The University’s origins are deeply rooted in the generosity of individuals and the fundraising efforts of the community. For nearly 100 years the women of the University have made a significant impact both locally and nationally through their charitable and philanthropic work.
The following highlight the determination of University women in improving the lives of others:
- To support the establishment of a University College, a Bazaar & Fete was hosted in 1922 by the women of Leicester. Organised by the Bazaar Committee, the event raised an impressive £15,237 11s. 6d. to support the University’s fundraising appeal.
- The philanthropic work of Mary Attenborough, wife of Frederick Attenborough (Principal of the University College), demonstrates how a woman of influence can use her position to help protect and house refugees in Leicester during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.
- The longstanding participation and enthusiasm of female students in the annual RAG (Raise and Give) fundraising events.