UEA WAS FOUNDED IN 1963 TO ‘DO DIFFERENT’ AND WE FULFILLED OUR PROMISE We built a campus with a radical architectural vision. We developed the world’s first School of Environmental Sciences. We launched the UK’s first — and most successful —programme in Creative Writing. We became home to an art collection to rival that of any university anywhere. We helped create a Research Park that attracted some of Europe’s top scientific institutes to Norwich. We helped to establish the NHS’s first new teaching hospital for 30 years. We are now ranked in the UK’s top 15 and the global top 1% of Higher Education institutions. The differences multiplied over the decades. And the more we did different, the more we made a difference.
In 2013, UEA celebrated its 50th anniversary and half a century of making a difference. We launched The Difference Campaign that year to support our commitment to ‘Do Different’. We asked our friends and alumni to help raise £50 million in philanthropic funding, so that we could carry on making a difference – in our own distinctive way – for another half century. And together those gifts have made a tremendous difference. Together through The Difference Campaign, we have increased Opportunity for more than 545 students through scholarships. We have improved Health research with the opening of the Bob Champion Research and Education Building. We have increased understanding of our Environment by enabling talented postgraduates and staff to pursue their research with real results. We have nurtured Creativity by providing talented writers with the time to work and by bringing the world’s finest art to Norwich for all to see. As of September 2016, The Difference Campaign raised more than £53 million in support of UEA. The Difference Campaign has been more successful than we dared hope. Alumni and friends have astounded us with their support.
You have been more generous than we dared dream. Almost a year ahead of schedule, we reached our target. But, true to our roots, we are doing different once again. We are extending our finishing line to 2021; broadening our scope to include wider goals and raising our sights towards a new target of £100 million. Inspired by the leadership shown by our campaign donors, we want to do more. We hope you will join us in this exhilarating experience of philanthropy with a difference and choose to help UEA to continue to make a difference for our students, our staff and our world.
How can we make a difference by ensuring that the very best students fulfil their potential?
Can we prevent the diseases that most threaten humankind?
Who is leading the way to the science of tomorrow?
CREATIVITY Where can you find the next prize-winning writer hard at work and enjoy some of the best art in the world?
IN THE BOB CHAMPION RESEARCH & EDUCATION BUILDING
FOR STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH FACILITIES
THE DIFFERENCE CAMPAIGN SO FAR
ALUMNI GRANTS HAVE HELPED OUR STUDENT NURSES TRAVEL TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
OUR YEAR ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS HAVE TRAVELLED AN AVERAGE OF 8,014.2KM EACH YEAR, ALL OVER THE WORLD
5 AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS
£53,124,386 RAISED NEW TARGET
OPPORTUNITY £20M HEALTH £30M ENVIRONMENT £20M CREATIVITY £30M
OPPORTUNITY HOW CAN WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY ENSURING THAT THE VERY BEST STUDENTS FULFIL THEIR POTENTIAL?
UEA scholarships and bursaries allow a new generation to seize their opportunities.
Thank you for donating and funding my scholarship. In doing this you have… helped me grow and develop as a person, for which I am very grateful. Tiago Lapa The Ian and Emma Smith Scholarship
THE DIFFERENCE SO FAR
At UEA we believe that everyone who has the ability should be given the opportunity to study — regardless of social or financial background. As part of The Difference Campaign, we also pledged to create 500 more scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates. Since then, the number and range of scholarships created is remarkable. Mature students, local students, international students, sporting students, science students and creative students. All these and more have benefited from the generosity of donors and alumni. We are very grateful to everyone who has made these scholarships possible.
In 2013, to celebrate our 50th anniversary, we awarded 32 new ‘Difference’ Scholarships to students from low-income backgrounds who arrived that year.
Having been brought up in a family where no one had ever been to university, let alone begun a PhD, I was already worried about the difficulties that might face me… Many years on I’m embarking on the first year of my PhD and it is absolutely amazing. All this would not be possible without the kickstart that my scholarship gave me. I am most grateful. Sophie Buckingham The Difference Postgraduate Scholarship
Scholarships and bursaries give students access to a university education and life at UEA; inspirational teaching, new outlooks, lifelong friendships and a range of career prospects. Many of our scholarship recipients have gone on to lead, pioneer and make a difference in their respective fields.
OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDY MEDICINE
and Norwich University Hospital and meetings with current students aimed at providing the students with the information they need to pursue their dreams.
Having no experience of Higher Education in your family to draw upon can be daunting, especially if you plan on applying to study medicine. And learning about the options available for medical careers can be difficult if you do not know people who are doctors.
