University Trust Director meets Kenyan students heading to Cambridge

Helen Pennant
Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust Director Helen Pennant with 3 of the 7 Kenyan students heading to Cambridge University. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Last night, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was joined by Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust Director Helen Pennant in welcoming three of the seven new Kenyan scholarship students heading to the University.

Helen Pennant is responsible for setting strategy and implementing Trust policy in consultation with the Trustees.  She builds the Trust’s value to students and to the University, working with a range of international and local partners.

A Fellow of Clare Hall and graduate of the University of Oxford, Helen began her career in the UK civil service working on a range of policy areas with an emphasis on European and international engagement.

She was Labour and Social Affairs Attaché at the British Embassy in Paris, and also held posts at the European Commission on secondment.

Resident in Canada for seven years immediately prior to joining the Trust in July 2013, she was Executive Director International and Special Advisor to the President at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Later in the evening, development aid and how to get it right was the topic of debate at an event hosted by the Oxford and Cambridge Society  of Kenya.

Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya
Development aid is the topic at an event hosted by the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya. Photo: Twitter/sochinagency

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya, who celebrated its 90th Anniversary last year, was founded in the early evening of Saturday 27 March 1926, when 19 men gathered at the Nairobi club.

They established a formal framework to channel the social and charitable activities of the Society and later that year, under the guidance of Edward Brandis Denham, the idea of a Scholarship Scheme was conceived.

The Society has come a long way since, while the Scholarship Scheme remains our primary objective, its purpose has transitioned from providing partial undergraduate assistance to two fully funded post-graduate scholarships, one at either university.

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