How would £70,000 make a difference to your life?

28 April 2016

How would £70,000 make a difference to your life?

What would you do with £70,000? Buy a new luxury car? Put down a deposit for a house? Would it change your life? Maybe; maybe not. But what if you knew that it could change others’ lives as well as make a positive change within the community?

What would you do with £70,000? Buy a new luxury car? Put down a deposit for a house? Would it change your life? Maybe; maybe not. But what if you knew that it could change others’ lives as well as make a positive change within the community? You might think £70,000 isn’t enough to make a big difference, but here at Henley Business School we are raising funds for bursaries and other student support activities that will give opportunities of a lifetime.

The Business School has launched the 70/70 appeal; seven projects that will benefit from the £70,000 we hope to raise in our 70th Anniversary year. This is when we turn to you, our alumni – by helping to raise these funds, you are the lifeline we need to support the future of the Business School and ensure our status and reach is cemented for the next seventy years.

So, what are these projects, I hear you ask?

One such project promotes our Women in Leadership initiative, working with Talentino to fund 10 female students to be trained as Early Careers Coaches. For only £1,000 a Henley student will be trained to visit schools in the local area and could support up to 1,600 girls aged 12–18 years old each year to encourage them to think about their future as the next generation of business leaders. With the increased pressure of young people out of work, projects such as this will become critical for the next generation. This is the first time Talentino have worked with a partner to offer the service, which shows the reputation of the Business School to effect change within the community is strong.

The 70/70 appeal is also raising funds to support the Henley Hardship Fund, supporting students who face unexpected financial hardship during their studies. Last year the Fund supported a student from Syria, students facing domestic abuse and many others who experienced unexpected, urgent and sometimes life-threatening situations. Ruben’s story – below – shows the impact donations can make.

Ruben is the son of a British Gurkha veteran and in the final year of his degree. Despite his Home Student status, Ruben was not able to get funding from Student Finance England for his studies because of his background. His parents, despite their low incomes, paid for Ruben to study at Henley (£9,000 fees and living expenses) so that he could gain a good education.

Facing extreme financial difficulties before his final year, Ruben was faced with pulling out of his studies as his family could no longer support him, despite his efforts to support himself through work.

In desperation, Ruben turned to the Henley Hardship Fund. The fantastic support of donors meant he was given a lifeline and received vital funding. This allowed him to continue his studies at Henley, graduate and, in turn, create a better future for his family.

With more applications for help being received than ever before, we need the support of our alumni to continue the Henley Hardship Fund.

Other projects in the 70/70 appeal include the Henley Study Abroad programme, which allows students to gain valuable international experience. Not only does this help Henley build strong relationships with international universities, it has also proven to yield better degree results and improved rates of employment (according to HEFCE and Go International research).

Support for academic research and events provides platforms for PhD and post-doctoral researchers, while upgrades to IT at the Business School will allow international academics and top industry professionals to participate in classroom discussions, all contributing to world-class teaching and learning facilities. Henley Alumni Bursaries will continue to support students who would not be able to study without financial support and ensure a level playing field for access to education. Finally, Research Seed Funding will allow academics and PhD students to apply for small amounts in order to conduct initial research and continue Henley Business School’s commitment to world-class research and thinking.

So how can you make a difference?

Your support towards student activities, cutting-edge research or teaching and learning via the 70/70 appeal will support future generations of students, like yourself, to become the best they can be. It will also strengthen Henley Business School as the internationally renowned institution it is today for the next 70 years. Become a Henley Friend for as little as £10 a month or a Henley Pioneer for only £67 a month.

Donate now: /alumni/how-to-make-a-gift/

Speak to the Henley team: +44 (0)118 378 4069

Email: development@henley.ac.uk

Thank you

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