Group of students who participated in the telephone campaign, standing on steps on Whiteknights Campus

A Remarkable Show Of Support

The University of Reading would like to say thank you for the generous support we received from you, our alumni community, in response to our Spring Telephone Fundraising Campaign.

During February, our wonderful team of 45 University of Reading students called alumni to connect with them and ask them to consider contributing to the Student Support Fund. In a remarkable show of support, our community donated over £47,000 for students. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this campaign. 

During the campaign, students called alumni to talk about their time at Reading, to update them on some of the vital projects the University is working on, and to seek their support for the Student Support Fund. Calls were made to hundreds of alumni, and over 850 of you took the time to talk with our students. You offered valuable advice and guidance to our students on completing their degrees, together with sharing your experiences from the workplace. 

Alongside the pearls of wisdom, hundreds of alumni also generously contributed to the Student Support Fund. Whether you gave a single donation, or set up a recurring monthly gift, your generosity has made a difference in ensuring consistent long-term support for students in need. 

Many of our alumni also contacted us to say how much they enjoyed connecting with our current students. Katie said: 

“I just wanted to say that I have now donated and what a pleasure it was to talk to Lucas on Sunday. A lovely, chatty young man. Very personable and a credit to the University of Reading.” 

Supporting students

Wherever possible, Reading is committed to ensuring that every capable student has the opportunity to stay at university, even if their circumstances change. As part of this commitment, the Fundraising team launched the Spring Telephone Fundraising Campaign in February to provide vital funding to students. 

Alumni support every stage of the student journey and your donations make a significant impact through funding scholarships, wellbeing projects and enabling work experience opportunities. Your donations also ensure emergency hardship support is available to students in crisis. 

Many of our students joined the calling team wanting to give something back to the University. Mahadev said:

“I just wanted to say I am very grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the fundraising campaign held in February. I wanted to give something back to the University. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.” 

Thanks to our alumni community, the University can continue to provide vital support to students. Donations last year funded 104 student hardship grants and 54 internships. It is your support that makes a difference to our students’ lives. Thank you for being a part of our community, and for your generosity. 

Find out more about how our community supports our students.