What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is made up of donations of all sizes by alumni and friends who want to provide opportunities to students who need them the most.
Thanks to their generosity, the Annual Fund supports students through hardship bursaries, scholarships and projects. The Annual Fund is committed to widening opportunities for those from less advantaged backgrounds and enhancing their overall experience at university.
We are extremely grateful to you for your commitment to our students.
How can you help?
The Annual Fund focuses on providing support in the following two areas:
Student Support: Providing hardship bursaries and scholarships to students with the potential to succeed but are held back by financial worries.
To read about students that have benefitted from alumni support, visit our Blog.
Student Futures: Giving students tangible work experience and skills that will boost their CVs and make them stand out in the job market.
Centre of the Cell: Student Explainers
The Annual Fund supported the Centre of the Cell in employing medical and dental students as part-time Explainers. This project aims to develop students' skills while providing paid employment to those in financial need while benefitting the local community through teaching. The explainers deliver informative workshops to schools and families both on campus and in schools. The workshops provide invaluable mentoring and revision support to young people, many from a disadvantaged background with an interest in studying science, medicine and dentistry.
This has been an extremely successful project for everyone involved. The students have developed a range of skills, from improving interpersonal skills to management skills.
'My role at the Centre of the Cell has allowed me to further develop my communication skills, which is crucial for medicine. Also, it has enhanced my teaching skills, another important skill required in medicine. As we come across students of different age group and background, this has taught me how to adapt my communication skills appropriately according to the audience.' Farah, Medicine
'My role at Centre of the Cell has provided an invaluable source of income for me during my time at university, without which would have made my time here all the more difficult.' Matt, Dentistry
'Centre of the Cell gives students the opportunity to work with children and young people on a regular basis, which is an aspect of our future careers that most people do not have much experience. It has been valuable.' Ben, Medicine