Students Staff

26 January 2017

Your pennies changing lives

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The Advancement Team

The Advancement Team

Rounding off our series of Donate Your Pennies case studies, we spoke to members of the Advancement Team, who really do all practise what they preach by donating to the scheme  they launched.

Andrea Child (AC), Administrative Assistant, Chris Coates (CC), Communications Officer, Alison Edge (AE), Research Manager, James Martin (JM), Regular and Planned Giving Officer, and Jo Sellars (JS), Alumni Relations Officer explain why they think this initiative is worth signing up to.

What inspired you to sign up to Donate Your Pennies?

JS: “I knew I wouldn’t miss the pennies, and that the combined input from many people having this same thought could make a huge difference to a student. It was an easy decision to make.”

Why do you think supporting education is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?

AC: “As I send the thank you email every month on behalf of the team, seeing the figures grow month-on-month is so encouraging. What seems an insignificant amount to me collectively totals a very significant donation to the University.”

CC: “When I started working at Essex four years ago, one of the first stories I remember was about a woman who wanted to be a human rights lawyer, and thanks to a Santander scholarship, is now at the NGO she wanted to work for in Brazil, helping people who need legal representation. The success of the Women of the Future Appeal means we can help 30 people like her, and each successful graduate creates ripples out into their community.”

AE: “Education is the only antidote to some of the madness in the world at the moment, and we need to make sure that those with the potential to instil change are able to study and achieve that potential.”

JM: “A University education is a transformational experience – not just in terms of broadening your career prospects, but broadening your world view and growing you as a person. As staff at Essex, we all share a responsibility to continue to ensure the best and brightest can enjoy that transformational experience, regardless of means or background. It’s a responsibility not just to our institution, but to our society at large.”

JS: “No-one should be held back because of their financial situation. Making a contribution can help change someone’s future, which is really rewarding.”

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?

AC: “If we all donated we’d be able to raise even more to help disadvantaged students. Education should be for everyone.”

CC: “The world never changes as fast as we want it to, but what we do today really does influence the future.”

AE: “You won’t even miss those few pennies, and you’ll be part of a huge demonstration of how much the staff at this university believes in and supports what it does.”

JM: “Take out a 50p from your pocket and think about what it can buy you. Then multiply 50p by 3,500. That’s how much money per month we can contribute together to student scholarships if all Essex staff signed up.”

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

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16 December 2016

Your pennies changing lives: Joe Greenwood

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Joe Greenwood

Joe Greenwood

Every penny really does count with the Donate Your Pennies fundraising initiative which is already raising hundreds of pounds for Women of the Future.

We’ve spoken to people from around our University community who have signed up to the scheme to find out what motivated them. Following hot on the heels of last week’s case study is Joe Greenwood, Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Government.

What inspired you to sign up to Donate Your Pennies?

I knew that I wouldn’t miss a few pennies each month, and that if lots of people joined the scheme then we could, collectively, raise quite a lot of money.

Why do you think supporting education for women is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?

I think it’s important to challenge the role that privilege plays in shaping people’s lives. Gender inequality is a clear manifestation of the functioning of privilege and it affects women’s opportunities in education, which are an important influence on subsequent opportunities. Donating money isn’t the only, or even the most important, way to address such inequality, but it can play a part. There is a tangible benefit to offering women from around the world the chance to study here at Essex, especially since the option might otherwise not have been available to them. If some of the recipients of the scholarships go on to be part of positive change in their communities, all the better, but if not then it’s enough that they could spend a year learning, thinking, and engaging with new people. Each of our contributions to that via Donate your Pennies might be tiny, but we can have a big impact together.

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?

If all the staff at the University donated 50p per month it would add up to over £12,000 per year!

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

 

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30 November 2016

Your pennies changing lives: Eloise Peters

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Every penny really does count with the Donate Your Pennies fundraising initiative which is already raising hundreds of pounds for Women of the Future.

We’ve spoken to people from around our University community who have signed up to the scheme to find out what motivated them.  Following hot on the heels of last week’s case study is Eloise Peters, Growth Hub Data Co-ordinator in the Research and Enterprise team.

Eloise Peters

Eloise Peters

What inspired you to sign up to Donate your Pennies?
I thought that it even though it would have a negligible impact on my income, the combined effect of every small donation each month across the university could make such a positive contribution.

Why do you think supporting education for women is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?
I think women gain a lot from education as it increases their employability and self-sufficiency, but it goes a lot further than that! Teaching women thinking skills allows them to take control of their lives, make effective decisions, and make their own path through life. Friendships between women begin in education and often extend through life, creating a network of confident empowered women. And finally, often education starts the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment and engagement with particular interest.

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?
It’s a small individual contribution, but when combined can achieve a lot.

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

 

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18 November 2016

Your pennies changing lives: Professor Graham Underwood

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graham_underwood_300x200Every penny really does count with the Donate Your Pennies fundraising initiative which is already raising hundreds of pounds for Women of the Future.

We’ve spoken to people from around our University community who have signed up to the scheme to find out what motivated them. The first in our Pennies series is Professor Graham Underwood, Executive Dean, Science and Health.

What inspired you to sign up to Donate your Pennies?
It’s such a simple and easy system, but one that can make a difference, month by month, as more people sign up. A great example of where small individual actions can be scaled up to something significant.

Why do you think supporting education for women is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?
Education is a proven route to improving peoples life chances, and I think providing the opportunity for women to come to the UK and study at Essex is particularly exciting . I’ve read reports that show how empowering women in developing countries correlates strongly with better outcomes, for them, their families and society. Given our strong commitment as a University to equality and internationalisation, this is an excellent programme.

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?
Just do it! A couple of clicks on a webpage and it’s done!

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

 

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31 March 2014

Staff and students raise £1,000 for Helena Hospice

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Helena Hospice fundraising 300PX

Chief Executive of the Hospice Mark Jarman-Howe received the cheque from Hospitality Essex staff (left to right) Judy Murray, Maz Tedmon and Sam Hodgson.

Our staff and students have helped raise more than £1,000 for St Helena Hospice.

Drink supplier Coca Cola donated a percentage of takings for each bottle of Abbey Well water sold on the hospitality outlets at the Colchester Campus over the last year.

Chief Executive of the Hospice Mark Jarman-Howe received the cheque from Hospitality Essex staff (left to right) Judy Murray, Maz Tedmon and Sam Hodgson.

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12 April 2013

Walkers to raise money for legal aid

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Colchester Castle

A team of Essex lawyers from the University’s Law Clinic will be taking part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for those who cannot afford to pay for legal advice.

Dr Karen Hulme, Director of the Clinic will lead the Essex team in the 10km Colchester Legal Walk, which starts and finishes at Colchester Castle on 29 April.

The annual event raises funds for the Eastern Legal Support Trust (ELST) which funds law centres, citizens advice bureaux and pro bono agencies in the east of England.

Dr Hulme said:  “The Law Clinic, with the help from the staff and students of the School of Law, is proud to support this very worthy cause.”

If you would like to support the Essex team please donate at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Essex_Law_Clinic_walkers

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