Donor Impact 2020

A project by: Ulster University

Fundraising Today - Transforming Tomorrow

Donor impact 2020

We are delighted to launch Donor Impact 2020 which demonstrates just some of the incredible and far reaching impact donations to Ulster University have had over the last year. Please find an online copy of Donor Impact 2020 here - 

the impact of your giving

We like to take this opportunity every year to say thank you to our donors, both individual and corporate, and to share with them how their support has impacted on our students and our life-changing research, and despite the many challenges 2020 has seen, this year has been no exception. 

impact stories 

You can find out more about the incredible Ulster University response to help fight COVID-19 as well as how the community came together to raise over £112,000 in just five days to increase testing capacity in Northern Ireland.

You can read about some of our inspirational students and how they have benefited from regular donations from our graduates and staff towards the Student Opportunity Fund, often transforming their lives for the better. Students like Caoimhe, who you can see in this video. And you can read about the continued efforts to ensure the success of the student-led Mind Your Mood initiative, which to date has seen over £130,000 raised for it in the last few years by fundraising from our staff, students, graduates and our corporate partners.

Our business partners continue to be key contributors and you will see how this year, corporate giving has supported a wide range of projects such as emergency grants to student entrepreneurs, provided laptops and IT resources to local schoolchildren, and enabled free legal advice to those in need.

the need

In the current extremely challenging times, unfortunately we are seeing even greater need from our students. If you can, please consider making a gift today on this page. All funds will be used to benefit our students in Northern Ireland.

Why are scholarships so important?

Caoimhe is a first-year Law student at Ulster University. Due to many challenges, Caoimhe left education for a number of years but is now, against all the odds, studying part-time which allows her to hold down a job, as well as look after her two-year-old son.

As a former victim of domestic violence and the related emotional trauma, Caoimhe was determined to create a better life for herself as well as inspire her son, and chose to study law at Ulster University.

With the additional help provided by an Ulster University Student Fund scholarship, which is supported by the University’s graduates and staff, she is already on track to succeed at her studies and build a bright future.

“The scholarship is already improving my experience of University life, reducing financial pressure, and making for a healthier learning environment where family life and University life can co-exist .”

Although she is struggling financially (primarily due to the lack of funding for childcare for part time students), she is determined:

“The prospect of life with a degree far outweighs any deterrence or obstacle. And I want to make my son proud and show him that anyone, from any background, despite the odds, can create a better life. Thank you for any donation you can give to this Fund; your support really can change lives - I can’t tell you how grateful I am.”

what your gift could do:

Your gift of £25 could provide much needed help with a student's travel expenses;

A generous donation of £50 along with other alumni gifts, could help buy study materials to enable flexible study;

An incredibly kind gift of £100 could offer a life-line of hope to a student like Caoimhe who is struggling to make ends meet through no fault of their own, ensuring they can complete their degree. 

Or, if you would prefer to donate to our other priority areas - pancreatic cancer research or student wellbeing, please contact us to arrange on 

THANK YOU for anything you can give today.