The trustees of the Spencer Steadman Trust are delighted to announce a raft of new charitable donations as part of their continuing partnership with the education charity Ark.

Three further bursaries worth £15,000 each have been awarded to enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to take up degrees at Russell Group universities this autumn.

  • Tumo Reetsang will study History at University College London
  • Nadira Alom will study Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of York
  • Nazma Ali will study History at the University of Bristol

As with last year, the trustees will also offer these exceptional students work experience and mentoring opportunities.

The trustees were thrilled that Nadira’s efforts have been recognised in a recent Evening Standard article:

Works are also under way on a new “Spencer Steadman Science Laboratory” at Ark Walworth in South London thanks to a £45,000 donation from the Trust. The lab is being built to enable students to follow along with the teacher more closely during lessons, which is crucial for Key Stage 5 learning and matches the layout of science labs in universities. It will also help allow for simultaneous timetabling of all KS5 lessons across the different science subjects, meaning more subjects can be taught. The new space will be ready for the start of the new year in September.

The trustees are also pleased to confirm that last year’s three bursary students – Malak Lewis, Husen Ahmed, and Ryan Bitar – have all successfully completed their first year of university. Malak summed up what the bursary had meant to her in a letter to the trustees recently: “Receiving this scholarship has transformed my life, and I am honoured and grateful to be one of the recipients. Thanks to your generosity, I have been able to pursue my academic goals without the financial constraints that come with them.”

Jessica West, Principal at Ark Walworth Academy said “The Spencer Steadman Trust has made a huge difference here at Ark Walworth Academy. Through your support, our school has been able to refurbish and equip The Spencer Steadman Trust Laboratories in time for the start of the 2023 academic year. We were able to match-fund your donation, meaning that the contribution from The Spencer Steadman Trust stretched further and we are in the proud position to have two laboratories fully equipped for cutting edge teaching from next week. With these new facilities, we are ready to deliver our thriving A level provision, to support our very popular BTEC Applied Science programme, and to develop an exciting new course in T Level Laboratory Science. The school has a proud heritage in supporting the study of science, most particularly in the field of healthcare and we are truly grateful to everyone involved with The Spencer Steadman Trust for enabling us to continue this important work.”

Kate Steadman, Chair of the Spencer Steadman Trust said “We are incredibly proud that the Spencer Steadman Trust continues to go from strength to strength in 2023, supporting talented children and young people in need and genuinely transforming their life opportunities through these exciting new projects and new bursaries. Of course none of this would be possible without our friends and supporters, to whom we owe everything for keeping Spencer’s mission alive.”

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