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Supporter Celebration Event, 4th May 2022

On the 4th My 2022, we welcomed donors who give towards our transformative scholarships and impactful research to a special afternoon tea on campus, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Congdon. Our supporters had the chance to hear directly from scholarship recipients, alumnus and donor Asif Ghafoor who spoke about his reasons for being a donor, and guests were treated to an inspiring tour of our Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) to see the development of life-saving cancer therapeutics first-hand.

We would like to say thank you to all who attended this event, and we hope to see you again soon at one of our future donor and supporter events in the near future.

Donor Spotlight

Donations made to the University provide much-needed support to students through scholarships or providing essential equipment for research students. 

All donations received go directly to supporting our students, whether this is through providing research equipment within the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics or supporting students facing financial hardship through scholarships.

We spoke to some of our donors to find out about their time at Bradford and what inspired them to donate to the University. 

If you would like to share your story, please contact

Digging up the past 

Thanks to a generous donation from School of Management alumnus, Colin Crawford, the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences started started a new project with Fountains Abbey investigating some of the Abbey’s buildings. Colin’s gift supported the implementation of this project, providing vital hands-on experience for our students.

During the search we found thousands of graves from the monastic community, some of them almost 900 years old. Further research uncovered evidence of a massive medieval tannery, where hides of animals were treated to produce leather. The find is one of the largest tanneries discovered at a monastic site in Britain.

Dr Catherine Batt, Head of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, had this to say about the impact of the donation from Colin.

“The donation from Colin has provided two opportunities for the SAFS. Firstly, the donation allowed us to cement an ongoing relationship with the National Trust at Fountains Abbey by funding a pilot citizen science project.

“Secondly, we have been able to take first year undergraduates up to Fountains Abbey within the first couple of weeks of them arriving at Bradford. They were given an excellent tour from The National Trust’s archaeological consultant, Mark Newman, and captured images for the new research project. It is wonderful to expose the students to such a fantastic archaeological site and for them to feel part of a research project so early in their time at the University of Bradford.”



Archaeological and Forensic Sciences student at Bradford

Introducing our 2021/22 scholarship recipients

We are pleased to announce that through donor support we have been able to award 26 scholarships for the 2021/22 academic year.

Without donors like you, the journeys of these students into higher education would have been very different, your support has allowed them to thrive while studying at Bradford.

Stories like these are made possible through support from people like you. Whether you are one of our valued regular donors or are able to donate in a larger capacity, all donations make an impact on students’ lives.

The Bradford-Renduchintala Centre for Space AI

The Centre will be created as a result of a generous philanthropic donation of £2m by Dr Venkata ‘Murthy’ Renduchintala, an alumnus and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford. The Centre will advance research and stimulate innovation in the areas of distributed computing, automation, and information technologies.

The donation from Murthy includes scholarships for a new MSc programme in Space Systems Engineering, due to start in 2022.

Murthy had this to say about supporting the University of Bradford.

“I am delighted to be able to make this donation to my Alma Mater.

“Whatever I have been able to achieve professionally thus far has been built on the solid academic foundation the University provided me with. It, therefore, seems both fitting and appropriate that I participate in helping the leadership of the University as they take this institute into important fields of research and learning that look towards our future.

“I am really excited by the ambitions we have for the Centre and am confident that the research it conducts will be both influential and impactful.”

Murthy Renduchintala

Dr Murthy Renduchintala

Fighting cancer together

In 2013 the University launched the Bradford Cancer Crocus Appeal, to raise money for a new Orbitrap mass spectrometer – an essential piece of equipment in developing new cancer treatments. Over the course of two years, more than £1 million was raised, and the new mass spectrometer was purchased.

Over this time, our researchers have been developing a Crocus Smart-Bomb which effectively combats solid tumours whilst minimising damage to the rest of the body, reducing the side-effects associated with traditional chemotherapies and improving patient prognoses and survival.

We are proud to say that the Crocus Smart-Bomb has now entered Phase 1 Clinical Trials in hospitals across Yorkshire.

Here at Bradford, we are working hard to develop new treatments to beat cancer. Our researchers are developing a new generation of pro-drugs – drugs that activate after being metabolised within the body.

This next generation of pro-drugs can be tailored according to a person’s condition and genetic profile. This will optimise the delivery of cancer treatments, minimising negative side-effects, and improve recovery and prognosis.

We expect these treatments will be effective in combatting a wide range of adult and children’s cancers by targeting cells and reducing the need for invasive chemotherapy.

These new interventions could revolutionise the treatment of cancer.

Scientists within the ICT are exploring the connection between naked mole-rats – a rodent native to West Africa – and important new treatments for diseases such as cancer and dementia. Researchers at the University say the animals have a unique DNA repair mechanism that enables them to prevent cancer and other degenerative conditions, including dementia.

Professor Sherif El-Khamisy, Director of the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics at the University, said:

“Naked mole-rats are fascinating creatures, not least because they are so long lived compared to other rodents of the same size. They also do not suffer from age associated disorders, such as cancer, dementia, and neurological decline.

“What we’re trying to do is to understand what makes them so resistant and then to try to harness that knowledge to come up with new treatments for cancer and conditions like dementia in people."

Professor Sherif El-Khamisy, Director of the Institute of Cancer Therapeauitcs talks about the impact your danations have made supoporting cancer research at the University of Bradford.

“We have always been privileged here at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics to be able to count on the generosity and thoughtfulness of you, our donors. Your longstanding support has powered the research breakthroughs made by my team and helped us educate the next generation of cancer researchers. 

“This year we are proud to announce that we have been able to create three brand-new donor funded PhD studentships in anti-cancer therapeutics and are thrilled to have received donations to purchase vital pieces of research equipment. With our unique focus on the delivery of therapeutics through prodrugs, we are confident that we are ideally placed to deliver even more significant advances against cancer in the near future.

“To everyone who has supported our work, I would simply like to say - thank you. We are only able to achieve what we do together, with your help.

Professor Sherif El-Khamisy

Professor Sherif El-Khamisy