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King's launches The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme

Posted on 15/11/2012
Dickson Poon Scholars

- 80 scholarships available as part of £20m gift by Dickson Poon to the Law School
- Follows new study that shows six out of 10 sixth formers opt out of university due to fee worries
- Record amount ever offered to Law PhD students individually – over £90,000 each over three years
- Scheme will set new standards in legal education and research

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London has today announced the launch of the biggest ever scholarship programme for Law in the UK and rest of Europe aimed at the brightest and best students from around the world.

An unprecedented 80 scholarships worth over £2m are being offered globally in this the first full year of The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme for students who wish to study Law.

Uniquely, the scholarships focus on students who demonstrate not only academic excellence, but equally as important, outstanding leadership potential and life ambition.
 
Up to 75 may be awarded to the best undergraduates enrolling in 2013 in Law and up to five scholarships for Law PhD students enrolling in the same year. With a new study reporting that almost six out of 10 sixth formers have opted not to go straight to university primarily due to worries about fees*, the scholarships will be of significant interest, and are available to all students regardless of background.
 
The Dickson Poon Scholarships represent a significant milestone for the Law School. Mr Dickson Poon’s £20m donation is part of a £40m transformation project for the School, with the aim of furthering its reputation as one of the top law schools in the world and setting new standards in legal education and research.
 
The personal gift from Mr Dickson Poon CBE, the Hong Kong-based British philanthropist, is believed to be the largest ever to a British or European law faculty.  The scale of the scholarships reflects Mr Dickson Poon and the Law School’s shared desire to enable the brightest and best law students to obtain a world-class education free of financial concern.
 
Of the up to 75 undergraduate scholarships, 25 are worth full home/EU fees for all years of study, while the remaining 50 are worth £18,000 over three years.  The five Law PhD scholarships are for £90,000 each over three years – understood to be the largest amount awarded to individual legal research students.
 


Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal of King’s, said: ‘The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme is the best and largest of its kind for Law in this country and aims to attract the brightest and most talented legal scholars and students to The Dickson Poon School of Law.  It marks an exciting milestone both in the 180 year history of King’s College London and following the very generous gift from Mr Dickson Poon.’
 
Mr Dickson Poon commented: ‘My donation and the establishment of these scholarships is part of the ambition I share with the distinguished Law School at King's College London, to set new standards in legal education and research.

'The scholarships will help to enable exemplary students with academic agility and unlimited ambition to develop into future global leaders in all areas of law, business, education and civil society.' 

Notes to editors

*Survey of almost 1,700 pupils and students at pre-university level carried about by Guardian research across almost all in England and Wales with a handful in Scotland, using a mixture of a selected panel and responses from schools and colleges, social media and the newspaper's website. The respondents were almost all aged 16 to 21, though there was a bias towards females, who comprised 69% of the sample. Results published 31 October 2012.

For further information please contact Jack Stonebridge, PR Co-ordinator, on jack.stonebridge@kcl.ac.uk or 0207 848 3202.
 
For further information about The Dickson Poon School of Law visit our website.
 
About The Dickson Poon Scholarships
-  Of the 75 undergraduate scholarships offered – 15 are reserved for residents of the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong
-  Up to 10 of the full fee undergraduate scholarships will be reserved for  students taking the innovative Politics, Philosophy and Law Programme, of which Mr Dickson Poon is the patron
-  A further 10 full fee undergraduate scholarships will be reserved for the LLB programme
-  In honour of the 35th anniversary of the dual degree English Law & French Law programme, up to 5 full fee scholarships will be reserved for this programme in 2013/14
-  The £18,000 undergraduate scholarships, of which up to 50 may be awarded, are open to all undergraduate law  programmes
-  Full fees means full home/EU fees only – as these increase year on year there is no identifiable amount given.  The full home/EU fees can be set against the overseas fees paid by international students but does not cover the full overseas fees charged to international students

Find out more about the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available.

For further information about King's visit our 'King's in Brief' page.

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