Adrian Lester joins Cowrie Scholarship Foundation as a patron

Adrian Lester

We are delighted to announce that Adrian Lester CBE joins the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation as a patron, supporting our aim to fund 100 Black British students through university over the next 10 years!

 

Award-winning actor and director Adrian Lester CBE was born in Birmingham and studied at RADA. He started his career with a string of West End productions including Company, Fences, As You Like It and Sweeney Todd. Movie roles followed, including Primary Colors, The Day After Tomorrow and Mary, Queen of Scots. Also well known for his TV work, Adrian starred in the long running BBC series Hustle and has since starred in Undercover, Trauma, Life and Riviera. Theatre remains an important part of Adrian’s career and he has taken on many major roles including, Red Velvet, the title role in Peter Brook’s Hamlet, followed by Henry V and Othello directed by Nick Hytner at the National Theatre. Directing credits include Hustle, The Greatest Wealth, Of Mary and Riviera. Adrian is on the board of The Birmingham Rep, is an Ambassador for The Old Vic, The National Youth Arts Trust and Children and the Arts and is Patron of the Primary Shakespeare Company and Everything to Everybody project.

Adrian was made CBE in 2020 for his services to the arts.

 

You can find the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation’s patrons and ambassadors here.

If you would like to help transform the lives of disadvantaged Black students, please visit our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cowrie-scholarship-foundation

New University Partnership – University of York

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We are happy to announce our newest university partnership with the University of York. York will join our current university partners, who can be found here: https://cowriescholarshipfoundation.org.uk/partners/

Each of our partner universities will cover the tuition fees, and in some cases the maintenance, for at least three students over a decade from October 2021.

 

University of York

The University of York will cover the tuition fees of six disadvantaged Black British students over the next decade, while the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation will cover the maintenance and living costs.

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement at the University of York, said:

“We work very hard to widen access to higher education, but appreciate there is still much more to do to break down the barriers that people face as a result of their race or social background.

“Our new scholarships with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation will go some way to addressing these issues, and we look to supporting our scholarship students to realise their ambitions when we welcome our first cohort at the end of this year.”

 

We are delighted with this new university partnership – you can help us to enable these students to receive a full scholarship by giving what you can at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/cowrie-scholarship-foundation

New University Partnership – University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow logo

We are excited to announce our newest university partnership with the University of Glasgow. Glasgow will join our current university partners, who can be found here: https://cowriescholarshipfoundation.org.uk/partners/

Each of our partner universities will cover the tuition fees, and in some cases the maintenance, for at least three students over a decade from October 2021.

 

University of Glasgow

Rachel Sandison, Vice-Principal, External Relations at the University of Glasgow, said:

“The University of Glasgow is delighted to partner with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to offer new scholarships that will provide access to higher education for disadvantaged Black students within the UK.

“The University leads a comprehensive and ambitious widening participation agenda, where we are committed to raising aspirations and supporting access to one of the world’s top universities. Our partnership with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation will provide not just the financial means for students to undertake undergraduate study but will also provide an important support network and mentorship to students to help enable successful degree outcomes.

“Importantly, participation in this new scholarship scheme further delivers our commitments to equality and inclusion, building on the successful James McCune Smith Scholarships launched in 2019 as part of our reparative justice programme.”

 

The university expects that the application process for the scholarship will open on 5 April 2021 and close on 30 June 2021.

 

We are delighted with this new university partnership – you can help us to enable these students to receive a full scholarship by giving what you can at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/cowrie-scholarship-foundation

New University Partnership – King’s College London

We are happy to announce our newest university partnership with King’s College London. King’s will join our current university partners, who can be found here: https://cowriescholarshipfoundation.org.uk/partners/

Each of the six partner universities will cover the tuition fees, and in some cases the maintenance, for at least three students over a decade from October 2021.

