Laws Programme Scholarship Launch

On Friday Nov 24ththe University of London (UoL) International Academy Undergraduate Laws programme held a launch event in Kampala, Uganda for the first five recipients of the Undergraduate Laws Scholarship.  It was a  great pleasure to award scholarships to Daniel Adyera, Blaze Amanya, Joram Byamatungo, Bosco Mawanda  Byarugaba and Douglas Lumu. Attending the event along with Professor Jenny Hamilton and Patricia McKellar from the Laws programme were Dr Johnson Byabashaija the Commissioner of Prisons in Uganda, Elijah Wante Director of the Law Development CentreHugh Moffatt of the British Council and several representatives from the African Prisons Project who support UoL students studying the Laws programe in Ugandan prisons. The scholarship, the first of its kind within the International Academy, is offered on a competitive basis to students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa with a Common Law tradition.  The UoL has always had ‘access’ to education at it’s core, and the purpose of the scholarship is to support high quality students who want to study for the prestigious UoL LLB by distance and flexible learning. The UoL has a long and proud history in East Africa and the decision was made to launch the scholarship in Uganda because this is where, in 1947, our relationship with East Africa first began. There was intense competition for the scholarships and the application process included a rigorous interview and related activities in Kampala under the direction of  University of London academics. The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the three year programme. It is hoped in due course to expand the scholarship to other African countries designated as ‘least developed countries’. In the meantime we congratulate the scholars and look forward to seeing them at a graduation ceremony in a few years time – the first graduates of our scholarship