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  1. Why give

Why give

Our donors and recipients share the impact giving can have.

Donor profile

Guy DavisGuy Davis

BSc Music, 1992

Donor of Robert Chalmers Memorial Scholarship

I am very proud to have graduated from City, University of London some 25 years ago in music, and fortunate enough to be in a position to have created scholarships in memory of my closest friend and fellow graduate, Robert Chalmers. His achievement in music, prior to his tragic death at the age of 39, was exceptional. I hope his legacy will be a true inspiration to those students who are awarded scholarships in his name.

Scholar profile

Gabriella SofferGabriella Soffer

MEng Biomedical Engineering

Recipient of George Daniels Scholarship

I started university a year after the £9,000 fees were implemented and firm in the knowledge that I would have a minimum of £27,000 debt when I would leave. At the age of 18 that was more money than I could understand and was really quite daunting. I took up several tutoring and babysitting jobs so that I could start saving up and didn't even question the idea of living away from my parents' home due to the added financial pressure of that. I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the George Daniels scholarship as I knew that not only would it cover my fees, it would also mean that I could get several of my evenings and weekends back so that I could focus on my work and also have some fun and socialise too, which I hadn't really been able to do until then.

The George Daniels scholarship has not only paid for my fees and given me more time to focus on my studies, it also gave me an incentive to perform to the best of my ability right from the start. I was therefore able to develop a good work ethic right from my first year and continue that throughout my studies. When I started university I did not consider the idea of completing a Master's as I simply wouldn't have been able to afford it, but due to the support of this scholarship I do not have a £27,000 debt so I will be able to complete a Master's next year. This is vital for me as an engineering student because it is very hard to become a chartered engineer with just a Bachelor's. This scholarship has helped me hugely on a financial level while giving me the opportunity to truly reach my potential academically and to knock away many barriers that I face on my way to becoming an engineer. I know without it I wouldn't have got to the point that I'm at now and feel an immense level of gratitude as a result.


Over the past 10 years funding from Santander Universities has now totalled over £1 million. This gift has supported over 200 students in their studies and various programmes and initiatives including entrepreneurship events and internships.

This venture began with Cass Business School which was Santander’s first educational partner 10 years ago. On becoming President at City, Sir Paul extended this relationship to the rest of the University and said:

The support our students have received over the years has made a real difference to the lives of many who otherwise might not have benefited from a university education. Santander has played a large part in our success over the past 10 years and as we look forward to the next 10, we do so in the knowledge that we have such a special relationship.


The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation’s support for City’s MA Financial Journalism

In the current often challenging climate of disinformation and a lack of reliable media sources, it seems that high-quality journalistic skills and professionalism have never been more in demand.

Supported by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation, City’s Department of Journalism has been providing various innovative elements of the MA Financial Journalism for the last eight years.

The Foundation funds several scholarships exclusively for students on the MA Financial Journalism, which cover course fees in full as well as contributing to living expenses for scholarship students in financial need.

It also supports the unique Marjorie Deane Summer School – a study abroad programme that subsidises student travel to study financial journalism in New York and Shanghai, taking students on the journey through the top news trends in the global economy, guided by leading journalists, academics and financial analysts.

In addition, it continues to provide very generous support for the post of the Chair in Financial Journalism.

We are very grateful for the support of the Foundation which has been invaluable in helping to equip City’s current students with the most up-to-date knowledge needed in today’s media, and for also helping to develop their interpersonal skills.

Indeed, many Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation’s scholarship recipients have gone on to work for high profile publications such as the Financial Times and Bloomberg.