Annual Fund CSM

Camborne School of Mines is benefiting from the Annual Fund

New projects sponsored by Annual Fund

The teachers of tomorrow, a project supporting Bulgarian orphans, the University mine and career development programmes are all to receive funding thanks to the generosity of alumni.

In all, 32 schemes will benefit from the money raised for the Annual Fund, which this year came to more than £250,000.

In order to qualify, schemes must support student life, the campus environment or facilities. Applications are welcome from students and staff and the successful applicants are chosen by a Disbursement Panel, made up of alumni, students and staff.

This year’s successful schemes were chosen last month. They include a mobility bursary to help students from less wealthy backgrounds take advantage of work placements.

At the Tremough campus students and local business leaders will work together on projects to help their community, as part of the international Students in Free Enterprise scheme. The students gain valuable business skills during the project.

The Aspirational Teachers Programme will help student teachers further develop their lesson-planning skills in their core subjects and other subjects, including enterprise skills and sustainability issues.

Twelve volunteer students from Exeter will be travelling to Bulgaria to deliver a two-week programme of activity for under-privileged orphans there. The experience will also be a personal development opportunity for the students, enhancing their future career prospects.

More than 50 lamps and chargers at the Holman’s Test Mine in Cornwall will be replaced with modern counterparts, thanks to funding from the scheme. The facility is the only example of a university-owned mine in the UK. It is used by students from the Camborne School of Mines, which is part of the University, students from other departments and visitors. 

Lisa Williams, Senior Development Manager for Development & Alumni Relations said: “Every year we have a wide variety of truly inspiring applications looking for support from the Annual Fund and this year was no exception.

“All of the projects are designed to enhance the student experience but so many of them also help people in other communities too. We would like to thank all those who have given to the Annual Fund and helped see these amazing projects become a reality.

“I would also like to thank those alumni on the Disbursement Panel. Theirs is always a very difficult job – to choose between so many worthwhile schemes.”

Date: 8 July 2011

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