Bath Wheelchair Basketball

Alumni Fund Grants make impact across campus

Projects across campus will benefit from an injection of funding thanks to generous donations from our alumni community. Here are just three of the projects to have received Alumni Fund support in the latest round:

Brain tumour research

Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common type of brain tumour in adults. Fewer than one in 10 people live longer than five years after diagnosis, and the lack of advancement in treatment options in the last decade has emphasised an urgent need to find novel therapies.

Scientists in our Department for Biology & Biochemistry have discovered a novel enzyme important for cell growth and proliferation, which could have the potential to become a game-changing treatment for GBM.

An Alumni Fund Grant will help the team collect more data on GBM cells and clinical samples, that will then help them to begin working towards innovative drug targeting and therapies that could rapidly benefit brain tumour patients.

Wheelchair Basketball

Out of the 49 sports currently available at Bath, wheelchair basketball is the only specific disability sport on offer. Able-bodied and disabled students compete and play together at a social and competitive level, and in this last year alone, around 50 students tried the sport for the first time.

A full squad of 12 went on to represent the University at the BWB National Championships, coached by a current GB Junior athlete. The team placed fourth against universities who have recognised wheelchair basketball athletes – an outstanding achievement for a team that has only existed for three years.

The team received an Alumni Fund Grant to invest in a set of 12 new wheelchairs.

Green Bath Racing

Every year a group of engineering students, undergraduate and postgraduate, work together to design and build an ultra-efficient vehicle. The project forms part of the third year students Group Business and Design Project and counts towards 30 credits for their degrees.

The team have been the UK’s highest placed team at the European Shell Eco-marathon event in London, which attracts over 200 school and university teams and 18,000 spectators.

An Alumni Fund Grant will help the students to develop the prototype vehicle for the 2017-18 season.

Apply for an Alumni Fund Grant

Do you have a great project that you think might be eligible for an Alumni Fund Grant? Find out more about the Fund and how to apply

The deadline for this round of applications is Monday 4 September.

Get help with your application

Alumni Fund Grants support projects across campus, from SU clubs and societies to ground-breaking research, with grants anything from a few hundred to thousands of pounds. The Panel are looking for innovative and engaging projects that improve the student experience and help to make the world a better place. The team will be hosting a drop in session for those looking to apply for an Alumni Fund Grant in the current funding round:

Alumni Fund Grant Advice Drop In
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Room 2.2D, East Building

Please book an appointment ahead of coming along.

Alternatively, if you can’t make this time, please contact Annual Fund Manager, Victoria Reynolds-Ward, on x6922 to arrange a time to talk.


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