Alumni giving on the rise

1 November 2007

UCL Futures – the UCL alumni giving programme – raised  £325,646 in the 2006/2007 academic year, a 10% increase on the previous year, marking three consecutive years of steady growth in income and donor participation for the fund.

This excellent result will ensure that UCL Futures can continue to fund scholarship provision and provide grants for departmental projects across the UCL campus.

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UCL Futures supports projects that otherwise struggle to find finance, including upgrading campus facilities, assisting student societies and events – such as the UC Opera’s critically acclaimed annual shows, and innovative projects such as the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture’s project to design a ‘£6k house’.

In 2007, UCL Futures awarded 91 scholarships and 23 projects across the university from the purchase of a new boat for the successful UCL Boat Club, to assisting library users with a visual disability.

UCL President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant, said: “This has been a special year for UCL Futures, with a growing community of donors responding so positively to our appeals. Through the generosity and foresight of our alumni and friends, we are building on and enhancing UCL’s research and teaching reputation worldwide.”

A broad spectrum of interesting projects have been funded this year, including a £15,000 grant for SolarFox,a solar-powered car built by UCL Mechanical Engineering, which has just completed a 3,021km race from Darwin to Adelaide. A grant of £6,000 was given to UCL Spanish & Latin American Studies for international documentary film-making. The results are being shown as part of the inaugural UCL Festival of the Moving Image. A new initiative – the provision of Masters scholarships – has funded 10 scholarships of £2,000 each in UCL Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCL Greek and Latin, UCL Geomatic Engineering, and UCL Psychology.

Head of UCL Futures, Mr Hamish Stewart added: “As we embark on a new year of fundraising, it’s important we do not rest on our laurels. In order that we can continue to provide the best facilities and opportunities for our students. We need to continue the momentum of the last three years,  and for this, we rely on the generous and continued support of our alumni and friends Over the next year we will be asking UCL alumni worldwide to consider joining our growing community of donors. Please consider how your gift – no matter what its size – can contribute to our collective total.”

To find out more, use the link at the top of this article.

Image: Solarfox

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