Oxford University Society
East Kent Branch
The East Kent Branch of the OUS was set up in the early 1970s by Oxford alumni and alumnae living in East Kent. At first it existed purely for social occasions, which proved to be very popular. Later, we established the grant scheme which, from its inception, has received enthusiastic support from all members. It was the first branch of the OUS to establish a fund financed by donations from its members to assist students to travel or carry out projects relating to their studies. The fund provides bursaries for Oxford students who live in East Kent, or who have attended independent or state secondary schools here. The area covered includes Canterbury, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Hythe, Deal, Ramsgate, Margate and surrounding areas. Members are asked to make a donation of £10 or more annually to the fund.
The Branch currently has around 150 members. Many of them attend the social events we arrange, most of which generate profits to augment the bursary fund. Over the past twelve years the Branch has donated about £26,500 to support qualifying students.
In 2015 the Branch gave a total of £2,500 to five students, in sums ranging from £200 to £750. The subjects covered included:
A geological mapping project in the Alps
Piano masterclasses in Milan
An ecology field course in Borneo
An internship at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport
A mathematics summer school in the USA
The Branch welcomes applications for support from qualifying students. Some of those who have benefited from a bursary are invited to make a presentation of their travel and project to the members of the Branch at its Annual General Meeting in Canterbury in the following October or at some other meeting.