At a special dinner hosted by the Vice-Chancellor last December, Mr Ted and Dr Myrtle Pridgeon were presented with the University’s first Benefactors’ Medal. This is a new award, established to recognise significant examples of philanthropic support to the University. It honours individuals whose contributions have made a deep and lasting impact on Warwick.
Ted and Myrtle Pridgeon have supported the University for many years. In 1998, Ted made a donation of £1.25 million to fund permanently, through endowment, a research professorship in Neurosciences – currently held by Professor Nick Dale of the Department of Biological Sciences. In addition, Dr Myrtle Pridgeon, whose own career was in medicine, donated £250,000 to support postgraduate research work in science and medicine. Professor Dale and the two current recipients of the Dr Myrtle Pridgeon Prize Studentships, Ms Eilish McCann and Ms Magali Droniou, also attended the presentation.
The University was delighted to have this opportunity to record its gratitude to Ted and Myrtle Pridgeon for their invaluable support to Warwick.