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David Wilson - principal sponsor of the new Library
David Wilson, premier benefactor of the new library and Chairman of Leicestershire based construction group, Wilson Bowden plc "The whole of my childhood and adult life has been spent living and working in Leicestershire. I am a great believer in creating one’s opportunities in life and I hope that the success of my own organisation is testament to that. However, there is nothing that can substitute a good grounding in life – both through your family and your education. I believe that the new facilities that will be offered through the library development programme will greatly enhance the University’s impact on students’ lives and will be a valuable aid to the University’s long term ambitions, and I am delighted to be involved at the outset."
Dr Roger Anderson - BSc Mathematics, 1947
Dr Roger Anderson (BSc Mathematics, 1947). "I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to study at Leicester and I have always felt great affection for the place. An education is a gift and I have decided to leave money in my will to help a student enjoy the same opportunity."
Bill Bolsover - Group Chief Executive of Aggregate Industries UK Limited
Mr Bill Bolsover, Group Chief Executive of Aggregate Industries UK Limited, funders of a world class dinosaur display in the Department of Geology which features ‘Jane’, a complete sub-adult T. rex skeleton. "When the opportunity arose for Aggregate Industries to work in partnership with the University and bring 'Jane' to the UK we knew it would be a great way to create public fascination. This exhibit is the first of its kind to ever be showcased in this country and we consider it an honour and a coup for both Aggregate Industries and the University of Leicester that we have been able to make it happen. I hope it will really engage visitors and students alike and be a catalyst in promoting both the University of Leicester and scientific study in general."
Ian A Jones - BA Politics, 1992
Ian A Jones (BA Politics 1992). "My time at Leicester was a formative period of my life, academically and socially. Looking back some twenty years after I first arrived as a green 18-year old undergraduate, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity. And in a more general sense it seems to me that our society depends on vibrant, well-funded universities: they train the doctors, teachers, scientists and engineers of tomorrow and their research helps make us a healthier, more prosperous and (hopefully) more tolerant society. That’s why I’m happy to do my bit by making regular monthly contributions."