International Scholar attracted thanks to £10,000 legacy gift
A legacy gift of £10,000 from a Royal Holloway College alumna has recruited a practitioner and rising star in the world of international development. Nikos Dacanay from the Philippines will receive the £10,000 bursary to study for an MSc in Practising Sustainable Development next year. The course run by Dr Dorothea Kleine draws together development practitioners from all over the world who learn about the theories, policies and practices development, working in countries with often complex social, economic, political and environmental factors affecting the sustainability of development activity.
Nikos has previously investigated the impact of cybercafés and telecenters empowering female migrant workers in Thailand, as well helping a refugee and women’s welfare charity maximise their income generation and create a sustainable business plan.
The £10,000 will go towards supporting his accommodation and fees whilst studying in England. Without scholarships, this course would not be able to attract the enthusiastic and talented development professionals from around the world, especially the global south, who have fantastic on the ground experience but not always the financial means to study in the UK.
We spoke to Nikos who said, “As a Filipino researcher and development worker I cannot begin to count how this alumna’s generosity will benefit my professional growth and my development work in the Southeast Asian region. Because of her, I will have the opportunity to take up an intellectually exciting course, be taught by a pool of interdisciplinary experts and be in a vibrant research environment with internationally diverse students. The course and my experience at the university will not only improve my research skills and theoretical knowledge but will provide many opportunities for collaborative and comparative research work with my peers, professors, and other networks. The whole experience of studying in UK next year and the prospect of collaborating with other researchers/development workers will greatly help in building knowledge related to development issues in Asia and the west.”
Valerie Winn (BSc Mathematics 1957)
Miss Valerie Winn entered Royal Holloway College in 1953, graduating with a degree in Mathematics in 1957. She later became Deputy Head at Newstead Wood School for Girls. Valerie was a long standing donor of the College, giving annually to the 'Greatest Needs' campaign. When Valerie died recently, she left a percentage of her estate to the Annual Fund's Greatest Needs to reflect the years of support she gave us in her lifetime.
Thanks to Valerie's family for supplying this photo of Valerie at RHC.
Brian Harris (BA 1976, MA 1977)
“I feel it is incumbent on people such as me, who have enjoyed some success in life, to help those who might not otherwise have this opportunity, which is why I have decided to fund studentships for those of lesser means. I’m hoping my gift can attract the best students to Royal Holloway, regardless of their financial circumstances.”
Brian Harris (BA 1976, MA 1977) made his £3 million legacy pledge to the College after visiting in 2010. While at the College, Brian was taken on a departmental tour and later met with current PhD students – he observed that though many years have passed “the same sense of almost familial closeness and academic intimacy within the History Department was still there. The same enthusiasm for the subject amongst the students remains strong.” The Brian Harris Historical Award will benefit undergraduate and postgraduate students who are often deterred from continuing their studies due to the burden of debt.
“I have benefitted through all my life since my student days from the education that Royal Holloway College provided me, not in a direct sense, in that my career has been in business, but it has enriched and left a deep imprint on my life as a whole.”
T im Coghlan (Geography BSc 1969)
Tim Coghlan (pictured right) who joined Bedford College in 1966 to study Geography recalls fondly: “I had the most wonderful time at that college. It really was the University of Life, if ever there was one – in the heart of London, the Swinging Sixties....”
“[Bedford] gave me an excellent start in life, and I am only too aware of the debt I owe "the old place", and to those now struggling in very different circumstances to do the same”.
Tim’s time at Bedford had a lasting impact on him and through his unrestricted legacy pledge we will be able to maintain Bedford and Royal Holloway’s traditional commitment to the pursuit of excellence in higher education.
Tim, restorer and owner of Braunston Marina, has kept in regular contact with two of his mentors, Dr Grace Dunlop and Professor David Hilling (pictured left in this photo of Tim and David enjoying their shared interest in waterways at Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally in 2005).