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UCL welcomes guests for annual legacy celebration

14 June 2017

UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur recently hosted a special afternoon tea in the Housman Room to celebrate the impact of legacy giving to UCL.

Legacy Tea 2017

Speakers included Professor Susan Collins, Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, who spoke about the establishment of the School as a consequence of the legacy of Felix Slade. The Slade has been at the forefront of advances in the world of contemporary art since its foundation nearly a hundred and fifty years ago, with alumni including Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, and Winifred Knights. The establishment of the School also played a key role in the development of UCL, as due to the terms of Slade’s bequest UCL became the first university in England to admit female students on equal terms with men.

As well as allowing UCL to take bold new steps in education and research, legacies also play a vital role in providing scholarships, ensuring that the university can continue to provide a world-class education to the most talented students regardless of their gender, race, religion or background.

Guests heard from first year Neuroscience undergraduate student Maciej Manka, who eloquently spoke about how receiving the Sarmatian Bursary allowed him to move from Poland to pursue his dream of studying alongside UCL’s world renowned neurologists.

“One of the most personal impacts the Bursary has had on me is the notion of providing people with education that they would otherwise not be able to afford. The UCL scholarship scheme recognises that the only thing that matters is the student’s academic potential and it provides the greatest instrument of social mobility- education. That is why, inspired by UCL, I have got involved with Education Partnerships Africa, a charity which gathers funds to develop schools in rural East Africa, so that I can pass the gift of education on to others.”

Darya Kozlyk, who is studying for an MSc in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health, shared her own journey. Darya, a practising midwife who came top of her year as an undergraduate was keen to return to study so she could make a real difference to the understanding and treatment of women’s health issues she came across in her work. 

“Despite vigorously trying to save up to take my place on the course, on a basic NHS midwife’s salary, I could not reach the target for tuition fees, let alone living costs.  I am completely self-reliant, as I do not have the financial back-up of my family; my mother is disabled and cannot work, and my father has passed away. The George and Suha Farha Scholarship, was a real life-line for me.

“At UCL I’ve been able to work with the cancer research department on a study to predict and prevent the four types of cancer that affect women. The scholarship has allowed me to fulfil my potential, and when I finish my studies I hope to continue my career in research in order to make a positive impact on the lives of women now and in future generations.”

Lori Houlihan, Vice Provost (Development) said, “Legacy gifts to UCL are truly transformational, allowing the university to improve and grow our facilities so that we can continue to produce world-leading research and give talented students like Darya and Maciej the opportunity to reach their full potential. I have personally made provision in my will of a legacy for UCL. We are so grateful to anyone who has left a gift in their will to UCL or is thinking of doing so.” 

To find out more about the impact a donation to UCL can have please visit our website. If you would like to discuss remembering UCL in your will, please contact Boaz Walker on 020 3108 3810 or boaz.walker@ucl.ac.uk