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25 May 2012
Lifecycle 2 – the Vice-Chancellor’s back in the saddle

After the success of last year’s Life Cycle, the Vice-Chancellor and his team are taking to the saddle again at the end of August to raise funds for Impact: The Nottingham Campaign



The Impact theme for Nottingham Life Cycle 2 is Nurturing Talent, with the specific aim of providing scholarships and bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and supporting outreach targeted at changing opportunities for young people, helping more into further and higher education.

Last year’s Nottingham Life Cycle saw the VC and his team riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for the University’s Sue Ryder Care Centre for research on Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care. This year the team will be tackling the opposite end-to-end diagonal as they cycle over 1,100 miles from Cape Wrath, Scotland to Dover on the South-East coast.

He may have had a year to recover, but the Vice-Chancellor – who turned 60 in March – recognises the challenge that lies ahead of him:

“Last year was an amazing experience. Despite being pushed well beyond our comfort zones, the journey surpassed our expectations. The amount we raised was way beyond our initial target, eventually reaching almost £230,000, and the fantastic support we received throughout was outstanding and humbling.

”A new goal is now in our sight. Raising the aspirations of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and supporting them financially to achieve their ambitions is something I feel passionately about. It is a cause which will provide real inspiration for an even tougher challenge, and the motivation to succeed.”

In today’s changing landscape of university funding, the University wants to ensure that financial concerns do not limit the ambition of those with the ability to achieve academic excellence. That’s why Nottingham Life Cycle 2 is focussed on raising funds for Nottingham Potential, which falls within the Nurturing Talent theme of Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, to raise aspirations and support achievement by working with young people, teachers, schools and colleges in Nottingham and the East Midlands.

The University of Nottingham is dedicated to driving motivation and providing financial provision to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. At present the University invests £6 million in bursaries and scholarships each year.  

Nottingham Life Cycle 2 is part of an on-going pledge to raise awareness and funds for these students. Together we can help them achieve excellence.

Your support for Nottingham Life Cycle 2 and Nottingham Potential will have a genuine impact on students’ ability to realise their ambition.

The Vice-Chancellor, David Greenaway, has first-hand experience of the benefits of widening access to education. Raised in Shettleston in the east end of Glasgow, he was the first in his family to receive a higher education. He was encouraged by teachers to stay on in school to complete his A levels and from there went on to study at Liverpool Polytechnic and The University of Liverpool.


How you can get involved:

This year there will be three special community events taking place in tandem with the main ride:
Nottingham Leg: cycling enthusiasts can join the Vice-Chancellor and his team for a section of their route.
Community Life Cycle: there is a shorter family-friendly route within Nottingham for less experienced cyclists and young riders.
Lakeside Loop: for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground there will be a route around Highfields Lake, which can be enjoyed at any pace.

All events are FREE and everyone is welcome to cheer people across the finish line at University Park, and enjoy the post-event celebrations.

  More information about the ride

  More information on Nottingham Potential and our Impact: The Nottingham Campaign


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