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08 December 2009
Thirty first-year undergraduate students at the University are to benefit from a £1,000 scholarship scheme for students studying science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects at research-intensive universities.
In the region of £30,000 has been awarded to Cardiff University to assist undergraduate students from lower income backgrounds, thanks to the generous donation from Dr Naim Dangoor, a successful property developer.
The ‘Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships’ will assist up to 4,000 students in the UK to study science and maths-based subjects at the UK’s Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities and the 1994 Group of universities. Cardiff is the only university in Wales to receive funding for the scholarships.
The Scholarships have been launched with a £3 million donation over three years, Matched funding from government is expected to bring the total funding available to £4 million.
Dr Dangoor has said that this scholarship, named in honour of his father Eliahou Dangoor, is his way of thanking the country that gave him refuge after he left Iraq in the 1960s. It is hoped that this ambitious scheme will encourage more young people to consider studying STEM subjects at one of the country’s leading universities.
Dr David Grant, Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor said: "These scholarships represent another major investment in ensuring we are able to offer a higher education to the most talented students regardless of background. We are looking forward to playing our part in developing the top scientists and engineers of the future, made possible through this generous donation."
The head of the Russell Group warmly welcomed the donation and the creation of the scholarship. Dr Wendy Piatt, the Director General of the Russell Group of Universities, said: "Russell Group universities are working hard to ensure that information about bursaries – including this magnificent scheme - is being constantly updated and improved. The new Russell Group website will also serve as a handy doorway for students looking for information about the financial support available at all of our universities. We hope more people will be prompted to consider studying science and maths-based subjects at the UK’s leading universities. Although there has been a welcome increase in science and maths students in recent years, we have been deeply concerned by the long term decline in students taking these subjects at A-level and beyond. Schemes like the Eliahou Dangoor scholarship build on this upturn in popularity which, in the long run, will mean that the UK can continue to be home to more than its fair share of the world’s top scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs."
The official launch of the new Scholarship scheme takes place at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 8th December, attended by Lord Melvyn Bragg, universities minister David Lammy, and other distinguished guests.
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