Building a legacy

The contribution of long-time supporters and friends of the University, Brian and Margaret Roper, was literally set in stone when we named the Roper Student Services Centre.

It marked the first time that we have named a part of the University after an individual donor, and reflects the lasting impact they have both made.

Brian and Margaret’s philanthropy is truly exceptional, with wide-ranging gifts of over half a million pounds. So far, their scholarship fund has supported 166 students from low income backgrounds and the Ropers have taken a personal interest in each and every one.

Rebecca Whysall is proud to be one of the Roper scholars: “I remember asking Brian why he strove to help others and his answer was simply, ‘Why not?’ Meeting the Ropers and seeing how modest they are has taught me to fully appreciate all the opportunities I receive.”

Brian set up his company, Roper Rhodes Ltd, in Bath in 1979. The company became the UK’s leading independent supplier of bathroom furniture and Brian became well known locally as one of Bath’s major employers. He received an MBE in 2008 for the support he gave to a wide variety of local charities, and in 2009 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by the University.

Sadly, Brian passed away in May last year and is greatly missed by everyone who knew him. The Roper Student Services Centre will ensure his, and Margaret’s, legacy lives on at the University.

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