Two charities have been recognised for their generous philanthropic contributions to The University of Nottingham, by being admitted to its College of Benefactors.
The David Ross Foundation and The Haydn Green Charitable Trust will both become members of the prestigious group on Monday 15 July, at a special admissions ceremony.
The University of Nottingham’s College of Benefactors, which currently has 43 members, was established in 1998 as part of the University’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. It was created to acknowledge the most generous of its supporters and is the highest recognition for philanthropic donors.
Supporting higher education
Through membership of the college, the University publicises and thanks those far-sighted and visionary individuals, trusts and companies who have supported higher education at Nottingham, funding the future development of education, the arts, sciences, and medicine.
The David Ross Foundation
The David Ross Foundation made a £2.1million donation to the University in 2012 to support the Nottingham Potential programme, a major investment in the future of primary and secondary-age pupils, helping to break down the barriers to higher education.
The donation is the biggest single gift the University has ever received from one of its graduates. The David Ross Foundation has a breadth of experience in working with schools and initiatives that aim to increase young people’s aspirations. It has developed a strong and sustainable network of academies that together form educational hubs in the East Midlands and North of England.
The foundation was founded by successful alumnus, The University of Nottingham Law graduate David Ross. The gift has enabled the University to open two IntoUniversity centres in the Broxtowe and St Ann’s areas of Nottingham. These centres provide school children with a supportive environment where they can benefit from homework, support, prepare for exams, gain invaluable careers advice and help with university applications.
The Haydn Green Charitable Trust
The Haydn Green Charitable Trust donated £1.5million to the University earlier this year, to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The substantial gift builds on the achievements of the University’s Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNEI), which since its launch in 2000, has become a key national centre for entrepreneurship education.
The UNEI helps hundreds of students every year to develop the skills that will enable them to thrive as business leaders.
The gift from the trust will allow the Institute to build its education programmes and research to benefit both students and the regional business community, meeting a key Government agenda by helping develop entrepreneurial skills.
In honour of the endowment, UNIEI has since been re-named The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The Haydn Green Trust was established by its trustees in loving memory of the late Haydn Carrick Green, who passed away in 2007. Haydn was a successful Nottingham businessman, whose entrepreneurial flair brought innovative financial products to the market. The Trust helps to build innovative and entrepreneurial structures within charitable or voluntary sectors by providing collaboration or financial assistance to those organisations.
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “Without the generosity of institutions such as The David Ross Foundation and The Haydn Green Trust we would not be able to continue with major projects such as Nottingham Potential and to grow institutions such as UNIEI. Both organisations will now join a very special group of benefactors who have helped to transform the impact our University is having on not only our students’ lives but also on the lives of the people in the communities where we operate. Admitting them to our College of Benefactors is just our small way of saying thank you for their continuing support.”
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