University announces veterans endowment

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014

University announces veterans endowment

On the occasion of the hundred year anniversary of The Great War, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George E Holmes announced an endowment of £100,000 for war veterans to study at the University.

Speaking at the Concert for Remembrance at Bolton’s Albert Hall, the Vice Chancellor paid tribute to all those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Said Prof Holmes: ‘The £100,000 figure reflects the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War in 1914.

‘The Great War affected everyone and universities were no different. At that time universities were male only and with so many killed in conflict, it left them without students and at risk of closure.

‘As a tribute, and to recognise the service given, the endowment will offer both men and women who have served their country the chance to study and learn.

‘The opportunities we have now would not have been possible without those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.’

The Vice Chancellor also went on to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Mayor of Bolton’s remembrance concert appeal and laid a wreath at Victoria Square on Remembrance Sunday.

More than 1,000 people attended the Remembrance service, paying respect to the men and women who served in the conflict.

A further memorial to include the traditional two minute silence will mark Armistice Day on Tuesday November 11 in Victoria Square.

More than 700,000 men lost their lives fighting for Britain in the Great War with approximately 3,300 from Bolton.

Further details about the endowment and information on who is eligible to apply for it will be released in the near future.