Sue Heward – legacy pledger
June 27, 2018 | Simon Jenkins
Students from less privileged backgrounds will benefit from a legacy pledged by Sue Heward (History 1975), the widow of Professor Phil Taylor (History 1975, PhD 1978).
The two met on their second day as undergraduates. Phil went on to spend his whole career at Leeds, joining the School of History as a lecturer after completing his PhD and later moving to the Institute of Communications Studies, where he was director from 1998 until his death in 2010.
Sue has chosen to leave a share of the residue of her estate to the University to provide scholarships for students who face difficult financial circumstances.
“Phil and I talked about this a long time ago,” she says. “We decided we wanted to help students less fortunate than ourselves.
“Your time at university is a pivotal point in your development. It’s where you grow up. You learn how to conduct relationships. It sets you up, not just for a career but for life.
“This opportunity shouldn’t be denied to people on purely financial grounds.”