On Wednesday 1 December 2021, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah hosted a reception for students who have benefitted from the University’s range of scholarships and bursaries.
Among those attending were some of the 300 Centenary Scholars, and 100 Citizens of Change Scholars, plus award holders from a number of globally recognised programmes – marked the occasion alongside donors, supporters and other honoured guests.
The unique Citizens of Change Scholarships, worth up to £7,500, were awarded to students who submitted videos answering the question ‘What do you want to change?’. Submissions were judged for their impact, realism and creativity, with students pledging to make changes in areas as diverse as hate crime and sustainability.
The University proudly hosts a number of prestigious Chevening Scholars – ‘Cheveners’ – funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations, plus a prominent Fulbright Scholarship, on exchange from the USA.
The event also recognised the generous support of the wider University community, both through funding and peer mentoring, networking and other opportunities.
Comments from some of the scholarship recipients were included in a press release distributed to local media.