Alumni donate over £72,000 to help current students
City University London alumni have pledged a total of £72,000 during the Annual Telephone Campaign. Donations were made to the City Future Fund and the Cass Fund which offer a variety of support to students throughout their time at university. They fund scholarships and bursaries for gifted but financially disadvantaged students; career development opportunities through the Professional Mentoring Scheme; ground-breaking research and community outreach activities.
A team of student callers spoke to more than 1400 alumni during the campaign in November 2013. In addition to making donations, alumni spoke to students about their industries and professions, gave careers advice, offered to check their CV's and in some cases, even offered internships. Vice Chancellor of City University London Professor Sir Paul Curran (pictured) visited students and congratulated them on their efforts.
David Street is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at City University London. He says alumni were impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the student callers.
"Our alumni enjoy talking to current students and sharing stories of their time at City - this has been evidenced by generous donations to the Annual Fund and offers of other support, including becoming student mentors. The results demonstrate the warm regard that former students have for the University and I know this bodes well for the future".
A proportion of the donations made by alumni will be used to help talented students continue their studies with a Scholarship. These are designed to prevent students who are in desperate financial difficulty dropping out of City or to give ambitious students unique career opportunities. For those students who excel academically but otherwise could not afford a university degree, this support can be life changing.
Midwifery student Jodie King was a City Future Fund Scholarship recipient in 2013.
"I would almost certainly have not been able to fund my studies without your aid. I am the first in my family to go to university and I very much intend to work hard, do my best and learn and achieve as much as possible throughout my studies, in order to gain my Midwifery degree. I thank you for your kind support and sincerely express my gratitude".
The City Future Fund also supports the highly successful Professional Mentoring Scheme which matches current students with alumni in their chosen field. The programme grew from 85 to more than 200 pairings in 2012-13 and there are plans for further expansion this year. It not only helps City hold its place as one of the highest ranking universities for graduate employment in the UK, it also enables strong relationships to be built between current students and its extensive alumni community.