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.

Over the last five years, the UK Alumni Bursary Programme has provided over £85,000 to support undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Pictured here are Trustees, Justin Baring and Jamie Strauss, with four of the 2013 Julian Baring Scholarship Fund students


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.

The Opera School has previously been funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and in 2014 they awarded a closing grant up to the value of US$500,000 – on condition that matching funds are raised by UCT by December 2017. UK alumni are helping the Opera School reach this target – join them by making a donation here.


Pictured here are UCT Opera students performing at a concert in London in July 2015

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 has recently received an extremely generous grant from The Garfield Weston Foundation, which will help enormously with the initiative’s cutting-edge research and aims of enhancing patient care and improving teaching.

aboutThe 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. In 2015 the programme is supporting eight Masters and eight Doctoral students.