This year’s application process resulted in 15 students receiving grants from the employability fund and 6 of the recipients were able to come and meet Diana and Rodney and share their experiences.
The students came from courses across the university and from different campus locations, but what Diana noted was “that you have all got an enterprising spirit and you have made something happen”. The students have been invited to help in the selection panel in future years and to promote the scheme to other students.
This year’s recipients used their grants towards activities such as securing further counselling experience, establishing a new brand development enterprise, participating in Royal Naval leadership training, attending an ecology field trip in South Africa and benefitting from a sound engineering role for a theatre production in London.
Sam Rhodes, Head of the university’s Careers Service, highlighted the significance of the support given by Diana and Rodney, observing that “without this kind of grant, taking up such opportunities may be impossible for some of our students. The Employability Fund makes such a difference”.
Diana and Rodney are keen to involve other individuals and organisations who would like to contribute towards expanding the employability fund so that even more students can benefit in the future. For more information contact Sam Davies, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.