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Sheila Anderson (LLB 1956) raises the bar for students

30 August 2013

Our passions make us who we are. They dictate everything we do from what we study to how we spend our time. They also dictate how we choose to help others. For Sheila Anderson (LLB 1956) – whose life-changing legacy donation to Bristol equals more than £1.5 million – law, justice and access to education were more than just a passion, they were at the core of who she was.

Sheila graduated from Bristol in 1956, and went on to pursue a career in law, working both as a barrister and in-house lawyer throughout her life. But this might not have been possible if Sheila had not been awarded a State Scholarship from the government, which paid for her fees and living expenses at university.

Receiving this support played an important part in Sheila pledging £1.5 million to create a permanent scholarship fund that will support undergraduates and postgraduate students studying law at Bristol. Sheila said: 'I much enjoyed my time there. I wish to give others, who may otherwise be unable to afford it, the opportunity to study law at the University.'

The first scholarships will be awarded through the University’s existing law students outreach programmes for the 2014/15 academic year, as the fund matures to ensure five £9,000 bursaries can be guaranteed each year. 

Celia Wells, head of law at Bristol, said: ‘The Law School is thrilled that the Sheila Anderson bequest enables us to offer scholarships to candidates undertaking qualifying law degrees here at Bristol. This will be of huge benefit to us in our mission to attract students of the highest calibre irrespective of their background or means’.