Reporter 443, 22 November 1999

Derek Fatchett remembered with new scholarship scheme

Students from Palestine will study at the University next year under a new scholarship scheme set up as a memorial to Derek Fatchett.

The scheme was announced by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook during his recent visit to the Middle East. Three students will study MA courses at the University's Institute for Politics and International Studies next year.

The scheme is the joint venture of the Foreign Office, the Palestinian National Authority and the Arab Embassies in London.

Mr Cook said the link between Leeds and West Bank's An-Najah University in Nablus was being set up to mark Derek Fatchett's work in Gaza and his connections with Leeds. Mr Fatchett was a lecturer in industrial relations at the University from 1971 to 1983, and was MP for Leeds Central when he died of a heart attack in May. He was posthumously given the freedom of the city last week.

"Derek Fatchett was a great friend of mine and a great friend of the Palestinian people," said Mr Cook.

"I hope that this scholarship will help to keep alive the work which Derek Fatchett did to bring our two peoples closer together and to understand each other's society and cultures," he added.

Four scholarship holders from Vietnam have started their MA studies at the University.

Viet Anh Nguyen, Thanh Tung Nguyen and Phi Hung Nguyen are studying exploration geophysics and Thi Phuong Hoang is studying the politics of international resources and development.

Four more scholarships for Vietnamese students, jointly provided by the University, BP Amoco and Chevening, are available for next year.

They can be used for courses in exploration geophysics, geochemistry, international construction management and engineering, waste management, international studies, and politics of international resources and development.

For more information contact Jackie Findlay in the scholarships office on ext 4001.

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