opportunities that are rarely available to students in Nigeria.”
When the Syrian civil war prevented teenager Ghazala Al Ous from going to school, she trained as a midwife to help the village doctor with the overwhelming number of patients. The experience left Ghazala with a drive to work in medicine but her plans were derailed when she was forced to flee her homeland.
With our support, she is now studying Biomedical Sciences and finally able to pursue her ambitions. We offer nonrepayable Refugee Bursaries and one of our 50 Gold Scholarships, supported by alumni and friends, is reserved for refugees. “I can’t tell you how happy I was,” she says. “I felt that I was in safe hands to start my degree.”
The University also offers Sanctuary Scholarships for master’s students who are seeking asylum in the UK, waiving the cost of tuition and providing a £15,000 bursary. Unlike refugees, asylum seekers are not usually eligible for student loans and must pay international tuition fees.