Professor Bligh Scholarship recipient announced
Donald Bligh graduated in Teacher Training from City of Leeds Training College in 1958 and has since enjoyed a rewarding career as an educator which, as well as various higher education positions, included a 10-year period as a special advisor to the Home Office.
Donald decided to support Leeds Beckett students financially after a call from a current student as part of a fundraising campaign. A passionate believer in the transformative power of education, he wanted to contribute more than just a monthly gift.
This year Donald chose second-year Biomedical Sciences (Human Biology) student Sheree Smith to receive his support out of almost 40 applicants, saying “This scholarship is for students with an independence of mind. I look forward to mentoring with her in the coming year. Sheree is only 21 but I’ve already thrown her challenging ideas and she has responded with her own. She has a remarkable breadth of understanding in science and arts disciplines. Her variety of ideas should enable her to associate them in new and creative ways. As a person she is very open in herself. She doesn’t shy away from anything . –If she has an opinion about something she will share it. Eventually Sheree wants to be a University lecturer and I have already described to her the main lecture structures and some of the ways they combine to achieve different kinds of learning and thought. These should help her when listening to lectures. Sheree is modest yet an exciting prospect. The Professor Bligh Scholarship is intended for students with these special qualities who are the first in their family to go to a university and who come from less fortunate backgrounds.”
On being awarded the Scholarship Sheree said “Receiving the Professor Bligh Scholarship will help to eliminate some of the financial worries associated with studying and help to put my mind at ease. The scholarship will not only be a brilliant investment in my future, it will also help to instil some confidence in myself knowing that Professor Bligh and Leeds Beckett University have given me the best possible opportunity. I hope to go on to represent each of them proudly in my scientific research career. Receiving this Scholarship means that I can now attend scientific lectures in areas of the country which previously would have been impossible, such as Animal Free Research UK's annual Animal Replacement Science Conference and delve deep into my areas of interest.”