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The Power of Philanthropy celebrated at the Annual UCL Scholarships and Bursaries Reception

28 February 2018

On 20 February the Wilkins building hosted over 100 people at the 2018 Scholarships and Bursaries Reception. This yearly event highlights the very real impact and significant importance of philanthropy at UCL. It was also an exciting opportunity for those who have funded a scholarship or bursary to connect with the students that they have helped and discover more about their work.


A key theme of the evening, highlighted by Adrian Punaks Director of Development at the Office of the Vice-Provost (Development), was the very real and lasting impact of receiving a scholarship or bursary on the student. He said, “These scholarships help to get students to UCL who might not otherwise have even dreamed of coming here. But that’s just the start of the story. The impact of scholarships lasts a lifetime for the individuals and they themselves go on to contribute to the world in a wide variety of ways.”

The two student speakers at the event, Kasim Ali and Hira Javaid, were shining examples of the real difference that a scholarship or bursary can make not just to the student but to the world around them.

Kasim is studying for an MSc in Global Prosperity, supported by a Malcolm Grant scholarship – established to pay tribute to UCL’s previous Provost and President. He has spent his time London being community focused and proactively contributing both to London and his home country of Somalia. Last year he ran seven marathons in seven days to raise funding for UCL scholarships for young children affected by the Grenfell tragedy, close to where he lives.

Hira Javaid is studying for an MSc in Cancer, thanks to the Samuel MSc Cancer Scholarship. She is conducting important research to understand and tackle resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian cancer, one of the major challenges that affects the long-term survival of women with this cancer.  Her work has the potential to affect the lives of many.

Dame DeAnne Julius

The very real affect that students who have been funded by philanthropy have on the world was highlighted by Dame DeAnne Julius Chair of Council at UCL who said, “From the lives saved thanks to better diagnostics and treatments to the lives lived better due to reduced injustice and inequality - the ripple effect of giving a chance to a single individual is so far-reaching that it is impossible to adequately measure”.

Find photos of the evening: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92084473@N04/albums/72157693194789574

Find out how you can help students by giving a scholarship or bursary: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/why-giving-matters