Alumni Bursary for 1st Year Students

Thanks to a generous donation from the family of Southlands alumna, Barbara Baxter (nee Reynolds) who sadly passed away earlier this year,  five new Primary Education bursaries will be offered in 2014.

Posted: 15 October 2013

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Barbara's class c. 1945

The University is delighted to announce five new Primary Education bursaries in 2014, thanks to a generous donation from the family of Southlands alumna, Barbara Baxter (nee Reynolds) who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Barbara was born in Cornwall in 1925, the eldest of three children. As a girl, she was bright and had ambitions to become a teacher. However a lack of funds at the time meant that she was unable to afford the cost of attending university, so she decided to enter the profession another way, securing a job as a junior teacher in a local private school. It was through this experience that she was able to gain a scholarship to Southlands in 1944. As with all Roehampton colleges, Southlands had relocated during the war and Barbara found herself living and studying in Weston Super Mare, just south of Bristol. During her time in Southlands, Barbara met many friends and even became captain of the womens tennis team.
After graduating, Barbara went on to pursue her teaching career. She met her husband in 1946 and the couple married 3 years later before moving to London where Barbara took up a job as a teacher in Crofton in South East London and then subsequently became a lecturer in Dartford College, until retiring in 1988.

Teaching was a life love of Barbara, so her only son Keith decided upon her death earlier this year that he would donate some of her estate to the University of Roehampton in the form of a bursary.
The money will be awarded to the top five achieving A-Level students from South East London who apply to study primary education and who are in receipt of a maintenance grant. “Mum always wanted to help young people, so it feels right to be doing this. I think it is what she would have wanted” said her son Keith.

The bursaries will be known as the ‘Barbara Baxter Education Bursary’ and will aim to assist students with their living costs during their first year at Roehampton.

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