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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 is the first Chancellor's Appeal in Essex's history. Led by former 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.

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 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 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.

Donate now

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:

    Lynsey Dawson
    Head of Philanthropy
    The Chancellor's Appeal
    Wivenhoe Park
    CO4 3SQ
  • 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.

Thank you.

Women of the future

Yukti Hari-Gupta

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.

Donate now

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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

Clara Sandoval

Essex women have been breaking boundaries and challenging convention since 1964. Read amazing stories about how we are changing the world, bit by bit.

Thank you

Woman holding a board that says 'Yes you can'

Essex was founded on philanthropy and has achieved a lot in the last 50 years. We plan to do a lot more in the next 50. See the difference your generosity has made to Essex.