In memory of Ian Mason — the Cambridge Foundation Year

In memory of Ian Mason — the Cambridge Foundation Year

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Ian’s story is a remarkable one and an inspiration to others. He left school at 16 to join the workforce and took a job working in the stores of a chemical business. It was not long before people saw his potential and encouraged Ian to pursue further studies in chemistry so he could move from the stores to the labs. He enjoyed his extra studies so much he applied to Leicester Polytechnic (De Montfort University) to study chemistry, graduating with a first-class degree.

Subsequently, Ian went on to study for a PhD in organic chemistry at Pembroke College Cambridge (1984–1987). Ian always believed his time at Cambridge changed his life. He spoke often about his desire to give the same opportunity to other young people who might never have considered Cambridge.

Ian went on to a successful business career during which he inspired and helped many others reach their own potential. This is why his family have chosen to support the Cambridge Foundation Year in his memory to encourage students whose education has been disrupted to carry on with their studies and, like him, achieve great things.

Support the Cambridge Foundation Year in memory of Ian Mason

The Foundation Year is funded entirely by philanthropy. To remove any financial barriers or concerns, Foundation Year scholars will be provided with a grant to pay for all fees and living costs. £28,500 will support a scholar on the Foundation Year; to date, gifts in memory of Ian Mason have already fully funded eighteen Foundation Year scholars.

“A tribute to Ian Mason — one of the University's finest graduates.”

“To recognise Ian’s story, and its invaluable inspiration for others."

“He would have been delighted to know that we are supporting the Cambridge Foundation year.”

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The Foundation Year offers a new pathway to Cambridge for talented students whose circumstances would otherwise make this impossible. Foundation Year scholars will complete an innovative course that prepares them for an undergraduate degree.