On Thursday 25 April, alumni and students came together for the Leaders of Tomorrow Reception to celebrate the successes of the Student Support Programmes available at the University of Birmingham and to thank donors for their generosity.
Through the support of alumni and supporters, the University has enabled over 600 students from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete the Academic Enrichment Programme (including a week-long residential school), 439 talented students to take up an Access to Birmingham (A2B) scholarship and place at the University, and funded over 200 internships.
This year’s reception, which was the fourth event of its kind, was kindly hosted by Lee Nuttall (LLB Law, 1987), Partner at the law offices of Wragge & Co LLP in Birmingham. Upon arrival, students were given an introduction to Wragge & Co and an insight into corporate responsibility by Lorna Gavin (LLB Law, 1990), Head of Corporate Responsibility. Students were then taken on a tour of the offices led by current graduate trainees.
The event gave alumni and supporters a unique opportunity to meet some of the students who have benefited from the Student Support Programmes. Through speeches and networking, alumni and supporters were able to hear of the students’ experiences at Birmingham, their future career aspirations and how these programmes have assisted them. Students also benefitted from advice and work placement offers given to them by alumni in attendance.
Jacqueline Minor (LLB Law, 1977; LLM Law, 1986): "My time at Birmingham really opened up the world to me and I believe all of my subsequent career was determined by what I studied there. It sounds cheesy, but I felt it was time to give something back to other students and to offer them the same opportunities I had. I like the immediacy of it, the fact that you have contact with the student who benefits and it’s a great pleasure to see somebody make that progression through university and to arrive at graduation and to go out into the world."
Sitara Johns (2nd year Law student an A2B recipient) "Thanks to the support of donors, I was able to complete a month's internship in a family law practice in Vancouver last summer. Before I took up the internship, I was very interested in family law and I was also very interested in practicing abroad, both of which I was able to fulfil with this internship which was an incredible opportunity which has really and truly been invaluable."
To find out more about our Student Support Programmes, please contact Emma Hazlewood on +44 (0)121 414 7957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.