Supporters donate more than £200,000 to Vice-Chancellor’s Fund

Posted by pt91 at Sep 16, 2014 03:55 PM |
Research and teaching fund established to mark Professor Burgess’s retirement reaches landmark total

Graduates, staff and friends of the University have so far raised more than £230,000 to support research, teaching and students, thanks to a Fund which was launched earlier this year to mark the Vice-Chancellor’s retirement from the University.

The current total was revealed during a farewell event for Professor Burgess who retires from the University at the end of this month after 15 years’ service.

The Sir Robert and Lady Hilary Burgess Research and Teaching Fund will be helping our leading research teams and brightest minds to tackle some of our greatest global challenges through the powerful combination of high quality research and excellent teaching.

The Vice-Chancellor said: “Being at the University of Leicester has been a very enjoyable experience and we have generated very many friends here. This is the best job I have ever had and I have enjoyed my time here tremendously.

“Thank you very much indeed to everyone who has contributed to the Fund so far. We are pleased that the University will benefit from our names and wish you every success with the fund and whatever you choose to do with it.”

The first priority of the Fund is to support the University’s £10 million Centre for Medicine Appeal which will help to complete and equip the new £42 million Centre for Medicine, which is currently being built on Lancaster Road and is set to open in Autumn 2015.

The Fund will also further support teaching excellence by providing scholarships to study for a Doctorate in Education (EdD), enabling educators to improve their practice, develop the best curriculum and ultimately improve the quality of education for future generations.