Donor Pin Week – Monday 20th to Friday 24th September 2010
The University of Gloucestershire has expressed its gratitude towards the generous benefactors who have helped to support its work over the last 12 months. The thank you marks the beginning of Donor Pin Week – an annual landmark which recognises and celebrates the enormous impact that donations and charitable gifts to universities have each year.

Donor Pin Week has run annually in the UK since September 2007. Around 8,000 donors in the UK have received donor pins in recognition of the generous donations they have made to universities. A number of universities are involved in Donor Pin Week, including the University of Gloucestershire; the University of Bath; University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; Brunel University; University of Sheffield; University of Warwick; University of Reading; University of Brighton; University of Liverpool; Imperial College London; London School of Economics; University of Leeds; Open University; University of Edinburgh; and Queen’s University Belfast.

In the academic year 2008-9 the annual Ross-CASE survey revealed that donations to universities in the UK had reached over £0.5 billion for the first time, enabling universities to continue their work on many important causes and issues.

Here in Gloucestershire in addition to supporting scholarships and superb facilities, donations from members of the public have enabled the University of Gloucestershire to acquire items for the library and archives, various cultural programmes including the Cheltenham Illustration Awards, specific sports initiatives including Sport Malawi and support for our Chaplaincy.  Many of these programmes are available to, and support the local population.

Universities are more than teaching and learning institutions, with a huge impact on the UK economy, employing thousands of people across the country and bringing business and talent to local communities.

Paul Hartley Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said:
“Universities are key drivers of development, innovation and change across the whole of the social spectrum, and they nurture and support some of our most talented individuals.  Every donation we receive – no matter how small – from former students and other supporters can help us continue this work.  At the University of Gloucestershire we have been well supported by our generous donors, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their invaluable assistance.”

Donations made to universities before July 2011 will be worth even more thanks to the Matched Funding Scheme, which allows cash gifts to universities to be matched by up to £200 million of government funding.  The groundbreaking scheme, now in its third and final year, has already helped universities to secure millions of pounds of additional cash on top of donations. This money has been used to support a wide range of initiatives in universities, from funding important research to building new state-of-the-art facilities, to providing bursaries for talented students.

To find out more about donating to the University of Gloucestershire and the Matched Funding Scheme visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire