Institute student discusses the importance of philanthropy

29 February 2016


Janie Gammans, a first year student taking the BA degree in Archaeology with a Year Abroad, participated in the UCL Annual Scholarships and Bursaries Reception to mark philanthropy month at UCL.

President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur opened the event, which was held on 1 February 2016, with a warm welcome to all the donors, staff and recipients in attendance. He discussed the importance of the UCL Philanthropic Campaign and the university’s achievement as one of the top universities at fundraising in the UK this year.

Janie, who is a recipient of the Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Scholarship, described how of the 9 million young people aged 14-24 in the UK, approximately 30% are living in poverty. She noted that she had experienced more misfortune than most but has now channeled this into her studies with the help of her scholarship.

As Janie indicated in her speech to the donors present:

  • I am here because it is your money that has changed lives. Through growing up, my early childhood has been coloured by what one can only describe as great misfortune, UCL in particular has offered me a clean break…The day I received the Malcolm Grant Scholarship on the 25th of September 2015 was the day that all fears and apprehensions were eradicated and swept away”.

The Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Scholarship is awarded annually to promising students from the UK and around the world who demonstrate financial need.  Both undergraduate and Masters students are eligible to apply, with preference given to those who show leadership as well as having financial need.  


Watch Janie's speech at the UCL Annual Scholarship and Bursaries Reception (February 2016)