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Lord Paul donates £1 million

The University of Wolverhampton has received a £1 million donation from Lord Swaraj Paul – the largest in the university’s history.

The philanthropic gift by Lord Paul is in memory of his daughter Ambika who died of leukaemia. A similar donation of £1 million was made to the London Zoo in 1994 by Lord Paul. The Children’s Zoo is named after Ambika.

Lord Paul is the Chancellor of the University since 1999. He came to the UK in 1966 where he founded the Caparo Group, a UK based industrial company with operations in Europe, Asia and north America.

Lord Paul is on a mission to ensure that higher education is also for ordinary people. The money will be used to upgrade the university’s student facilities”.

He has been a vocal advocate campaigning against Britain’s visa regime that has seen a major drop – by almost 25%, in the number of students visiting Britain for education.

Lord Paul is leading the university’s delegation to India from April 13-17  along with vice-chancellor Professor Geoff Layer. The delegation will travel to Delhi and Rajasthan where they will meet India’s Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani. He has been Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since 1999.

The university said the donation will be used to enhance the student experience.

Based at campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford and educations centres in Stafford, Burton and Birmingham City Centre, the University has 23,000 students and 2,400 staff.

It is investing £50 million over the next two years to redevelop its campuses in Wolverhampton city centre. This includes a new £22 million science facility and a new £18 million University of Wolverhampton Business School building.

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