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David's legacy

David RichmondDavid Richmond was an NTU student and a former lecturer.  David died in 2012, aged 73, and left a gift in his will to support a scholarship programme.

Now his legacy is supporting current student Dan Spencer.  He said:  "I am grateful to those people who have had the NTU experience, gone on to be successful in their careers and then chosen to give back.  Scholarships are giving students like me greater opportunities to make the most of our time here.

“I am aiming to work in residential development and I believe that it is important for students from all backgrounds to consider professions like this.  Experience of social housing makes me particularly determined to make a difference though my career.” 


Alzheimer’s research boost thanks to legacy gift

Alzheimers researchAlzheimer’s research at NTU has received a major boost thanks to a generous legacy bequeathed by the late Mr John Turland, a local Nottingham resident.

Mr Turland wished his gift of £100,000 to be used to fund a PhD in order to advance understanding of the disease.

His donation, together with additional University funding, has enabled the appointment of two PhD researchers in the School of Science and Technology. 


Legacy Gift Plays On

Piano legacy giftThree grand pianos were purchased by the University thanks to the generous bequest from former member of academic staff Des Wiltshaw when he passed away in 2006.  Des started his career with at Trent Polytechnic in the Town and Country Planning Department, then as a member of NTU’s Department of Surveying until his retirement.  He specified that his legacy should be used “for the enjoyment of students” and the use of these pianos continues to fulfil his wishes.

Mollie Kingsley took up the piano shortly after starting her BA (Hons) Fashion Design course.  She said: “It’s lovely to play on a grand piano and wonderful that someone’s gift has made this possible for me and many other students.”

Professor Roy Morledge, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, remembered Des with affection and commented: “When long standing colleagues retire they always leave a gap which is difficult to fill.  This generous gift is a wonderful way to remember him and is a testament to the real legacy he left in the lives and careers of many alumni."


Louise’s will to make a creative difference

Louise GarlandOriginally from a small village in Leicestershire, Louise Garland received a modest bursary from her local church which provided a much-needed helping hand for her degree.

She said: “After studying for my BA Hons Creative Arts (1982), then my MA in Fine Art (1986) and finally a PGCE (1991), I must have Nottingham Trent stamped on my forehead! In my career as a Fine Art lecturer I’ve taken my own students to the University's Bonington Gallery, so things have come full circle.

"When it came to a point in my life when I had to make a will, I knew that I wanted to include my University. I decided that as a legacy to my own education I wanted to help a Fine Art student with limited finances to have the same opportunities as me.

"Making a decision to study a subject like Fine Art can be quite hard and increasingly so with the costs of education today. I was lucky that my mother, despite financial circumstances, was very supportive of my chosen subject but I would imagine that money worries today might narrow the choice of university course for some students. I'd like to help encourage those who have the talent and desire to study in this area. Art graduates are highly creative people, good lateral thinkers with a broad range of talents and skills to bring to business and society.

"I hope that leaving a gift in my will can make a difference one day in the future … but not for a long time yet, I hope. I still have lots of budding artists to inspire first.”


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