Philanthropic support has been integral to the University of Birmingham since its foundation, and this
culture of giving continues to change lives. Philanthropy provides opportunities for students from all
backgrounds to access higher education and set them on the route to a successful career. Financial
assistance is available to the best and brightest at all stages, whether they be undergraduates, studying
for a Masters degree or PhD, or starting out as full-time academics. The University continues to be
enriched as a result, and Old Joe spoke to alumni and staff to find out how they have benefited.
Access to education
Emma James (BA Theology and Religion, 2014)
Emma talks about how the Access to Birmingham Scheme enabled her to study for a degree at Birmingham.
Deven Sidhpara (BSc Mathematical Economics and Statistics, 2016)
Deven qualified for a Scholarship from the Lloyds Banking Group and benefited from two paid internships.
Kostas Nikolopoulos, Birmingham Fellow
Kostas joined the University in 2012, bringing his expertise in particle physics from his research at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research).
Trudi Rainsberry (BPhil Special Education: Autism (Children), 2010)
After completing her distance learning BPhil, Trudi was able to commit to a full-time Masters degree in 2016 with the help of a Distinguished Alumni Scholarship.