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21 July 2016

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The Sue Lloyd Roberts Scholarship – designed to support the training of young journalists at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies – has received a £50,000 donation from Google.

The donation, over five years, will make a substantial contribution to the scholarship fund launched by the friends and family of Sue Lloyd Roberts – the former BBC and ITN journalist - following her death last year. It will support the fees of one student per year to be trained at the UK’s leading journalism school at Cardiff University.

Recipients of the scholarship have to demonstrate a commitment to the kinds of issues Sue Lloyd Roberts reported – including human rights, international affairs and the environment.

Google’s VP for Communications and Public Affairs, EMEA, Peter Barron said: "Sue was an inspirational journalist who pioneered digital news-gathering and championed the idea that everyone should have a voice. We're delighted to support this scholarship to promote those values through the next generation of journalism students."

Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University, Richard Sambrook, said: “We are delighted that the fund set up by Sue’s many friends and family will provide a legacy for her extraordinary work and commitment to justice and equality around the world. Cardiff University is so pleased to begin a partnership with Google through their generous contribution to the scholarship fund, which will transform the opportunities for generations of new journalists in the years ahead.”

The first recipient of the award is Grace Adeniji. Grace will be taking up her place on the Broadcast Journalism MA course in September. She has just graduated in International Politics from Brunel University.

Grace said: “I am so delighted and privileged to be the first recipient of this amazing scholarship.”

Grace, who is British, has lived and volunteered in Nigeria and Ghana and says she sees journalism as an important means of fighting for human rights and against corruption.

Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is one of the country’s top rated institutions for media teaching. Its research helps to shape international media, journalism and communication landscapes.

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