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Trevithick Library sponsor's generosity

9 November 2012

Capt Ken Nelson book signing

Capt Ken Nelson signing a copy of his book in the Trevithick Library.

At a recent event to celebrate the role of local companies in sponsoring the refurbishment of the Trevithick Library, the library welcomed back one of its alumni and a generous supporter, Captain Kenneth Nelson.

Captain Nelson, who has lived in Melbourne, Australia since 1950, began his student days in 1941 in the Department of Civil Engineering. A great supporter of the University, Captain Nelson gives regularly to the Nelson Scholarship Fund, which provides bursaries to students in the School of Engineering, and has sponsored the Trevithick Library.

In a continuation of his support for the Trevithick Library, Captain Nelson has donated further to the future of the library, with a donation that will help to fund the introduction of additional silent study spaces through a new mezzanine level.

Captain Nelson attended the Trevithick Library to see for himself the ongoing value of his support, and to sign a copy of his 2005 book 'The Dictionary of Water Engineering', which is stocked by the library.

Ruth Thornton, Trevithick Librarian, said: "I was delighted to welcome Captain Nelson back to the Trevithick Library so he could see the great difference that our sponsors make to the students and academic staff using the library. Before our refurbishment in 2009, the library received around 180,000 visits per year – last year this figure was at 225,000, an increase of 25%."

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