 

King’s College London

“I am delighted and proud that we are only one of small number of universities to offer this opportunity. Inclusion is a value at the centre of everything we do at King’s, and we believe that as a diverse community, we can help build a fully inclusive anti-racist society. Access to a university education must not be limited by race, ethnicity, social class, gender, or circumstances. However, this is not the case for everyone in today’s society. We are very aware of how much more needs to be done, but we are excited to be taking a further positive step forward by partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to provide scholarships for Black British students who might otherwise be unable to benefit from an university education. We look forward to welcoming them to our diverse community.”

Professor Nicola Phillips

Vice Principal (Education)

 

“We are proud of our diverse community at King’s and inclusion runs central to our vision as a world leading university, serving the needs of society. As an educational organisation we have been examining how we can improve inclusion and take even more steps to making a positive change and ensure King’s is a welcoming place to all. This important new initiative provides an opportunity to harness education for positive change and supports our commitment and ongoing work to advance race equality at our university.”

Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin

Vice-Principal (International)

 

We are delighted with this new university partnership – you can help us to enable these students to receive a full scholarship by donating at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/cowrie-scholarship-foundation

New University Partnerships

Queen Mary University London logo, University of Edinburgh logo, University of Liverpool logo

We are very proud to announce that we have three new university partnerships with:
– Queen Mary University of London
– University of Edinburgh
– University of Liverpool

These leading universities will join our current partners, Newcastle University and the University of Southampton. https://cowriescholarshipfoundation.org.uk/partners/
Each of the five partner universities will cover the tuition fees, and in some cases the maintenance, for at least three students over a decade from October 2021.

Newcastle University

“We are delighted and honoured to be one of only five universities to provide this opportunity. Access to university should not be limited by race or social class, but unfortunately this is not the case for all in our society. The financial cost of going to university can often be a barrier, so these scholarships could transform the lives of Black British students.”
Professor Chris Day
Vice-Chancellor and President, Newcastle University

The University of Southampton

“I am delighted that our University is partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation. As an institution, we are committed to fair access and participation in higher education and recognise the structural barriers which result in a lower proportion of Black UK students studying at Russell Group universities. More work is needed, not only to widen access, but also to ensure that students feel at home, achieve excellent results and progress to their chosen careers or postgraduate study. These scholarships will form part of our broader Widening Participation strategy.”
Professor Mark E. Smith
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton

Queen Mary University of London

“Inclusion is a value at the centre of all we do at Queen Mary, and we believe that a diversity
of ideas can help us achieve what was previously unthinkable. But in recent times we have
all been asking what more we can do to help promote inclusion and what steps we can take
towards positive change.

“We know that there is so much more to do, but we are excited to be taking a tangible step
forward by partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to provide scholarships for
Black British students who might otherwise be unable to benefit from a Queen Mary
education. We look forward to welcoming them to our diverse community.”
Professor Colin Grant
Vice-Principal (International)
Sheila Gupta MBE
Vice-Principal (People, Culture and Inclusion)

The University of Edinburgh

“Higher Education has the power to transform lives – not just of those who study at
Edinburgh, but also for their families and communities. I am proud that we are part of the
Cowrie Scholarship Foundation, which will help our ongoing commitment to ensure that
students from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible can not only study here, but feel
that they truly belong and have the opportunity to thrive.”
Professor Peter Mathieson
Principal, the University of Edinburgh

The University of Liverpool

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to provide
scholarships for disadvantaged Black British students. This important new initiative provides
an opportunity to harness education for positive change and supports our commitment and
ongoing work to advance race equality at our University.”
Professor Dame Janet Beer
Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

We are delighted to have these new university partnerships. These partnerships mean that at least 15 disadvantaged Black students will be able to attend university with the tuition fees waivered. You can help us to enable these students to receive a full scholarship by donating at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/cowrie-scholarship-foundation

Registered Charity Announcement

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We are very excited to announce that we have received charity status. We have been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number: 1191471

Your support for the foundation will help disadvantaged Black British students to attend university. Please support the foundation if you can by donating:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/cowrie-scholarship-foundation

You can find out more about our aims here:

https://cowriescholarshipfoundation.org.uk/