Celebrating scholars’ success
In the grand Great Octagon of the Bath Assembly Rooms, scholars, donors and staff mingled at the University’s annual Scholarship Reception on 9 February.
The occasion is a chance to welcome our new scholars, celebrate achievements and thank our supporters who make it all possible, year on year. Thanks to philanthropic donations, we can currently provide 527 scholarships – giving students opportunities which help them to succeed in their time at Bath and beyond.
The historic Assembly Rooms was an appropriate setting to welcome our first 50 Gold Scholars into our ever growing scholarship community. The Gold Scholarship Programme, launched last year to mark the university’s 50th anniversary, provides 50 students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to thrive in an academic setting. In addition to financial support, a personal development plan nurtures students to develop skills and build confidence.
Gold Scholar, Rebekah Taylor, said: “Initially, I thought the scholarship ceremony would be quite intimidating. I was proved wrong straight away! The evening was relaxed and enjoyable, again helping to build my confidence in talking to people I don’t know.”
Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, welcomed over 100 of this year’s new scholars, encouraging them to become ambassadors for Bath.
Maths student and J.P. Morgan ‘Winning Women in Technology’ Scholar, Caitlin Ray, followed by emphasising the wealth of opportunities she’s been able to access thanks to her scholarship, including transforming her coding skills. Caitlin encouraged new scholars to say ‘yes’ to opportunities and capitalise on advice provided by mentors and others around them.
Our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, concluded by congratulating scholars on their achievements so far, and said that a scholarship was “a golden opportunity to succeed year after year”. She welcomed this year’s 17 PhD scholars – the largest cohort to date – whose research will impact generations to come. She also paid tribute to the success of the Look Further campaign which has received generous gifts totalling £63 million so far, one third of which goes towards scholarships. Finally, she offered sincere thanks to the University’s alumni and friends who have supported 1,750 students to study at Bath since her tenure began in 2001.
“A scholarship is a golden opportunity to succeed year after year.”
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor
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To find out more about scholarships please contact Stephanie Lear, Head of Individual Philanthropy within the Department of Development & Alumni Relations, at S.Lear@bath.ac.uk.