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Cardiff scholarships boost budding scientists

30 January 2012

Talented Cardiff University students are to benefit from Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships, supporting their studies in science, technology, engineering and maths thanks to a generous donation.

Students joining Cardiff in 2012-13 will be able to apply for one of 49 scholarships on offer . A new film promoting the scholarships can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEa3T66oBYk.

The Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships are funded by a leading businessman who fled Baghdad for Britain in the 1960s to escape anti-Semitic persecution.

Dr Naim Dangoor, 97, the head of a successful property company, donated £3 million to set up the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships – in honour of his late father – at Russell Group and 1994 Group universities. These include Cardiff University, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-led institutions

Dr Dangoor, who received a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list, studied engineering in London, where he developed a lifelong commitment to educational causes, in particular STEM.

Current Cardiff students are already benefiting from the scholarships, which are awarded on merit, and, in some cases, to students who have excelled at schools where high achievers are rare or who have overcome obstacles such as illness and disability. Full-time students receive £1,000 while part-time students get £500.

Eleri Evans from Pembrokeshire, studying Mathematics and its Applications, said: "Clearly it has great financial benefits for me as I have been able to save the money to contribute towards rent and other living expenses in my second and third years. However, perhaps more significant is the boost to my confidence that resulted from being the recipient of such a prestigious award."

Emily Daniels, a Biomedical Science (anatomy) student from Rhondda Cynon Taf, said: "I wanted to study at Cardiff University because of its good reputation and quality of teaching, as well as being attracted to the city itself. The Dangoor scholarship has had a positive impact on my studies because it has enabled me to purchase books and other resources, and has also helped me to fund the costs of my travels back and forth to university every day."

Dave Roylance, Cardiff University head of undergraduate recruitment said: "We firmly believe that everyone should have access to a Cardiff University education, regardless of their circumstances. The Dangoor Scholarships have already made a significant difference in supporting a large number of our students with their studies. We look forward to welcoming a new group of talented Dangoor Scholars to Cardiff in the autumn."

Dr Dangoor’s donation has been hailed by Ministers and the Russell Group of leading universities.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP said: "Government matched funding has allowed the Dangoor Scholarships to help even more students. The HEFCE-led review into philanthropy in higher education that I announced last week will explore ways to encourage other philanthropists to follow Dr Dangoor’s example.

"It is vital to the future prospects of young people, and the success of UK business, that we encourage greater numbers to study science, technology, engineering and maths at school and university.

"Dr Dangoor had the life changing experience of studying STEM at a UK university. Now he is making that even more attractive for a new generation of students."

Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group of leading universities, which includes Manchester, said: "Too few students study for STEM degrees at leading universities like [Institution], despite the enormous benefits to students, UK business and wider society. Dr Dangoor’s generosity is helping turn the tide.

"The Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships are a powerful weapon in our armoury as we fight for students to fulfil their potential. Going to university and studying a STEM subject is one of the best investments a bright young person can make.

"The Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships are the perfect example of a philanthropist’s vision and generosity strengthening our universities’ efforts to attract the very best students from all backgrounds to study key subjects like science, engineering and maths.

"We know the Dangoor Scholarships are inspiring students to work that bit harder as they try to win places on some of the country’s most competitive courses.

"Our universities already invest tens of millions each year into scholarships and bursaries, and the Dangoor Scholarships will make STEM subjects particularly enticing for the very best students. Whatever your background, if you’re good enough to get into a Russell Group university, you can afford to go."

Dr Naim Dangoor CBE, who is funding the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships, said: "My family and I found refuge in this country when we had to leave Iraq. It is a privilege for me to be in a position to give something back".

Notes to editors

UK students entering their first year of a STEM degree at Russell Group or 1994 Group institutions should contact their university to apply for an Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship.

  • Russell Group universities are: University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cardiff University; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; Imperial College London; King’s College London; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; London School Economics and Political Science; University of Manchester; Newcastle University; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; Queen’s University Belfast; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University College London; and University of Warwick.

Media enquiries to: Andrew Scheuber (andrew.scheuber@russellgroup.ac.uk), Hannah MacLachlan (hannah.maclachlan@russellgroup.ac.uk) on 020 7969 5254/56 or 07530 602945 or Stephen Rouse, Cardiff University Public Relations (RouseS@cardiff.ac.uk) on 029 208 75596

For further information, go to http://russellgroup.ac.uk/dangoor. To view the new Dangoor Scholarships video on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEa3T66oBYk.