Wates Family Charities support Sussex students
By: Amy Stevens
Last updated: Thursday, 31 May 2012
In 1961, the Wates Group helped to build the University of Sussex. Now thanks to a generous grant from Wates Family Charities (in particular Norman Wates Committee, Ronald Wates Committee and the Patrons of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust), Sussex students from low income families could benefit from extra financial support.
Their support will establish the Wates Family Scholarships, which will support ten eligible students from London and the south east for the duration of their undergraduate degree. The scholarships will be aimed at students studying engineering, law, psychology and social work.
Sarah Cullen, Head of Widening Participation at Sussex, is delighted that the University’s own commitment to support students is being enhanced by philanthropy in this way. 'At Sussex, we are endeavouring to make sure talented, hard-working students from low-income backgrounds get all the support they need to fulfil their potential,' she said. 'Funding such as this from the Wates Family Charities is a vital part of that support and will make an enormous difference to our students.'
'Through their philanthropic giving, the Wates family are keen to promote work that builds social values and responsibility and provides access to opportunities that address disadvantage,' says Brian Wheelwright, Director of Wates Family Charities. 'Supporting students from low income families to study vocational subjects at Sussex fits well with our own values and we hope this financial support will enable them to thrive academically.'
Support such as this will help to ensure that we can continue to attract and retain even more talented individuals to Sussex, irrespective of their personal or financial background.