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Dear Fellow Electronic Engineer

What comes to mind when you think of UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering? Your favourite academic who inspired you, or made the most complicated theory easy to understand? The staff in the Departmental office who helped you unravel the complexities of student administration? Or time spent in the lab. with fellow students who have since become close friends?

All of these memories are about individuals and I hope you would agree with me when I say that it's the people - both staff and students - that make a great Department. With this in mind I would like to ask you to invest in our Department, and in our people, by making a gift today.

Our Department was the first department of Electrical Engineering in England and our first Head of Department, Sir Ambrose Fleming created the field of Electronics by his invention of the thermionic valve. We made quite sure that the field was well established, waiting until 1967 to change the Department's name to Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Now we work on developments in both device and systems technology, which may have an equally profound effect in the future. We have recently had great success in creating technologies such as ambient temperature memristors and quantum dot lasers on silicon that enable new systems concepts, while developing new systems for networks and sensing.

As a former student of the Department, you know how important people are in making your time at university so special. You understand why it's important that we have world-leading academics and outstanding facilities. You know how vital a diverse student body is and may yourself have received the kind of financial help that many of our students are in need of today.

I believe, along with all of my colleagues in the Department, that everyone who comes here deserves an outstanding university experience. I want our academics to inspire our students. I want our graduates to feel confident in the knowledge they have gained here and for them to leave us feeling confident and well prepared for their future career. I am immensely proud of the achievements of our former students and I want the Department to be able to continue to nurture the talents of the best students available to us from wherever in the world they come. That is the UCL tradition.

We face challenging times and now more than ever we must turn to the people who are close to us and who know us so well. I was delighted with the response we received last year when I wrote to our former students for support and I'd like to thank each of you who made a gift. It's so encouraging to see that our alumni continue to feel a part of the Department and want to play a role in its future. I can assure you that 100% of your gift will be used for the benefit of the Department. I am particularly keen to build up funds to provide scholarships for academically able students who lack the financial means to benefit from a UCL education. To give an idea of the challenge we face, to provide the income to support fully one studentship needs a capital endowment of some £500,000.

I therefore hope that, if you have not already done so, you will consider joining the growing number of your fellow alumni who support us by making a gift of £100 per year, or whatever sum you can reasonably afford in this. A regular gift like this will help us plan ahead and generate vital funding to encourage and support our students and staff. Some of our alumni have been able to make sizeable gifts to facilitate specific projects, and we have been extremely grateful for this. If you are considering making a larger gift we would be delighted to discuss potential projects that you could help make possible.

I am committed to enhancing further the Department's contribution to its students and to the wider world, building on the major successes we have achieved over more than 125 years. I hope that you, as one of our alumni, will join me in making this ambition a reality.

Yours sincerely,

Alwyn Seeds, Head of Department

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Despite having moved on to new and exciting things, we hope that having enjoyed your time in the Department and having made many friends here you will want to keep in touch. We greatly appreciate hearing from our Alumni, whether it is to form collaborations or simply to let us know what you are up to.

To keep in touch with us and others who studied in the Department there are a number of things you can do: