UCL News


Slade fundraiser raises £10,000

25 February 2004

A fundraising event in memory of UCL alumni and staff member Miss Margaret Muller raised £10,000 for a hardship bursary on 15 December 2003.

Miss Margaret Muller

Miss Muller, from Virginia, USA, completed an MFA programme in June 2001. She also worked as a studio assistant for the UCL Slade School of Fine Art's Summer School and at Saturday classes during the 2002-2003 academic year. In February 2003, she was attacked while jogging in Victoria Park, Hackney Wick, and sadly died from her injuries.

Margaret had a strong sense of loyalty to the Slade - she worked closely with a number of tutors and made a positive contribution to the life of the school.

The event successfully raised enough funds to establish a bursary in her memory. The £500 award will be donated annually to a Slade student who is suffering financial hardship. The American Embassy has pledged to fund the bursary for the first two years. It is likely that the bursary will be awarded to an international student.

Funds were raised from the sale of donated works of art by Slade staff and colleagues of Margaret, and more than 200 people attended the event.

Professor John Aiken, Director of the Slade, said: "We were really impressed with the turn-out and delighted that people bought so many works of art to help fund this very appropriate and worthwhile cause."

A tree-planting ceremony and memorial service will be held in honour of Miss Muller
in Victoria Park, on 3 February to commemorate her life and achievements. There will be a minute's silence at 8.30am.

To find out more about Miss Muller, or the Slade school, use the links below.

UCL's Slade School of Fine Art
Margaret Muller Website