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Annual Heller Bursary dinner

6 February 2007

Yesterday evening, Michael and Morven Heller were guests of honour at a drinks reception and dinner to celebrate the ninth year of Heller Bursaries at UCL.

The Heller Bursaries enable UCL medical students to pursue courses in the arts to complement their formal medical training. Seventy recipients this year were able to study areas as varied as ethics, life drawing, theology, Spanish, sign language, musical theatre and wine tasting, among many other things.

At the drinks reception, Dr Peter Raven (UCL Medical School) introduced a series of students who gave presentations about the skills they had learned. Guests, including other Heller Bursary recipients and UCL President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant, heard about the impressive range of the medical students' extra-curricular activities.

After the presentations, Robert Stellman, an undergraduate, presented the Hellers with a folder of thank-you letters from the students. Michael Heller also made a brief speech, noting that in nine years of Heller Bursaries, several hundred UCL medical students have benefited, enabling them to be better doctors through the additional opportunities for personal development granted by studying an arts subject alongside medical science.