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Book eases student hardship

A student studying structural engineering

A student studying structural engineering

24 September 2010

A student studying structural engineering

Hard-up engineering students can now access financial support thanks to the fundraising efforts of Emeritus Professor Roy Severn.

The Engineering Faculty Student Support Fund has been set up with money raised from the sale of Professor Severn’s book, The Development of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol, 1909–2009. Established in time for the new term, the fund will provide grants to engineering students who are experiencing financial difficulties through no fault of their own.

At present the fund stands at over £11,000, accruing from the sale of just more than half of the books printed; this leaves about 230 still to be sold.

Professor Severn urges alumni to consider buying remaining books. ‘Not only is the book a fascinating read, but in addition all proceeds will directly support students in need. Students these days face serious financial pressures, and this initiative will help relieve their worries so they can focus on their studies,' he said.

He was promoted to Reader in 1965 and appointed to the Chair in 1968. He was Dean of the Faculty on two occasions, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1981-84. He retired in 1996. In 1981 he was elected to the Fellowship of Engineering (later the Royal Academy of Engineering), and in 1990 to the Presidency of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was awarded the CBE for services to the construction industry in 1992.

The book costs £50. To order a copy of the book please email Professor Severn directly at