Women of the Future Appeal
Dr Aisha Gill, alumna
“This is a place where you can
become who you really want to be, a place where diversity is respected, valued and nurtured.
Essex gave me wings to fly – it is an empowering place to study and grow.”
First ever Chancellor's Appeal
The Women of the Future Appeal is the first Chancellor's Appeal in Essex's
history. Led by Chancellor Shami Chakrabarti, it seeks to raise funds for 25
masters scholarships at Essex. Places will be awarded to bright and inspirational
women from across the world, who will use what they learn here to effect positive
change in their communities.
With your help, we aim to raise £500,000, an investment we know will reach
far beyond the 25 women, and into the communities they will support and lead.
Over the past four decades the number of women accessing higher education has grown
significantly, but women are still not on an equal footing to men in the workplace.
At Essex we know that ability is not determined by gender or by where you happen to be born.
These scholarships will equip 25 women from around the world with the skills and knowledge
needed to empower them to become leaders and drivers of change in their communities.
Essex has a proud tradition of educating amazing women. Our women graduates are already changing
the world - alumni like Dr Shirin Chaudhury, the first woman speaker of Bangladesh's parliament and
an Essex scholarship student herself, Dr Aisha Gill, an activist and academic working to end
violence against women, and Carry Somers, a leading climate-change and Fairtrade pioneer.
The University will match every donation, pound for pound, doubling your donation to double your impact.
- Give online
or contact us to have a conversation.
- Give over the phone by calling +44 (0)1206 872700
- Give by post by sending a cheque payable to University of Essex:
Head of Philanthropy
The Chancellor's Appeal
- Tell your friends and family or spread the word online using the hashtag #changetomorrow
With your help we can make the future brighter for women and the world they shape.
Women of the future
Scholarships create opportunities to test the boundaries of conventional truths. Find out how scholarships are helping
the fight against cancer and the impact our scholars could have.
Our founding supporters have got us off to a great start and your donation can help too.
Spread the word about the Women of the Future appeal, which supports the most talented women who are willing to challenge conventions across the world.
Inspiring Essex women
Essex women have been breaking boundaries and challenging convention since 1964. Read amazing stories
about how we are changing the world, bit by bit.