David’s gift not only fuels these dreams, it also opens doors with the Medical Aspirations Scholarships. These scholarships support students who have participated in the Medical Aspirations Programme and have gone on to secure a place at UEA. Scholars are recruited from local schools (Norfolk or North Suffolk), targeting students who have achieved the academic requirements needed but who have low chances of gaining access to Higher Education due to economic or social factors. There are already 17 Medical Aspirations Scholars thanks to David’s gift, with plans to support three more students every year.
The Medical Aspirations Programme supports promising, local Year 12 students who might not otherwise think that a career in medicine is within their grasp. Highlighted as an area of good practice by the General Medical Council, the programme aims to provide information about medical professions and how to apply to university. Thanks to a generous donation from alumnus David Tibble (SOC70), the programme offers the students a three-day stay on campus to experience life as a UEA medical student. This includes visits to the Norfolk
Medical Aspirations Scholarships are David’s way of making a difference to these students.
THE DIFFERENCE TO COME
The Difference Campaign is enabling students to access Higher Education, regardless of their ability to pay. We now aspire to create 500 more scholarships as a result of The Difference Campaign — support that is needed all the more as the burden of graduate debt grows ever larger. Difference Scholarships help to remove two challenges that are preventing students from taking advantage of opportunities in Higher Education. Undergraduate Scholarships give students the confidence to pursue a degree, despite the financial commitment required, and provide access regardless of family income. Postgraduate Scholarships address the challenges of student debt, which are discouraging further study and closing routes to careers. Scholarships at both Master’s and PhD levels will allow students to gain the qualifications they need to choose professional careers, for instance in law, medicine, science and academia. Scholarships are only part of the package. The Difference Campaign is also supporting our budding entrepreneurs.
The UEA Enterprise Fund is an exciting innovation — a mix of philanthropy and investment. This fund, created by donations, will invest in the entrepreneurial ventures of staff, alumni, recent graduates, and students, using the return on investment to support UEA’s most pressing needs, such as new scholarships, research and facilities. The UEA Enterprise Fund will nurture the growing entrepreneurial culture at UEA with both financial support and expert mentoring from donors and the University’s fast-growing community of entrepreneurs.
Higher Education is increasingly valued, but also increasingly expensive. Every year of their degree course, home students need to find:
Our target is to raise £3 million in philanthropic donations, but we will launch the fund as soon as we have reached the first £1 million.
TOTAL PER YEAR £21,8 96
STUDENT COST S Tuition Fe es £9,000 Books & Eq uipment £4 64 Rent £5,261 Food £1,954 Household Goods £363 Insurance £42 Personal It ems £1,917 Travel £1,705 Leisure £1,190
The figures above are averages estimated by the National Union of Students for the 2013/14 academic year. Tuition fees and accommodation costs are UEA examples for 2016/17.
THE DIFFERENCE A GIFT MAKES £9,000 will provide a scholarship for one year to help reduce the burden of student debt £20,000 will support a recent graduate to set up a business in its most challenging phase
HEALTH CAN WE PREVENT THE DISEASES THAT MOST THREATEN HUMANKIND?
UEA’s state-of-the-art facilities enable world-leading research into some of the most threatening diseases today, including cancer.
Bob Champion MBE President of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust
We’re very excited by the prospect of the work that will be carried out within the Bob Champion Research and Education Building. The Trust is looking forward to working with UEA – this is a great step forward for our research programmes.
THE DIFFERENCE SO FAR
The Difference Campaign is bringing together medical researchers, scientists and patients to improve the lives of people worldwide. UEA has an outstanding international reputation for biomedical research. Our partnerships make us even stronger. As a partner in the Norwich Research Park — itself an internationally renowned centre for food, health and environmental research — we work with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and the Earlham Institute.
Charitable Foundation, successor to The Grand Charity, we are decoding the gene mutations of prostate cancer. Our researchers are currently sequencing 2,500 cancers and discovering links to various pathogens. And we are a partner in Genomics England’s 100,000 Genomes Project sequencing 100,000 genes from 70,000 people with rare conditions and cancers.
Working with our partners, and with funding from Big C (Norfolk’s Cancer Charity) and the Masonic
OUR RESEARCHERS ARE CURRENTLY SEQUENCING
CANCERS & DISCOVERING
LINKS TO VARIOUS PATHOGENS
Professor Colin Cooper Professor of Cancer Genetics at UEA
Now is the time to invest in cancer research. You’re going to get a return.