Biggest donation from graduate to help youngsters
A FORMER University of Nottingham student has donated £2.1 million to a project to help deprived youngsters reach undergraduate courses.
David Ross' donation is the largest the university has ever received from a graduate.
It will go to the Nottingham Potential, a scheme aiming to break down the barriers to higher education.
Mr Ross, who is the co-founder of phone firm Carphone Warehouse, has his own charity, the David Ross Foundation, which works with children in schools in deprived areas.
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He said: "The David Ross Foundation's partnerships with schools in deprived areas has shown us that in order to raise young people's aspirations then the earlier we start, the better.
"Our focus is on working with children at an early age to show them that a university education is a door very much open to them.
"Talent and ability is abundant in these schools, and in many different fields – academic, artistic, sporting and many more.
"However, without the right kind of encouragement and support young people may not appreciate the opportunities that they can seize."
In addition to Mr Ross' donation, the university is spending £16 million a year on the project by 2015-16.
Nottingham Potential was launched yesterday.
The scheme will target a number of the city's more deprived areas.
The initial base opened in the Hope Centre, Broxtowe Estate, yesterday.