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Old students answer college call
Aberystwyth University
The university raised 75,000 from former students in November 2003
A campaign for a new scholarship scheme at Aberystwyth University has pulled in 200,000 from former students - 20,000 more than anticipated.

During a four-week period 2,000 ex-old boys and girls, who once studied in the mid Wales town, were telephoned for help.

The university said 45% donated money, an average of 270 each.

All the proceeds will go towards establishing a new bursary scheme for students.

A university spokesman said the money would be used to help students with the cost of their studies.

A team of 38 current students manned the phones during the campaign which ended last week.

Professor Noel Lloyd, vice-chancellor and principal at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, said: "It demonstrates one of the great strengths of the university at Aberystwyth, which is the commitment of students, former students and staff to its continued success and development."

It exceeds the 75,000 from the university's first phone fund-raising campaign in 2003.


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