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Talk to our callers, and make a difference to our students

 September 30, 2015 | Simon Jenkins


The start of the new academic year means that campus is buzzing again. It’s also the time of year when a team of students will begin contacting alumni and donors to the University to raise much needed funds to support essential projects across the University.

The Footsteps Fund team is made up of current students from a range of departments and includes scholarship recipients, society presidents and postgraduate students. The team are passionate about life at Leeds and enjoy engaging with those who graduated before them. All of our callers are paid an hourly rate and receive extensive training.

To date the Footsteps Fund has raised over £5 million to fund projects which enhance the student experience at Leeds. Over 8,000 graduates and supporters of Leeds have made a generous contribution to our telephone appeals.

The majority of the funds raised enable the University to offer scholarships to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who might not have been able to take up their place at Leeds without this financial support. Some of the other projects which received funding recently include the new boathouse and the Laidlaw library, where the names of the Footsteps Fund donors are displayed prominently on our wall of thanks.

The biggest funding priority remains student scholarships and the callers will be talking about this in the coming weeks, along with some exciting developments such as the upgrade of the Union building. To find out more about the Footsteps Fund, click here.

The team loves to keep in touch with Leeds alumni. If you would like to speak a current Leeds student, or do not wish to be called during this year’s Telephone Campaign, please let us know by emailing us at

Talk to our callers, and make a difference to our students