The University of Sussex is to be the recipient of a new scholarship for science orientated students. Thirty-two new undergraduates, mainly in the school of Life Sciences and the school of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, will be receiving a £10,00 bursary this year.
A student from each of Geography, Informatics and Engineering will also benefit from it. Many of those who will receive this scholarship are also entitled to the university High Flyer bursary of £1000, for those who achieve 3 or more A grades at A level. The bursaries, in addition to the standard Sussex University bursary, will bring in a total of £3000 scholarship for a few of the best new undergraduates.
The scholarship is made possible by Niam Dangoor, a property developer who fled from Iraq in 1964, due to the Ba’athist persecution of his Jewish faith. He is donating a total of £3m to a number of research intensive British universities, including Sussex. After settling in Britain Dangoor stated: “If I was ever able to help a British university student I would”. After 70 years, he is finally able to do so.
The universities entitled to the scholarship are part of the 1994 Group of institutions, which along with the Russell Group universities receive two-thirds of all scholarship funding. This latest donation is one of the largest in recent years.
Pro-vice Chancellor Helen Mackie at Sussex said: “This generous donation from Dr Naim Dangoor will help us to provide important additional support for these talented individuals and help them to fulfil their potential to become the top scientists and engineers of tomorrow.”