Alumni Donor Day

23 March 2013

Alumni Donor Day

This year Donor Day took place at the Henley Business School Greenlands campus to mark the fifth anniversary of the merger between the University of Reading and Henley Management College.

This year Donor Day took place at the Henley Business School Greenlands campus to mark the fifth anniversary of the merger between the University of Reading and Henley Management College.

'We were delighted to be asked to host Donor Day. It was a pleasure to invite supporters from the Henley alumni community and the University, many of whom were visiting the Greenlands campus for the first time.'

Professor John Board, Dean of Henley Business School & Henley Pioneer

Donor Day provides an opportunity for guests to learn how their conhbsHenleyPioneersDonorDay2013tributions make a difference across many different areas of the University through a series of talks and exhibitions.

Once again Haslams sponsored the lunch for the Pioneers and Major Donors. Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, Professor John Board and Deputy Dean Professor Ginny Gibson welcomed guests to dine in the Pavilion Restaurant where they were joined by guest speaker Professor Ted Shepherd.

After lunch guests were invited to hear speeches from current students and alumni from the University who have benefited from alumni support. Great Britain rower Anna Watkins (PhD mathematics) who achieved an Olympic gold medal at London 2012 spoke about her journey to success and the support alumni give to the University of Reading Boat Club.

Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre and Chair in the History of Finance then gave a talk on medieval finance and financial transactions during this period of economic history.

We were also joined by Professor Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean of Henley Business School South Africa, who showcased an initiative in the region called MBAid which provides MBA students with a platform to help non-governmental organisations, local communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises with practical support.

'We would like to thank our Pioneers and Donors from the Business School and the University who braved the weather to join us at Greenlands and contributed to a successful Donor Day.'

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean of Henley Business School

Henley alumni in the UK and abroad demonstrate their support in a variety of ways. One of these is to make a financial contribution to the Henley Alumni Fund, which provides scholarships, bursaries and financial hardship grants. This support ensures that students are given the same experience as they themselves enjoyed during their studies at Henley.

In October 2012 the Alumni Relations & Development Office launched a Graduating Class Gift appeal and invited MBA graduates to support the Business School. Some of the recent Pioneers attended Donor Day which gave them a view of the projects made possible with alumni support.

For more information, please contact Nicola Butler in the Alumni Relations & Development Office on +44 (0)1491 418 818.

Combined with the financial support of alumni, trusts, foundations and corporate sponsors over the last nine years, the University of Reading has raised more than £30 million to support students and cutting-edge research.