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What would Jeremy do?

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On Thursday 28 February 2013 UCL took part in its first ever ‘Global Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day’, which recognised and celebrated the financial support that UCL staff, students and societies have received from thousands of generous UCL alumni.

Following in the footsteps of UCL’s spiritual father Jeremy Bentham, UCL graduates donate gifts of £3 to £3 million, which support a huge number of areas across the university.

These generous donations have:

  • Supported a UCL education via scholarships, bursaries and the student hardship fund.
  • Created fantastic student facilities including the Print Room Café, the Richard Mully Basement Bar, the George Farha Café and the new dance studio in the redeveloped Lewis’s Building.
  • Through the Friends Trust UCL alumni support a range of student activities, societies and sports teams.

The event was a chance for the UCL community to say thank you for the difference that alumni gifts have made to our departments, studies and societies. It was part of a series of global events happening across Europe and North America to remind students of the vital role that the philanthropy of others plays in their educational experience.

Over 200 UCL staff, students and alumni visited a pop-up Jeremy Bentham photo booth in the South Cloisters for the chance to have a ‘Thank You!’ photo takenAmongst those who had their picture taken were the UCLU Elite Athletes, Snowsports Society, Handball Society, the UCLU Boat club, Cornish Society and the Knitting Society.  The societies and sports teams were joined by staff from UCL Libraries and Special Collections, the Bloomsbury Theatre and UCL Museums and Collections.  A team of student ambassadors discussed the impact of philanthropy at UCL and served plenty of free tea, coffee and cake to passing visitors.  A student magician was also on hand to entertain the crowd as they waited to have their photo taken.

Everyone who took part in the day also received their very own Jeremy Bentham pop-up paper head to take away!

You can see an album of the best shots from the booth on Flickr.

Student Ambassador Team





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