Your generosity is helping to build brighter futures for students at the University of Nottingham. The pages of Ambition magazine provide a window into the world of some of the students touched by the generosity of our donor community.


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Issue 5 (2024)

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Article From Passion to Podium

For one Nottingham sports scholar, your support is giving him the opportunity to set his sights on competing at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. 

Scholarships Sport
Game Counters
Article Hidden Gems: Guess the Artefact

Tucked away just a stone’s throw from Highfields Lake, lies a cornucopia of treasures from thousands of years ago.

Article In the Field

Your donations to Cascade have helped a group of medical students learn valuable new skills to deal with major incidents to potentially save lives.

Article Exploring new Frontiers

The University of Nottingham stands as a beacon of groundbreaking research, particularly in the area of advanced medical imaging technologies (MRI).

Medical research University news
Article Growing a Legacy

Take a first look at the plans to reimagine the Walled Garden on University Park as a place to remember those who have left a gift in their will.

Gifts in Wills
Article Green Unseen

Your donations to Cascade helped provide an insight into the secret world of plants while celebrating the natural world.

Article Making a Brighter Future

Hear from two scholarship recipients that are determined to create a cleaner and greener future, thanks to your generosity.

Scholarships Sustainability Supporter impact
W H Revis standing with his family.
Article W. H. Revis - a century of giving

100 years ago, W. H. Revis left a gift in his will that’s still impacting students today. We found out a little bit more about the man and how his generosity is still helping those in need.

Gifts in Wills Supporter impact
Jacky Hughes standing near some yellow flowers in the Trent Building courtyard.
Article Why I'm leaving a gift in my will to Nottingham

To ensure future generations can unlock their potential, Jacky Hughes (Industrial Economics, 1965) has pledged to leave a gift in her will to Nottingham.

Gifts in Wills Supporter impact
Daren Sungalee
Article Starting university with Daren

Second-year Biochemistry student Daren and scholar shares what starting university was like for him.

Scholarships Supporter impact
Amelia Watkins-Smith standing in a garden.
Article Leaving a political legacy

Gifts in wills have the power to help talented students unlock their potential by relieving financial burdens and allowing them to concentrate on their academic success.

Gifts in Wills Supporter impact
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Article Meet the scholar: Sammy King

Alongside studying within the Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham, Sport scholar Sammy King has been making large strides in his cricket career.

Scholarships Sport Supporter impact
A group of chickens.
Article Feathered friends arrive at Sutton Bonington

Thanks to the efforts of the Sutton Bonington Development Group, there are some new residents on campus.

Elephant on a grassy plain.
Article Cascade Spotlight: Elephant Welfare Project

Helping to improve the lives of elephants in captivity around the globe.

Cascade Supporter impact
University of Nottingham logo
Article How Nottingham's Placement Programme can help students and businesses

Nottingham’s career placements programme gives aspiring graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace.

Business Volunteering
Nottingham students standing outside Ditchley Park
Article Nottingham's Placement Programme

Nottingham’s career placements programme gives aspiring graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace.

Alice Aughton in a lecture theatre.
Article In it together

Hear how your generous donations are helping students cope with the financial burdens of the cost-of-living crisis.

Supporter impact Scholarships
Article Introducing the university's Steinway Spirio piano

Miss Berry's generous donation to the Department of Music will help to inspire the next generation of musicians.

Gifts in Wills Supporter impact
Ben Payne inside the flight simulator.
Article Flying High

After receiving Cascade funding, Aerospace Engineering student Ben Payne is aiming to open the aviation industry to a more diverse audience.

Cascade Supporter impact
Article Project Period

Project Period is a scheme that aims to provide free menstruation products for students and staff across the university.

Cascade Supporter impact
Professor Sarah Speight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience
Article How the university is helping students deal with the cost-of-living crisis

Professor Sarah Speight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, highlights how the university is providing additional support during the cost-of-living crisis.

Article Hidden Gems

Uncovering unusual treasures at the University of Nottingham.

University history
Veterinary student standing beside the Vets in the Community trailer while holding a dog.
Article How Vets in the Community are helping those in need

Cascade funding is helping some of the most vulnerable people in Nottingham.

Cascade Supporter impact
Simran Kaur
Article Meet the game changers

Nottingham has an established tradition of elite athletes choosing to study with us. This year, you helped support a record number of student athletes to compete at the highest level during their studies.

Sport Supporter impact
Article Nottingham Nightline

This year, Nightline is celebrating its 50th birthday. Thanks to your support, students have had a safe space to speak and be heard across Nottingham.

Student Mental Health Supporter impact
Article Nottingham Ambition Giving Day 2022

In June 2022, supporters took part in the very first Nottingham Ambition Giving Day and the response was astonishing.

Supporter impact
Trent Building and lake.
Article Making a Connection

Leaving a gift in your Will can help family members and students build new connections to Nottingham.

Gifts in Wills Supporter impact
Lord Haldane is welcomed to Nottingham by students
Article 100 years ago: Laying the Trent Building foundation stone

14 June 2022 will mark 100 years since one of the most significant events in the history of our university.

University history
Women in business - Hadyn-Green
Article Women in business: challenges, aspirations, successes

As well as business advice, student and alumni entrepreneurs can receive mentoring, desk hire and networking opportunities, giving them the business tools they need to thrive.

Supporter impact Business Volunteering
Article Mental health matters

We spoke to MedSoc Support’s Ellie Reid and Jahnavi Kavala to find out how, thanks to funding from Cascade, they supported one another during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Supporter impact Cascade
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Article A guiding light on the path to university

Moving from Nigeria aged 11 and gaining residency status here in the UK, Dolapo Olanubi had dreamt of attending university.

Supporter impact Gifts in Wills Scholarships
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Article Great egg-spectations

When Dr Cormac O’Shea applied for a Cascade grant to buy and house a flock of hens, nobody quite eggs-pected what a fantastic impact it would have.

Supporter impact Cascade
Article Building brighter futures

Thanks to your donations to Cascade, University of Nottingham students are experiencing a global view of education and making a difference to others along the way.

Supporter impact Cascade
Article A pass to the next generation

Like many of our gifted sports stars, History student and University of Nottingham men’s rugby player, James Cherry, has boundless energy and talent. James explains how your donations towards sport are helping him to go the extra mile.

Supporter impact Sport