Alumni of Bayes, we hope that you are proud of the experience you had as a student and that it paved the way for a successful future.
In these times of uncertainty, you can strengthen that connection by making a donation to one of our three areas of support: Greatest Need, Student Support or our Care Leavers Initiative.
Every single pound that you donate will go directly towards your chosen area of support.
Bayes' Greatest Need
Many of our supporters choose to direct their gifts towards Bayes’ area of greatest need, giving us the flexibility to fund projects according to the highest priority.
These donations also help to broaden the types of initiatives that the Fund is able to support. As well as vital help for students struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, we will be able to earmark funds for the kinds of extra-curricular activities and entrepreneurship initiatives that improve the student experience and equip our graduates for the real world that lies ahead of them.
Furthermore, the Fund’s flexibility will make it a critical resource for the School and the broader University to strengthen current programmes, carry out cutting-edge research, seizing new opportunities and addressing future challenges.
Help make a difference to our students and donate to Bayes' Greatest Need
Student Support is there to help students who find themselves in situations where there is a real danger that they will not be able to complete their studies.
The impact that Student Support made upon Justyna Wolczyk’s studies was both life-changing and degree-saving. Justyna studied for a BSc in Banking and International Finance and quickly realised that pursuing her studies was going to be a financial struggle.
“I knew the money from my two part time jobs – making pretzels and working in an ice-cream parlour – would cover my rent, but how was I going to eat, clothe myself, and afford books? The Student Support fund solved that problem and allowed me to focus and study with a real peace of mind.”
Justyna’s talent for mathematics and work ethic are enabling her to excel within her field. She has already spent a year on placement at American Express who were then impressed enough to offer her a job after she graduated. “Without that support I think I would have been in a very different place, and I’d like to thank all those who have donated to the Business School. You are amazing!”
Care Leavers Initiative
Supporting and enabling young care leavers to achieve their academic potential through our dedicated care programme is a priority at Bayes.
Breaking the social care cycle is essential in giving these young adults the chance to see a promising future unfold. With that in mind, we aim to not only attract more care leavers to Bayes through our outreach work, but when they are here to provide them with a comprehensive support package that includes an annual bursary, a designated member of staff to offer them practical and pastoral support, priority accommodation that extends through the summer, priority for professional mentoring, and mental health monitoring.
Robin is just one of our young students who grew up whilst moving in and out of care. The constant disruption, the lack of a family who he could rely upon, and a sense that he was not as bright as his ever-changing classmates – Robin changed school five times throughout his education – left him low on confidence and ambition.
However, a visit from a higher education outreach officer convinced him that he had the ability and was only lacking the confidence to aim high.
A talent for business studies and computing helped him choose a path that eventually led to a BSc in Business Studies at Bayes.
“Attending college and then university felt like the most frightening steps I could take. Yet deep down I knew I had to give it a go. The help and support – not least the bursary – that I got when I was there were so important.
I cannot stress that enough. Without it I would have felt incredibly alone and may well have dropped out, probably after a few weeks.”
Robin graduated with first class honours and has a message for you all: “Thank you so much for your support. I feel like I’m ready to take on the world now.”
Learn a little more about Care Leavers Initiative and help students like Robin here.