Bentham Association

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Bentham Association: UCL Laws Alumni Group

Cissy Chu Common Room Dedication Ceremony

A significant gift from the Vinson Chu Charitable Foundation in Hong Kong is making a tangible difference to student life in Laws.  The driving force behind the gift was Hong Kong alumnus and Visiting Professor Winston Chu, who wished to honour his mother, Cissy Chu. Twelve members of the Chu family have attended UCL.

On 5 October 2010, UCL President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant joined Winston’s son Dr Chester Chu, Dean of UCL Laws, Professor Dame Hazel Genn, and Emeritus Professor Valentine Korah to dedicate the new Cissy Chu Common Room at Bentham House in London. They were joined by approximately 60 guests, including distinguished Chu Foundation Trustees Professors John White and Philip Treleaven, Bentham Association Chairman Edwin Glasgow CBE, QC, Laws alumni, enthusiastic faculty members and appreciative students (many from Hong Kong and China).

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Emeritus Professor Val Korah unveils the
room dedication plaque with a flourish
Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Dean of Laws,
raises a glass to the Chu Foundation

The new Cissy Chu Common Room in Laws provides a bright, modern and social meeting space for all undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at UCL Laws. The room was fully redecorated as a result of this latest Chu donation, and equipped with new furniture, lighting, flooring and WiFi connections to support a range of student activities, to be enjoyed for decades to come. In speaking to the ongoing generosity of the Chu family, and the lasting impact of the gift, Dean Professor Hazel Genn said: “We are enormously indebted to the Vinson Chu Foundation and, in particular, to our loyal distinguished alumnus, Winston Chu, who has made possible this wonderful space for our students to meet, socialise and continue their learning.  We are delighted to be able to offer this lasting honour to Cissy Chu and the whole Chu family, with which the Laws Faculty has had such a long and close association.”

One of the evening’s highlights was the unveiling of a new bronze plaque for the Cissy Chu Common Room by Prof Val Korah, the longest-serving faculty member in Laws, to the delight of all in attendance.

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Dr Chester Chu with UCL President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant One of many invited students at the event

UCL Laws continues to be recognised as an academic powerhouse in London for its outstanding teaching and research, attracting the best and brightest students from around the world. Individual donations from alumni and friends, and ongoing support from major supporters such as Winston Chu, have a direct impact on current and prospective students in need, on our programmes, and facilities.

For more information:
Cissy Chu Common Room Event brochure
UCL Hong Kong Alumni