Scholarships Reception 2015 at the Modern Life Cafe: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The annual Scholarships Reception took place on Friday 6 March hosted by Vice-Chancellor David Richardson. Scholarship donors, winners, and their guests attended the celebratory event which was held at the Modern Life Café in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Professor Richardson delivered a welcome address to guests, and was followed by Paul Tucker (SYS90), donor of the Paul Tucker Scholarship, who spoke about his time at UEA, his enjoyment in being able to provide a scholarship, and his current career as Partner at Egerton Capital.

Sean Harbottle, recipient of one of ‘The Difference’ Undergraduate Scholarships, then spoke about how his scholarship had made an impact on his academic career. Sean is studying American History, and has interests in music, theatre, and creative writing. For Sean, circumstances at home meant that he had considered not coming to university at all. “I know everyone says it’s the best loan of your life, but it’s still a loan. I wanted to go out and meet new people and get immersed in American History, but I didn’t want to limit what I could do.” Thanks to ‘The Difference’ Scholarships, Sean is making the most of his university experience whilst working on his third full-length album, and is undertaking the lead role in a student drama being taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. Sean ended the speech by thanking all ‘The Difference’ donors for their contributions, not only to his scholarship, but on behalf of all recipients of ‘The Difference’ Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships.

Donors and Recipients of ‘The Difference’ Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships

Following the ceremony, a drinks reception was held in the Modern Life Café at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Recipients then had the opportunity to meet with donors and thank them for their generous support.

Dominic Christian (SOC79) and Catherine Healy (HIS), recipient of the Dominic Christian Scholarship

Our thanks go to our individual donors, whose generosity ensures that bright young minds are able to attend university or to continue in their higher education studies. Our thanks also go to alumni and friends of the University who have chosen to make a one-off or regular donation to Scholarships within The Difference Campaign since 2009. The Difference’ Scholarships were awarded to 15 students from low-income backgrounds who would otherwise not have had the means either to come to university, or to continue in their studies by undertaking a postgraduate course.