Wild about chemistry

The Department of Chemistry will receive a £1m donation from alumnus Dr Anthony Wild

The University of York’s Department of Chemistry is to receive a truly transformation matching gift from alumnus Dr Anthony H Wild.

Dr Wild, a leading businessman and philanthropist, has been a long-time supporter of chemistry at York. In October 2016 Dr Wild visited campus to renew his support to his former department through a major new pledge which will help to leverage significant support for research and infrastructure projects across atmospheric chemistry and chemical and structural biology.

“The support from Dr Wild really does transform what we do here at the University of York.  It helps us to raise our aspirations and unlock other sources of funding for our research and teaching.

“The Department of Chemistry’s success in both teaching and research has been enhanced significantly through Dr Wild’s support.”

Professor Koen Lamberts
Vice-Chancellor and President

Dr Anthony H Wild
Dr Anthony H Wild

Through the Wild Scholarship programme, Dr Wild has so far enabled more than 67 international postgraduate students to study chemistry at York. He was instrumental in establishing the international recognised Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, and in 2015 encouraged more than 120 alumni and friends of the Department of Chemistry to support the Department’s 50th anniversary in aid of undergraduate internships and postdoctoral fellowships.

In all, Dr Wild’s support over the past eight years has helped leverage more than £30m in external funding for the University in priority areas. Student Madeline Hartley received funding through the Wild Scholarships programme. She said: “This award allowed me to study at York without having to worry as much about finances. It was also a huge confidence boost – proving to me that someone believed I was good enough and that has been really important.”

Wild Scholar Olga Semenova added: “Dr Wild’s support allowed me to study at an outstandingly high-level university. Without this generous award this dream wouldn’t have been possible.”

Laidlaw’s Leaders

Philanthropist and businessman, Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Rothiemay visited the University of York in October to meet with the President of YUSU, the Vice-Chancellor, the Director of Employability and Careers, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences to invite the University of York to join the fledgling Laidlaw Leadership and Research Scholarship programme.

First established at his alma mater, Leeds University, the programme will provide 25 of the most exceptional York undergraduate students with the opportunity to undertake a summer research project and to participate on high level leadership training as well as receiving a scholarship award or around £6,000.

York has long valued the role of leadership in the development of fully rounded student experience and we are enormously grateful for the opportunity to offer these prestigious scholarships to University of York students.

“Inspiring students to participate in programmes that will help them to become even more self-aware and will enhance their ability to succeed in their careers after York is so important.  The Laidlaw Scholars programme will allow us to build on the excellent reputation we have for instilling leadership qualities and values in our students as well as giving that extra recognition to the students who demonstrate the greatest potential to be leaders in their field – at whatever level and in whatever field they choose.”

Tom Banham
Director of Employability and Careers

The first cohort of 25 Laidlaw Scholars will be selected in June 2017.