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Awards enable talented SCI students to study at UEA

2017 UEA scholarship awardees

Donor scholarships are making it possible for some of the brightest students in the region to further their studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA). This year’s Scholarships Reception, on Friday 3 March, saw 26 Norfolk and Suffolk students receive £188,351 in scholarship awards.

A total of 68 students were given £276,000 in funding, awarded to gifted and talented young people who might not otherwise be able to afford to continue their studies. The scholarships are made through The Difference Campaign, which was established five years ago and has so far supported more than 500 individuals.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, many of whom are former UEA students or local businesses, we’ve been able to give opportunities to many deserving undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in a wide variety of disciplines,” said Prof David Richardson, UEA’s Vice-Chancellor. “The awards make a profound impact on these students - our future doctors, authors, meteorologists, historians and philosophers.

“We believe passionately in enabling young people from all backgrounds to follow their dreams and nurture their talents and I’d like to thank our generous donors for the great gift that they’ve given to this year’s scholars.”

New scholarships in 2017 include the Context Consulting UK Studentship, established for a PhD student in the Norwich Business School by alumnus Phil Cooper, with the first award going to Ross Cameron; the Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Scholarship for an MSc Climate Change student, awarded to Christopher Friedler; the Chauntry Scholarship in Computing Science, awarded by alumnus Ray Vaughn and Chauntry Ltd to undergraduate student Francesco Vincitore, and author Annabelle Abbs’ Creative Writing scholarship, awarded to Fiona Sinclair.

Local scholarship winners include Josh Cork, from Caister-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth, who received the John Jarrold Trust award for Environmental Sciences. “I see my scholarship as an opportunity to help expand my studies even further and a way to access extra content outside my lectures,” he said.

Rachael Grant received a The Difference post-graduate scholarship in International Development after being inspired to change her career from nursing to women and children’s health education following a working visit to Malawi. “The fact that both children and adults were still dying of HIV/AIDs, TB, dysentery and malaria was shocking,” she said. “But what was more shocking was the completely treatable and preventable nature of the majority of these diseases. On my return home to East Anglia I realised that I wanted my career to take a different route and focus on the health and wellbeing of people in low income countries. This support has allowed me to pursue my dream.”

Victoria Phillips a former UEA student who, with her sons, founded the Paul Head Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences in memory of her husband – awarded to Gemma Galletly, gave the keynote speech. “We hope that through funding a scholarship we can help qualified students who might otherwise be deterred from benefitting from the opportunities offered at UEA,” she said. “UEA’s donor scholarships ensure that this and future generations of students can achieve their potential and, quite simply, ‘be brilliant.”