Denis Dodd – Cancer Research
University Councillor Denis Dodd spent nine years volunteering for the University of Birmingham, first as Deputy Treasurer and then as Deputy Pro-Chancellor. He also received an honorary degree, and was made a life member of Court. Denis was a keen supporter of the University during his lifetime, both as a volunteer and a donor, and after he passed away the trustees of his estate chose to make a further gift from his will. This legacy, directed towards cancer research, enabled us to study how the microenvironment of bone marrow can regulate the growth of multiple myeloma (a cancer of the blood). You can read more about some of our current cancer research here.
"This generous gift enabled us to collaborate with other groups to expand our multiple myeloma research into new areas. We were also able to present at an international myeloma conference in Japan, where our work was recognised with an early career investigators’ award" - Dr Sarah Essex, Research Fellow in Cancer Sciences
Audrey Brown - A Library for the Future
After completing her Geography degree at Birmingham in 1946, Audrey Brown worked as a school teacher. A passionate believer in education, she wanted to encourage the next generation of students at Birmingham. Her generous legacy will help us a build an outstanding new Library facility that will benefit thousands of students from disciplines across the whole University. Providing better access to our extensive collection and more flexible study spaces, the new Library (due to open in 2016) will support research and education at the University for years to come.
Ian Bloodworth – Student Support
Dr Ian Bloodworth graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1963 with a first class BSc in Physics. After receiving his PhD from Oxford, Dr Bloodworth returned to Birmingham in 1977 as a staff member and worked here until 2003. Whilst working for the University of Birmingham at CERN in Geneva, Dr Bloodworth saw first-hand the value of developing the physicists of the future. He wanted to encourage students to achieve outstanding results during their time at Birmingham, so he left a gift in his will to fund a prize for high performing students. The Ian Bloodworth Prize, established in 2012, awards £500 each year to a student who has achieved outstanding results in their field.
“I have greatly appreciated the support of the prize, both financially and emotionally. Hard work is essential to strive for excellence, and awards like this provide that added encouragement to follow, and hopefully achieve, our dreams.” - Anjalika Nande, 4th Year MSci Theoetical Physics and Applied Mathematics and Ian Bloodworth Prize recipient.
You can have a lasting impact by joining alumni like Denis, Audrey, and Ian and remembering Birmingham with a gift in your will. Please feel free to contact our Legacy Officer, Emma Hazlewood, on +44(0) 121 414 7957 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.