Max Bruges reports for the Leeds Student on donations from now-shamed Jimmy Savile to a scholarship scheme:
The University is continuing to receive money from the late Jimmy Savile, who this week has been accused of rape and child abuse.
During the last five years of his life, Sir Jimmy had donated over £400,000 to the University. Savile has had two formal allegations of rape and six of indecent assault brought against him.Police say they are also following up 120 other lines of inquiry relating to other potential victims.
In 2008, the star pledged £300,000 over five years to fund the LURE scholarship scheme (Leeds University Research Enterprise). The University will continue to receive the funds until 2013.
The University has told Leeds Student it is choosing not to comment on this matter. Neither staff nor students involved in LURE would speak to this paper.
The directors of LURE have previously praised Sir Jimmy as “a truly extraordinary citizen” adding that they were “hugely privileged” to have him as a supporter. Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur also said: “I am very grateful to Sir Jimmy, and we both hope others will follow suit.” Savile was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law by the University in 1986…
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