Alumni contribution to University life celebrated

Over 300 alumni, donors, friends, staff and scholars gathered earlier this week to celebrate the generosity of our donors and success of our scholars at the University’s Annual Scholarships Reception.

Adiba Hussain, medical student, Cheney Scholar & Intercalated Scholar


The event reflected on the breadth and depth of support provided by our alumni and donors.

Speaking at the event, Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands said, “822 students are studying at Leeds today thanks to scholarships made possible by our alumni.  The impact of every one of these scholarships goes far beyond the individual student it supports.  Many scholars are dedicated to ‘giving back’, particularly within the local community in Leeds.

“Scholarships provide opportunities for students to be involved in research during their undergraduate studies and they enable our most entrepreneurial students to turn their bright ideas into thriving businesses.

“Our research, our investment in our campus and the LeedsforLife programme also benefit from alumni support.”

Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said, “When our alumni fund a scholarship for a talented student from a disadvantaged background they are giving them a chance to realise a future they may have thought was out of reach.  For many students, it’s not just the practical and financial support that scholars receive but the knowledge that someone believes in them that inspires them.”

The guests heard from several of the scholars they have supported.

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