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Inspirational Essex alumna scoops top impact award

Dr Aisha Gill Inspirational Essex alumna Dr Aisha K Gill, who is an ambassador for our Appeal, has been awarded a Celebrating Impact Prize by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

She received the award for the Outstanding Impact in Public Policy for her research on countering 'honour' crimes and forced marriage.

Now a Reader in Criminology at the University of Roehampton, Dr Gill began her research addressing violence against women while at Essex, where she received an ESRC Scholarship. She was awarded our Alumna of the Year Award in 2012. She studied for her BA, MA and PhD degrees in our Department of Sociology.

"Essex gave me a fantastic foundation for a career as an academic, a teacher, and as an activist, together centred on the desire to throw light on difficult social problems in order to nurture change.

Essex is a place where you can become who you really want to be. A place where diversity is respected, valued and nurtured. It's a place where you can really get stuck in, whatever profession you decide to go into. Essex gave me wings to fly – it is an empowering place to study and grow."
Dr Aisha Gill

Over £100,000 raised before our public launch on 12 June

Before the public launch of Women of the Future, we spoke to some of our friends who believed in the idea so much they have already contributed to help us raise over £100,000 ahead of our public launch in June. We thank our founding donors:

  • Mr Charles Abel Smith
  • Mrs Julia Abel Smith DL
  • The Rt. Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE
  • Mr Hubert Gaitskell Ashton DL
  • Auriol Ashworth
  • Sir John Ashworth
  • His Hon. Christopher Barnett QC
  • In Memory of Mrs Mary Frances Pamela Beatie
  • Mr Allan Blundell
  • Cllr Elizabeth Blundell
  • Mr David Boyle
  • Professor Sir Michael Brady FRS, FREng
  • Naomi Brady
  • Mrs Kate Clayton
  • Mr Matthew Clayton
  • Irene Constantinides
  • Rev. Patrick Cotton
  • Mr Don Dawson
  • Mrs Frances Dawson
  • Miss Lynsey Dawson
  • Mrs Antoinette Dowden
  • Professor John Dowden
  • Professor B De Neumann
  • Sir James Devitt Bt
  • Lady Susan Devitt
  • Mrs Alison Edge
  • Mr Gbolahan Faleye
  • Professor Anthony Forster
  • Mrs Victoria Forster
  • Dr Elizabeth Hall MBE
  • Professor Sir Martin Harris CBE, DL
  • Lady Harris
  • Mrs Bonnie Hill MBE, JP, DL
  • Mr Gregory Illsley
  • Mrs Monica Illsley
  • Mr John Irving
  • The Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
  • The Honourable Bernard Jenkin MP
  • Mrs Judith Judd
  • The Very Revd. Peter Judd
  • Mr Andrew Keeble
  • Professor Todd Landman
  • The Baroness Lister of Burtersett CBE, FBA
  • Mr James R Martin
  • Mr Bryn Morris
  • Professor Aletta Norval
  • Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony
  • Professor David O’Mahony
  • Mr Christopher Palmer-Tomkinson
  • Mrs Vicky Passingham
  • Mr Ian Passingham
  • Dr Jack Petchey
  • The Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Mr Timothy Porter
  • Mrs Angela Porter
  • Ms Vanessa Potter
  • Professor Jules Pretty OBE, FSB, FRSA
  • Mr Geoffrey Probert
  • Mr Peter Rainbird CBE DL
  • Brigadier Malcolm John Ratcliffe DL
  • Mrs Joanne Rogers
  • Mr Simon Rogers
  • Santander Universities
  • Professor David Sanders
  • Mr Alderman Paul Spendlove
  • In Memory of Rev. Lindsay Spendlove (Alumna) 1955-2014
  • Ms Deborah Templeman
  • Professor Graham Underwood
  • Mrs Barbara Watt
  • Mr Eduardo Wanick
  • Mrs Thassanee Wanick

The Appeal

Shami Chakrabarti

With your help, the Women of the Future Appeal will fund 25 Masters scholarships for women to study at Essex and use their knowledge around the world.

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

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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.