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The Building Futures bursaries awarded to students for the second year running

The Building Futures bursaries awarded to students for the second year running

1 October 2021

The students will have their fees and a contribution to living expenses paid for the duration of their three year degree under a collaboration between the University and the Blueprint for All charity (formerly known as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust). The bursaries are part of the charity’s Building Futures programme, which supports students from under-represented backgrounds to study and qualify as architects.

“The Architecture BA Honours course at Newcastle has been my aspiration since the beginning of my A-level studies”, said bursary recipient Hannah Rolfe from Kent, “the course values the importance of students discovering their own styles and experimenting on their own paths. This more creative approach that encourages individuality is one that I feel most enthused by.”

“The course is not only set in the dynamic and evolving city of Newcastle but also the historic building that houses the School of Architecture, Landscape and Planning. I feel privileged to have been offered the opportunity to study in such an inspirational environment.”

Safaa Kallas was born in Damascus, Syria and lived there until she was 14 years old. Along with her family, she fled Syria due to the ongoing conflict in 2016 and started her new journey in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. “The Building Futures Bursary eases my worries about any additional cost that I may need during my study”, said Safaa, “such as a suitable computer for the programme, required software and the cost of modelling materials that I may need. I consider the bursary as the first step which will help me achieve my dream career.”

Left: Hannah Rolfe and Right: Safaa Kallas

Hannah Rolfe
Safaa Kallas

We’re grateful for the generosity of alumni and practices who support the fund and delighted to welcome Hannah and Safaa to the School

Sam Austin, Director of Architecture

Sam Austin, the Director of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape said, “Blueprint for All bursaries make a really important contribution to supporting students from under-represented groups to study and succeed in architecture. We’re grateful for the generosity of alumni and practices who support the fund and delighted to welcome Hannah and Safaa to the School.”

Supporters

We would like to thank the generosity of our alumni and architect practices who have contributed financially to this university bursary. With thanks to:

  • Anthony Keith
  • Geoffrey and Anne Purves Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • FaulknerBrowns Architects
  • Foster and Partners
  • Grimshaw Architects
  • Napper Architects
  • Page\Park Architect
  • Sheppard Robson
  • Xsite Architecture