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‘Leeds taught me to think’

 March 3, 2014 | Simon Jenkins


Susan Paul (Genetics and Microbiology 1985) says studying at Leeds made a transformative difference in her life. Now her support – both financial and practical – is having a major impact on the young people of today.

In this new video, Susan talks about her time at Leeds – and how receiving a student grant was the difference between “having a career and just being a wife.”

Now a successful businesswoman, Susan is a generous donor to the University, one of over 11,000 alumni whose gifts large and small are supporting the University’s £60m Campaign. Her support for Achievement Scholarships is giving students from less privileged backgrounds the opportunity to study at Leeds and giving them an extra incentive to succeed.

Her connection to her old University runs deeper still. In the video she also talks about the experience of employing Leeds graduate Nick Simm (Management and Marketing 2013) in one of her businesses and how his background as an Enterprise Scholar has given him “an edge” in the commercial world.

She was back on campus to deliver some further practical support, running a training session on Conflict Resolution, Leadership and Personal Development for around 20 of our current scholars. The training session offered the scholars a chance to look at professional and personal conflicts they may have experienced in the past, and examine how they dealt with them.