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New £4M scholarships offer students even more opportunities

08 December 2009

Thirty first-year undergraduate students at Cardiff University are to benefit from a £1,000 scholarship scheme for students studying science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects at research-intensive universities.

In the region of £30,000 has been awarded to Cardiff University to assist undergraduate students from lower income backgrounds.

Thanks to the generous donation from Dr Naim Dangoor, a successful property developer, the ‘Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships’ will assist up to 4,000 students in the UK to study science and maths-based subjects at the UK’s Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities and the 1994 Group of universities. Cardiff is the only university in Wales to receive funding for the scholarships.

The Scholarships have been launched with a £3 million donation over three years, Matched funding from government is expected to bring the total funding available to £4 million.

Dr Dangoor has said that this scholarship, named in honour of his father Eliahou Dangoor, is his way of thanking the country that gave him refuge after he left Iraq in the 1960s. It is hoped that this ambitious scheme will encourage more young people to consider studying STEM subjects at one of the country’s leading universities.

The head of the Russell Group warmly welcomed the donation and the creation of the scholarship. Dr Wendy Piatt, the Director General of the Russell Group of Universities, said: "Russell Group universities are working hard to ensure that information about bursaries – including this magnificent scheme - is being constantly updated and improved. The new Russell Group website will also serve as a handy doorway for students looking for information about the financial support available at all of our universities. We hope more people will be prompted to consider studying science and maths-based subjects at the UK’s leading universities. Although there has been a welcome increase in science and maths students in recent years, we have been deeply concerned by the long term decline in students taking these subjects at A-level and beyond. Schemes like the Eliahou Dangoor scholarship build on this upturn in popularity which, in the long run, will mean that the UK can continue to be home to more than its fair share of the world’s top scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs."

The official launch of the new Scholarship scheme takes place at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 8th December, attended by Lord Melvyn Bragg, universities minister David Lammy, and other distinguished guests.

1) More information about Cardiff University’s Scholarships can be found at www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/ug/scholarships/index.html

2) The Eliahou Dangoor scholarships will be administered by each 1994 Group and Russell Group university. To qualify for the £1000 scholarship students must be:
• Due to enter their first year of study at either a Russell Group or 1994 Group university
• Taking a course in a STEM subject - all of the specific courses which qualify for the scholarship will be outlined on each university’s website
• Be a UK home student who will pay tuition fees

This scholarship will have no effect on students’ entitlement to loans for fees or maintenance, grants or other institutional bursaries.

3) To ensure the maximum number of students are aware of the scholarship, leaflets and posters are being distributed to state schools across the country. Both the Russell Group and 1994 Group will also be providing their own ‘Eliahou Dangoor scholarships’ pages on their websites, which will include information on the number of scholarships available, criteria for students, and how to apply.

4) Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the University President winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk

Russell Group media enquiries to:

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Alistair Jarvis, Director of Communications, 1994 Group.

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Cardiff University media enquiries to:

Lowri Jones, Public Relations, Cardiff University
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