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50 Scholarships for Bradford's 50th Year


The University of Bradford has launched an appeal to secure funding for 50 scholarships in its 50th year enabling access higher education for those most in need.

The appeal aims to create a 50th Fund that will enable outstanding home students to study any subject at the University at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate levels.

The criteria for awarding the scholarships are based on academic excellence, those with the best potential to succeed, and financial need.

Professor Rae Earnshaw* kick-started the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal by donating two postgraduate scholarships for home students with outstanding ability, named as the ‘Professor Rae Earnshaw 50th Anniversary Scholarships’.

Professor Earnshaw (pictured with the University's Director of External Affairs Mark Garratt) said: “Having received so much from the educational system in the UK at undergraduate and postgraduate levels through the acquisition of knowledge and experience, I was strongly motivated to contribute to supporting the current generation of students with outstanding academic ability to receive similar benefits by undertaking study at a world-leading technology university.

“I was inspired to help support the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal through an appreciation of all that the University of Bradford has done for me in supporting my career as a Professor and a manager.

“Education for me has been a great liberator and energiser. Being able to stand on the shoulders of giants and learn about their contributions to knowledge has given me great insight that I otherwise would not have gained and I am fortunate enough to have be enable to share my knowledge and experience both here and in the USA and China.”

University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Cantor, said: “The greatest gift a student can receive is a scholarship. The 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal promotes the University of Bradford’s ethos to encourage students from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter into higher education and in doing so equip them to become our future leaders.”

*Professor Earnshaw was appointed Professor of Electronic Imaging and Head of Department at the University of Bradford in 1995. He gained his PhD at the University of Leeds and is a chartered engineer and chartered information technology professional. He served as Dean of the School of Informatics between 1999 and 2007, and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Systems Development) between 2004 and 2009.

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