Examples of UK Donor Generosity to UCT

UK-based UCT Alumni continue to give generously to the UCT Trust, supporting the Distinguishing UCT Campaign, the Law 150 Campaign, the Schools Improvement Initiative, the Opera School, SHAWCO, and helping to fund bursary programmes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The UK-based Julian Baring Scholarship Fund (JBSF) was established in 2000 in the name of well-known gold fund manager, Julian Baring, in celebration of his two great passions, mining and Africa. Since 2010, JBSF has been providing bursaries for UCT students who hail from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent, and it has already enabled a number of students to graduate from UCT. JBSF continues to support new students at UCT every year, providing invaluable opportunities to the recipients.

UCT’s Opera School is helping to transform the discipline of the arts and widen the opportunities available in fields that have traditionally been denied to marginalised communities. The School is unearthing exceptional African talent and making opera more accessible to a broader African audience, and prides itself on discovering exceptional vocal talent amidst impoverished communities. UK alumni have generously assisted in raising funds for this worthy cause and helped in the achievement of the fundraising targets being met, for the Opera School Endowment Fund.

Substantial donations from the Wolfson Foundation have supported important capital projects at UCT, including the provision of state-of-the-art microscopy equipment and the refurbishment of laboratories at UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre. These crucial projects are enabling UCT to continue its life-saving research into infectious diseases and to find African solutions to African problems.

UCT’s Clinical Neurosciences Initiative have received extremely generous grants from The Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and various UK-based individual alumni, which has helped enormously with the initiative’s cutting-edge research and aims of enhancing patient care and improving teaching.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation’s Fellowship Programme at UCT was established in 2004, and is funding Masters and Doctoral scholarships to develop graduates who will contribute to civil society in S.A.

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