With the new term well under way it was time once again for the reception for scholarship recipients at the Roman Baths on Wednesday 28 October. The evening provided 150 students with the opportunity to meet their fellow scholars, celebrate their achievements, and of course enjoy the spectacular setting.
Competition for the scholarships was intense (500 applicants for awards in 2015). We were impressed not only by the academic credentials of the candidates but the role many of our scholars played in their universities and communities. We were also impressed by their sporting success, artistic excellence, their awards for many different accomplishments, their voluntary work and the challenges overcome to achieve their ambition of overseas study.
Our links with universities worldwide continue to grow and we also extended a warm welcome to scholars from a number of our partner institutions.
The University of Bath International Scholarship (UBISS) scheme was set up in 2006/2007 and, alongside the elite awards offered by the Faculties of Engineering and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, together with the School of Management, it has grown to become a significant fund, awarding in the region of £360,000 each year.
Through the generosity of our alumni and corporate donors - some of whom were guests at the reception, further scholarships have been made available, including:
- the Santander scheme for students from Latin America
- the Jack Cater award for a Hong Kong University graduate
- the Steve Huckvale scholarship for candidates from Africa
- the Frank Wallace scholarship for a Chinese student of Mechanical Engineering
- the Windle Trust
- we also thanked Mr and Mrs Hall, Diana Lanham, Chris Coles for their support and the Commonwealth Scholarships and Chevening Schemes
In her welcome speech, Caroline Baylon, Director of Partnerships and Head of the International Relations Office, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved, including benefactors and University staff.
A special thank you to The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor William Sandry. In addition to his speech welcoming scholars to the city and our community, it was above and beyond the call of duty to spend 90 minutes posing with students for photos, which will no doubt now be on Facebook pages around the world!
We hope that everyone who attended the event had a pleasant evening. The selection of photos suggests that they did! Congratulations to our 2015 scholars. We wish you a successful and enjoyable time at the University of Bath.