UCEM launches Centenary Fund to support Built Environment students

Posted on: 14 January, 2019

UCEM is delighted to today launch its centenary fund to raise money for Built Environment students.

UCEM is hoping to raise £112,500 to help an additional 100 students embark on a programme of study with the institution to access or progress their career in the Built Environment.

Awards will start to be granted from the 2019/20 academic year and applicants will be assessed on academic ability, demonstrated commitment to enter the surveying profession and financial need.

UCEM alumni, friends and supporters have already raised £2,375 in support of the campaign which is now going out more widely to the public.

UCEM Deputy Principal, Jane Fawkes said: “The celebrations for our centenary year are not only about looking back, but also looking ahead to the future of the sector and how we can use this unique opportunity the centenary affords to make a positive impact.

“Every year, many prospective students who are not being sponsored by an employer contact us and, despite a huge desire to enrol on a programme of study with us, are simply unable to afford the fees. UCEM’s mission is to provide accessible and cost-effective education and whilst today we already maintain fees for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at well below that of competing higher education institutions, some students still require more assistance.

“We award a number of bursaries each year, but the launch of our Centenary Fund is a call to action to ask our alumni, friends and supporters in the Built Environment to contribute towards our first ever bursary fundraising campaign and help us reach our target.

“Our programmes are part-time allowing students to study around other commitments, accessible online from any location and offered at the same fee no matter where you live in the world and, it is in this spirit of widening participation that we have been bold in our ambition with the fund. I hope this will capture the sector’s imagination and lead to a wider range of professionals fulfilling their potential and contributing towards a better Built Environment.”

To find out more and to donate, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=centenary