Stuart Senior of Gleeds presented a cheque for £25,000 to The University of Nottingham to help more young people reach their academic potential.
The money was raised at a black tie dinner hosted by consultancy firm Gleeds at which five-time gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave was guest of honour.
The event was organised to raise money for the Nottingham Potential scheme, which helps disadvantaged young people reach their academic potential through a variety of programmes.
Kate Robertson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at The University of Nottingham said: “It is fantastic that Sir Steve Redgrave and Gleeds are supporting the vital work we do through Nottingham Potential. By working in partnership with organisations such as Gleeds, we are able to support young people in the local communities and give them the opportunity to reach their academic potential.”
Nottingham Potential represents a major investment in the future of primary and secondary-age school pupils and a multimillion pound commitment to help break down the barriers to higher education.
The cheque was presented to Penelope Griffin, Head of Widening Participation at The University of Nottingham, in the presence of both summer school student ambassadors and attendees. The Nottingham Potential summer school, for students in the Midlands, provide participants with a five-day residential experience of the University Park Campus and a range of subject streams from which to choose.
This is just one of the many initiatives taken by Nottingham Potential. Their after school support and focus programme has introduced two new IntoUniversity Centres in local communities which provide vital after-school academic support sessions for years two to 13, as well as theme-based study days for partner schools.
The University also engages with both primary schools at which they support pupils’ attainment and secondary schools and colleges. Nottingham Potential also funds teacher fellowships which allow local secondary and post-16 teachers to access funds and support to lead projects designed to improve lives in their communities.
Nottingham Potential has been made possible by a significant £2.1m donation from the David Ross Foundation, founded by David Ross, Nottingham law alumnus and co-founder of Carphone Warehouse. The Foundation has a breadth of experience in working with schools and setting up initiatives that aim to increase young people’s aspirations. The Foundation’s donation enhances the University’s own substantial financial commitment.
Stuart Senior, Main Board Director for Gleeds said: “Both Gleeds and our ambassador, Sir Steve Redgrave, are delighted to be able to offer support for this impressive and worthwhile initiative. Nottingham Potential encourages young people across the city to realise their true potential, regardless of their background and therefore plays a vital role in nurturing the talent of tomorrow. We are proud to play a part in ensuring that this fantastic campaign can continue to develop.”
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