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Donation from university history graduate who lost battle with cancer

University Campus Suffolk has been left a significant donation by a former history student.

Sally Williams passed away in 2010 and has left a legacy fund to the history department. The money will be used to “enhance the experience of current students”, the university has said.

Sally started at USC as a part-time student in 2007. She worked as a law costs consultant during her course until she went full time on the BA (Hons) history course in 2009.

Sadly, shortly after this she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She then threw herself into her studies and worked very hard in order to complete her degree.

Sally’s posthumous award was presented to her friend and fellow history graduate Heidi Hughes by UCS Provost, Professor Mike Saks at her graduation ceremony in November last year.

UCS history lecturer Dr Harvey Osborne said: “This is a particularly special gift because Sally was one of us and the teaching team became very close to her during her last years with UCS.

“She was a kind, intelligent and immensely brave lady and we still miss her very much.

“This example of her generosity is in some ways typical of the way that she lived her life, supporting others, her fellow students in particular.

“Sally was also a great deal of fun and she never lost her sense of humour even during the toughest times.”

Sally’s generous contribution will be acknowledged as an annual prize.

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