£100,000 Donation to History Invests in Academics of the Future
The College is pleased to announce the launch of new Herringham Scholarships within the History Department, named after Christiana Herringham, one of Bedford College's early benefactors and an ancestor of the donor. Many of Christiana’s personal collection of paintings were bequeathed to Bedford, and are now part of the Secondary Collection that is hung all over the College. The gift for the scholarships was facilitated by a mature history postgraduate who was amazed to discover that he was related to Christiana, whose husband, Sir Wilmot, was Chairman of the Committee of Management for Bedford for many years between the two world wars. When the student's own mother passed away, he kindly enabled a deed of variation to be drawn up from her estate to celebrate the connection between his mother and the Herringham family.
Dr Sarah Ansari, Head of the History Department says, “This is a wonderful gift to have given to our students. By enabling us to attract the very best scholars to our MA courses, all of whom want to go on to study for PhDs, it really is creating opportunity for those interested in a career in academia. We know that MA students can struggle to finance their postgraduate studies as they’re not entitled to a student loan, so this will encourage talent and foster a new generation of historians, all whilst honouring our own Bedford history.”
A Grateful Parent donates £27,000 to enable another Student to study Classics
Alex will receive £27,000 to pay his fees over the next three years thanks to the generosity of a grateful parent. The donor’s child had such a wonderful time studying Classics with us that they were compelled to encourage more Classics students and provide a scholarship to be given to the 2012 first year student with the greatest potential and enthusiasm for Classics.
We met with Alex during his first term to ask him what he Scholarship meant to him.
The idea of free tuition fees were hugely tempting so I applied for the Grateful Parent Scholarship. It seemed like an opportunity too good to miss and I had nothing to lose!
I had paid for my own private Latin tuition though my A levels as Latin and Classics were not offered by my sixth form college. I had always been the only one of my friends into Classics which was a private passion for years. Coming to university has been great as suddenly I’m surrounded by people who love Classics too. It’s been really refreshing to be part of a collective rather than a lone activity I did!
I’m studying Roman Literature in my first year and I’m really looking forward to Ancient Philosophy modules in the second year. It’s great to be around like-minded students and the professors’ knowledge of their areas of expertise is amazing. Their lecturers are insightful and really challenge me but in an enjoyable way. The department is very cosmopolitan and not what I had expected of a Classics department in my mind but it’s all been good surprises so far.
I want to join the Classics society and also get involved in the annual play the department put on. It’s difficult to imagine myself anywhere else right now so perhaps a career in academia might be where I’d go but it’s early days.
I had previously considered not going to university at all. My father didn’t go to university and he did OK so I seriously looked into finding a job. When I heard that I’d be awarded this scholarship, It totally made my mind up. Royal Holloway was always my first choice but this meant that I could actually get to university. I will continue to work part-time during my studies in order to finance my accommodation and books but this scholarship has made the difference to me. I really feel it’s not just a gift of free fees, it’s the gift of education and opportunity for me. Anything is possible now!
It seems somewhat of a small gesture to say thank you to my anonymous donor but it’s a real testament to the quality of the department that a parent would do such a thing to say thank you for their child’s experience at Royal Holloway.
Bedford Still Pioneering Education For All In 2012
The College have welcomed more than 450 Bedford Scholars this year. All first year undergraduate students who have gained AAB or above in their A levels or equivalent this summer and put us as their first choice university have been awarded with £1000 to aid their living costs in the first year.
This commitment to academic excellence and maintaining the Bedford name has meant that many able and talented students have been drawn to us.
Bedford was selected as the name of the Scholarship due to the College’s roots in widening access to education, when the College formed it was a pioneer in women’s education, today we pride ourselves on offering a university education to all, regardless of financial means.
Faces of the Future
This year we have been able to award 3 Future Leader Scholarships thanks to the generosity of our Alumni Fund donors. Three recipients will have their fees paid for them, a scholarship of £27,000 each
Robin Campbell -
“I’m really excited to get stuck into the practical work of my Media Arts degree, editing, producing content to add to the YouTube Channel I have already set up.
The first half of my week is practical and then the second half is theory to put it all into context and grounds it all.
I’m looking forward to playing trombone in Holloway’s jazz band, utilise my leadership skills as class representative within Media Arts and generally tone my skills. I love the thought of making a documentary this year on the course and building my portfolio.
“I applied to a couple of other universities but Royal Holloway stood out for me on the open day as a friendly, welcoming campus and the wonderful Media Department staff pulled me into practical work and made me feel part of things straight away.
I’m keen to contribute to the student print media so I’m looking to sign up to The Founder newspaper and Orbital Magazine at Welcome Week.
This scholarship will put me in a fantastic position. I can use my spare time to build my portfolio and I will be able to look at internships within the media industry without the pressure of finding a job that pays off rising debts.
I’m really looking forward to my three years here and intend to really get involved!”
Jenny Maddalena –
“I’ve had a pretty busy summer completing my A Levels and grade 8 saxophone but I’m really looking forward to my degree at Royal Holloway. As a Physics and Philosophy student I get the best of both worlds. The factual, scientific approach of Physics and the open minded debate of Philosophy. I feel they enhance each other and will combine to make me a rounded graduate. I’m keen to get involved in volunteering and charity work as I’ve been lucky enough to get involved with a community project in the Himalayas as well as a disability charity here in the UK. It’s something I hope to be able to keep up through community Action on campus. There is so much choice in terms of how to volunteer here! I’ll be playing netball and enjoying living in Gower Hall. I’m pretty organised with my time so I’m going to be filling up my already pretty packed timetable.
“I am already thinking about staying here to study for a Masters and then PhD, perhaps with a year abroad, working in industry. I like the idea of being self employed in the job market and this scholarship will enable me to have less debt when graduating and a better chance at being able to set myself up as a self employed, early on in my career. This scholarship will help support that dream.”
Georgina Brookes –
“I was really surprised to have been award this scholarship. I read about but didn’t think I stood much of a chance so it’s really flattering and a huge help for me in the coming three years. I am a local girl but I’ve chosen to live in halls whilst a student so I can really become independent and this scholarship will help with this added cost to enable me to really live the university life away from home.
It’s early in my university experience but I’ve already been struck by how friendly everyone is here and how welcome I’ve be made to feel. I have students from all over the world in my corridor in Kingswood and that’s all part of the Holloway experience.
Before deciding on Royal Holloway as my first choice university, I looked at Bath, Surrey, LSE and City, all to study Economics but I visited an open day here and instantly felt at home. I am looking forward to opting into modules on other courses such as French so I can keep up my French. That option just wasn’t offered at other universities so having researched widely, I knew that the university just a few miles down the road was for me!
I’m interested in pursuing a career in International Development, perhaps working for the Foreign Office or in overseas aid, so I’ll be looking to keep my languages and perhaps join Amnesty International through the College’s reps.”