09 Dec 2009 15:33:00.000
New students at The University of Nottingham will benefit from a £3m national scholarship scheme.
Students embarking on degree courses in STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths — from 2010 could be eligible for financial help through the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships Scheme.
A £3m donation is being made to 38 of the UK’s top universities, including The University of Nottingham, by Dr Naim Dangoor. Named in honour of Dr Dangoor’s father, the donation will fund scholarships for students from underprivileged backgrounds over the next three years.
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With matched funding from the government, the scheme will be worth a total of £4 million and will benefit thousands of first year students commencing degrees in STEM subjects from 2010-2012.
The University of Nottingham will be offering up to 40 scholarships per year worth £1,000 each, for first-year home undergraduates who are liable to pay tuition fees and meet the eligibility criteria.
The scheme has its official launch at the Royal Society in London, on December 8th. Speakers will include the universities minister David Lammy, Lord (Melvyn) Bragg, Chancellor of the University of Leeds, the Chairs of the Russell Group and the 1994 Group of universities, and graduates who received Dangoor scholarships under a previous scheme at 1994 Group institutions.
Guests will include the Dangoor family, vice-chancellors, students/graduates who have benefitted from the Dangoor scholarships, Government representatives, senior Higher Education figures, and guests of the Dangoor family.
Dr Dangoor, 95, is the head of a successful property investment company who arrived in Britain as a refugee in the 1960s after fleeing persecution in Iraq. He was awarded an OBE in 2006 because of his services to the Jewish community in London, to which he belongs.
The scholarships will be targeted at students coming to study STEM subjects who may otherwise be deterred from entering university — for example, students from families with no experience of higher education and students from low income backgrounds.
Information about the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships to be available at The University of Nottingham are available at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/financialsupport
Further details, including the full list of eligible courses and an application form, will be available on this site from mid-January 2010. Enquiries prior to this date can be directed to the Financial Support Team on 0115 8232071, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on the scheme is also available from the Russell Group at: www.Russellgroup.ac.uk/dangoor
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.