Graduating Class Gift 2012 enables Henley to expand financial support

7 November 2013

Graduating Class Gift 2012 enables Henley to expand financial support

The inaugural Graduating Class Gift, established by Henley graduates from across the MBA programmes in 2012, resulted in generous contributions of £25,000.

The inaugural Graduating Class Gift, established by Henley graduates from across the MBA programmes in 2012, resulted in generous contributions of £25,000. Combining this impressive amount raised with donations received from the wider Henley alumni community in 2013 has allowed the Business School to offer two new bursaries for the Flexible Executive MBA programme in 2014. One of these will be specifically aimed at the International Stream programme to attract applicants from outside the UK.

Russ Shackleton, an MBA graduate 2012 and Henley Pioneer, commented on what inspired him to contribute to the Graduating Class Gift 2012.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Henley and the relationships I made with my cohort, alumni and faculty during the MBA programme. After graduation I was keen to continue my affiliation with the Business School and remain an active member of the alumni community.

As a Henley Pioneer I am given many opportunities to meet alumni and extend my professional network; I also appreciate the opportunity to learn about the varied work and activities of the University of Reading and to aid the development of future alumni.

I do hope you will join me and the other members of our alumni community who have chosen to support this successful initiative.’

Spurred on by the previous year’s success, the graduating class of 2013 were keen to follow in their footsteps. Led by two alumni volunteers from this year’s cohort, the Graduating Class Gift appeal was launched in October and to date over £8,000 has been raised.

Working with the committees for both years, Development Manager Nicola Butler commented ‘I am really pleased with how Henley graduates have demonstrated their commitment to supporting their Business School in this way. It has been a real pleasure to get to know so many Henley alumni from the graduating class of 2012. I would like to acknowledge their incredible generosity and say thank you for becoming the FIRST class to support this initiative. Their enthusiasm to help the next cohort of programme members has inspired members of the 2013 class to become involved and make a gift.’