Whether it's to say thank you, or because they believe in education, or simply to make life a little fairer, people donate to the Annual Fund for lots of reasons...
"One of my best memories from my time at Kingston is working on my dissertation at the end of the year. I was well and truly 'in the zone' by then, had my favourite desk in the library (which I would try to secure by getting there early in the morning!) and a real buzz with my fellow classmates.
I'm still in touch with a few of my Kingston friends and classmates. Life is so much more hectic with family and work but I know if I called them it would be like we were in Kingston just yesterday.
I was first interested in giving back to Kingston when I was called a few years ago. I couldn't think of a better way to support someone to have the experience I did and have a chance to succeed afterwards –- very rewarding. That's what motivated me to give back.
I feel strongly about supporting those less fortunate than me to have a better chance at taking up opportunities in the field they chose to specialise in.
And I feel strongly about staying connected to Kingston!"
Huma is currently Regional Legal Director, Northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand at RB
"What I remember most fondly about my time at Kingston was the fantastic mix of theory and practice in my degree course. My placement year was another highlight – applying my learnings at a software company and working with prestigious clients. The sports and social life at Kingston were superb. I had great classmates and extremely good lecturers. I was delighted to catch up with seven of my classmates at the recent Last Orders event at the Kingston University bar. It had been 30 years since we first met in the bar back in 1986.
I first started giving back to Kingston around 10 years ago. The environment for students is much tougher these days in terms of access and financial support. Outcomes for graduates in terms of job prospects aren't what they used to be. There's less certainty. I'm giving back because Kingston did so much for me personally, especially for my confidence and my self-development. At Deloitte I spent several years leading graduate recruitment. Supporting young people is something I feel particularly passionate about.
Access to employment for those from non-traditional university backgrounds is increasingly important. At Deloitte, we know that to find the best talent, we must continue to recruit a diverse workforce."
Kevin is currently Partner, Global Technology Leader at Deloitte MCS Limited
As a mature student Sally studied sports science finding the experience 'transformational'. In the process she developed the idea of 'Relay Tennis' with the support of the Kingston University Enterprising Graduate Award. 'Relay Tennis' is a tennis variant – each team member playing for one point at a time – therefore potentially having a lighter physiological impact upon the bodies of young children, who, at such a young age are in serious danger of burn out.
Sally's generous decision to donate to the Annual Fund was reinforced recently at our donor event, where inspiring conversations with some of our postgraduate scholars and Chancellor Bonnie Greer's speech on how students are "the future and hope of the world in the 21st century", struck a real chord.
"Coming from Gibraltar, which sponsors its students, I was very fortunate to receive a grant for my studies without which I would not have been able to read a Law degree at Kingston. Even with this help, however, the costs of living abroad and near London were quite high. Without the outside help that we got, it must be even more challenging. And as my years at the University were amongst my best ever I would therefore like to help other students enjoy them just as much."