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Record number of new scholars welcomed to the University
Saturday 16 October 2010

One-hundred-and-twenty new scholars were welcomed to the University at our annual Charter Day. Students from across the faculties, under-and postgraduate alike, were presented to the Vice-Chancellor and awarded a certificate in front of a packed University Hall audience, made up of proud parents and donors.

All the scholars assembled with the Vice-Chancellor after the ceremony

This year saw a record number of scholarships awarded, made possible by the gifts from alumni and friends. Many of the scholarships have been created by individual donors, which allows them to focus on specific courses, or designed to reward particular merits.

Mitch (BSc Business Administration 1985) and Alison Moore pictured with the Mitch Moore Scholar in Business Administration, Jo Stovell, Business Administration 2010-14

This year, well-known local philanthropists, Brian and Margaret Roper, met the first 32 of their planned 100 undergraduate scholars, awarded to those students with exceptional promise but some financial disadvantage.

Charter Day is the annual occasion on which the University celebrates and thanks all its donors. Another record year of fundraising is testament to the affection and esteem in which the University is held by so many of its graduates.

This year, for the first time, three scholars addressed donors directly and gave personal insights into the effect their scholarships have had on them. Susan Mawemuko (MBA 2010, Steve Huckvale Postgraduate Scholar in Management), Karl Handscomb (Economics 2009-12, Lisa May Scholar) and Melissa Adams (Business Administration 2008-12, Victor Hall Scholar) all spoke movingly of their own experiences at University, and the opportunities their awards had provided.

The scholar speakers, Susan, Karl and Melissa, relaxing after giving their speeches!

This latest cohort of scholars brings the total number of scholars, funded out of gifts and currently studying at the University, to over 200. Sincere thanks are due to all those whose gifts have enabled these students to make the most of everything that a Bath education has to offer.

See a list of all this year's new scholars.

For more information, please contact Gavin Maggs, Head of Major Gifts, on g.maggs@bath.ac.uk or +44 (0)1225 383054.