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Hardship Funds

We are the trustee of over 100 trust funds, used to support academic activities at our member institutions, the School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library. ​

Our trust funds were established following generous donations from supporters. Some are almost as old as the University itself, dating back to the 1850s, while many others have been created since 2000. Please find details of our Hardship Funds below.

Trust Funds

The Yusuf Ali Fund was established in 1956 following the death of Mr Yusuf Ali and was for the purpose of assisting University of London students from India and Pakistan. As the gift was made with no other specific terms attached, it was used in a discretionary manner for many years.

The Yusuf Ali fund is used to fund the Yusuf Ali Scholarship at the School of Advanced Study, which is available to students of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent.

Dennis Henry Knowles graduated the University of London in 1941, earning a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from the Woolwich Polytechnic, and went on to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II as an engineering officer. The Knowles Fund was established in 1976 as a memorial to Mr. Knowles, who passed away in 1969, following a donation from his wife, Mrs. Lily Mary Knowles. Mrs. Knowles made a further gift to the University for the purpose of adding to the fund upon her death in the 1990s. It was originally intended that the fund be used to support students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in times of need.

The Knowles, Masie Gleave and Vice-Chancellor’s Discretionary Funds are combined and used for two purposes. Firstly, the funds provide for a hardship fund at the School of Advanced Study which supports its students in times of need. Secondly, the funds are used by the University’s Housing Services to support students in relation to difficulties with Housing.
 

Miss Masie Gleave bequeathed the money for this Trust Fund to the University in 1989. Miss Gleave had no known connection to the University and left the use of the money at the discretion of the University.

The Masie Gleave fund was originally used to support postgraduate students from across the colleges in times of financial hardship. The Knowles, Masie Gleave and Vice-Chancellor’s Discretionary Funds are combined and used for two purposes. Firstly, the funds provide for a hardship fund at the School of Advanced Study which supports its students in times of need. Secondly, the funds are used by the University’s Housing Services to support students in relation to difficulties with Housing.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Discretionary Fund was first proposed in 1946 following a number of donations with no restrictions imposed upon them. Mrs Alice Howe had made a donation in memory of her nephew who had been a student at the University, and Brigadier Mockler-Ferryman had donated sums of money to the University throughout the war to support students financially who had been greatly affected by the outbreak of the Second World War and may not finish their studies without assistance. The University Court approved the creation of the Discretionary Fund, to be used primarily to support students in times of hardship. The fund has been added to in the years since 1946 through various donations.

The Knowles, Masie Gleave and Vice-Chancellor’s Discretionary Funds are combined and used for two purposes. Firstly, the funds provide for a hardship fund at the School of Advanced Study which supports its students in times of need. Secondly, the funds are used by the University’s Housing Services to support students in relation to difficulties with Housing.