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Women of the Future Appeal

Dr Aisha Gill, alumna

Dr Aisha Gill

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 was the first Chancellor's Appeal in Essex's history – and it was a huge success. Led by former Chancellor Shami Chakrabarti, it aimed to raise funds for 25 masters scholarships at Essex for bright and inspirational women from across the world.

We aimed to raise £500,000, but by the end of the year-long campaign had reached £600,000 – enabling us to offer places to 30 brilliant scholars, who will use what they learn here to bring about positive change in their communities.

We are enormously grateful to all our students, staff, alumni and friends for their support – and very proud of the success of the appeal and what it means for lives across the world.

Why women?

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 are now equipping 30 women from around the world with the skills and knowledge they need to empower them to become leaders and drivers of change in their communities.

Essex Women

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.