Congratulations to everyone who graduated from UEA this summer, especially those who had been supported during their time here by our scholarship donors, three of which are featured below.
Joseph Pease, a recipient of the Medical Aspirations Scholarship, who began his degree in 2012, has graduated with distinction from the Norwich Medical School. He is now looking forward to starting an academic training programme in Norwich incorporating respiratory medicine, vascular surgery, gastroenterology and older people’s medicine, as well as spending time in the high dependency unit which will provide valuable experience as he prepares to specialise in anaesthesia.
The Medical Aspirations Programme is generously supported by UEA alumnus David Tibble (SOC70) and enables students from non-traditional medical backgrounds to study for the MBBS degree in Medicine. In thanking David for his support, Joe said: “I am very fortunate and grateful to have been able to attend the Medical Aspirations Residential back in 2011, as I don't think otherwise I would have ever pictured myself achieving a degree in medicine and about to start my first job. To have had that opportunity to go into medicine, and then to not have to worry about the financial aspects of a five year degree, was incredibly important to me and very generous of you to support. It has always motivated me to do my best and seek out as many opportunities within medicine as possible. Thanks to you, there is now one more (very appreciative) new doctor in the NHS.”
Lt Col Chuck Walker was a former Liberator pilot who flew 35 missions during the war, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Croix de Guerre. In retirement, Lt Col Walker became a trustee of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust. When Lt Col Walker passed away in 2014, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust established a scholarship in his name.
In 2015, The Colonel Charles L Walker Scholarship was awarded to Kate Feenstra and Kate graduated in July with a BA (Hons) degree in American Literature with Creative Writing. Her scholarship supported her on her year abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. On her return to UEA Kate reiterated her initial thanks to the Trust: “I want to thank the Trust for their support and financial help throughout the year, which was a massive help when budgeting and organising my year abroad. It means so much that I received the award and I hope the next recipient realises how lucky they are to receive money from truly caring people!”
Liam Bird received the Panasonic Scholarship in Engineering when he arrived at UEA in 2013 and has graduated this year with a starred first class honours degree in Energy Engineering with Environmental Management. The Panasonic Scholarship in Engineering is one of two scholarships supported by Panasonic and Snellings Business Systems, the other being The Panasonic Scholarship which supports a student undertaking a degree in the Faculty of Science.
Liam said: “Receiving the Panasonic Scholarship in Engineering has been instrumental in enabling me to pursue my interest in graphene and related materials. Being part of a small and rapidly developing engineering department at UEA has presented unique opportunities, which I have been able to take advantage of thanks to the funding and support provided by the Panasonic Scholarship. The ability to purchase resources including an optical USB microscope, a molecular modelling kit and a variety of specialist textbooks and books providing entry-level introductions to topics I have not formally studied has enabled me to develop my knowledge and skills beyond the scope of my degree programme. The support I have received from Panasonic and Snellings Business Systems will continue to be invaluable as I continue to study this field in greater depth in the future and continue to develop my interests as a scientist and engineer.”