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Donations to the Chancellor’s Fund enable projects that enrich the student experience, support excellence in research and teaching, and enhance the physical and cultural heritage of the University.

The projects listed below are just a handful of the innovative and world-changing ideas that the Chancellor’s Fund supports, thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends.

FemEng in Rwanda

FemEng in Rwanda

The Chancellor’s Fund supported a project run by FemEng between UofG and the University of Rwanda. The project helps promote and empower women in engineering and STEM subjects in Rwanda. This allows them to develop in their own careers and utilise their experience to reach out to the younger generations and encourage them to uptake STEM education. Support from the Chancellor’s Fund provided financial assistance for a team of UofG female engineers to travel to Rwanda to launch their appeal. The project is continuing and has been hugely successful.

 

The University’s Great War Centenary Project

The University’s Great War Centenary Project

The Chancellor’s Fund awarded a grant of £30,000 to the University of Glasgow’s Great War Centenary Project. To commemorate the centenary of World War I, the project aims to explore how the Great War altered life for the University community. By trying to understand the University's role within a historical context, the project will preserve and celebrate the University's heritage, one of the Chancellor's Fund’s four main objectives. University researchers and students, school children and the general public can learn about the project's findings from a range of online resources and at commemorative events.

‘And they shall see his face’: In Search of Robert Bruce

‘And they shall see his face’: In Search of Robert Bruce

The Chancellor’s Fund supported this project, which utilised DNA analysis to confirm that the skull case held in the Hunterian Museum thought to be that of ‘Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland’, is in fact that of Bruce. The positive outcome identified Bruce’s physical appearance, such as hair and eye colour and medical history, and the project team are working to acquire a 3D model of the head of Robert the Bruce, based upon facial reconstruction.

Human Book Project

Human Book Project

The Chancellor’s Fund awarded a grant to this new and innovative one-day event, which connected students with alumni to support their career aspirations and enhance their personal networks. Working in partnership with the University Library, it offered students an opportunity to book short time slots for individual mentoring sessions with alumni in interesting careers, particularly with a creative or social impact on a one-to-one basis. The alumni volunteers were listed as ‘books’ on the University Library website and could be ‘booked’ by students. Here are some of the alumni who took part:

Beth McKillop, The Curator - V&A
Matt Fountain, The Social Innovator - The Freedom Bakery
Cathy Forde, The Writer
Laura Waddell, The Publisher - Harper Collins
Thomas Hansen, The Composer for video games
Fiona Shepherd, The Music Journalist and rock ‘n’ roll tour guide
Caroline Winn, The Arts Programmer - Glasgow International Festival