Praise for student funding administrator

Richard Morrison

The Trustees wish to express publicly their thanks to Richard Morrison of the University’s Student Funding Centre, who is retiring after many years of service.

Richard has played a key role in helping administer the Trust’s bursaries and the Margaret Thomas Scholarship on the Trust’s behalf. The Trust, as a small, independent charity, has been able to depend on the Student Funding Centre’s assistance with matters including the selection of students, the allocation of bursaries, distribution of funds and communication with students.

The Trust is indebted to Richard for his commitment, his understanding of the Trust’s needs and his cooperation.

Trust Chair Roger Smith was in Durban recently and was able to meet Richard and convey to him the Trustees’ thanks and best wishes.

Roger received an update from Richard on the challenges faced by the administration in trying to help needy students. There is a significant shortfall in funds for assistance, while many students struggle to pay their fees.

Durban meeting: Roger Smith, Finn Christenson and Desiree Govender

Roger also met Alumni Relations Manager Finn Christenson and Assistant Database Officer Desiree Govender and had a useful discussion about the use of e-mail and social media for contacting and communicating with alumni.

In addition, Roger saw UKZN Foundation Trust Executive Director Bridget McBean for an exchange of ideas and information.

The Trustees are grateful to University staff for their continuing help and support.

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