Bursary award acted as a stepping stone towards a high-flying legal career for a Burton student


A bursary from the Consolidated Charity acted as a stepping stone towards a high-flying legal career for a Burton student.


The charity’s education grants are just part of its activities which also include relief in need awards and supporting projects for key groups and organisations in the town.


Munib Hussain is one of hundreds of young people who has been given a helping hand in their studies.


He attended Paget High School and received his bursary in 2002, 2003 and 2004.  He studied Law at the University of Leicester, went on to do the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School and qualified as a barrister. He then qualified as a solicitor in 2009, and since then, has worked with Milbank LLP, a New York headquartered international law firm.


He said: “I specialise in international energy and infrastructure finance and have worked on some of the largest and most complex cross-border project financings ever done.  My clients comprise multilaterals (such as the World Bank), export credit agencies, funds, lenders, sovereigns and sponsors. Pre-pandemic at least, I spent most of my time globe-trotting as part of my work, and recently spent two years in Tokyo.


“I’ve also had the pleasure of completing the Milbank executive education programme at Harvard University.  I also sit as a magistrate in London, a role I’ve had for over 10 years.”


Munib says that the Consolidated Charity bursary was important in helping him through his studies and has urged others to apply to the charity.


He said: “I found out about the charity through my Sixth Form tutor, and I was very pleased to be accepted for it. It was very important in that formative period to help me fund that time when I was staying in halls of residence and making my way through university.


“It was very helpful when I was at university but would be even more important now the costs and fees are so much higher. It was very much about self-funding for me when I was studying so having that additional support was really helpful.”


Munib is now at the top of his profession dealing with some of the biggest corporate clients in the world.


He said: “If you work hard, you can get where you want to go and achieve what you want to achieve. It’s also about having the aspiration to aim high.”


“London has been my base for 15 years but when lockdown happened, I came home to Burton.”


Munib decided to get back in touch with the charity to make a voluntary donation.


He said: “It’s always important to remember that other people could benefit from this as well and I’m in a position where I can make a donation so I can give something back.”


Margaret Heather, Chair of the Consolidated Charity Education Committee, said: “Munib’s story is inspirational, and we are delighted that the charity could help in a small way to set him on the path to success.


“It’s stories like this that show the impact the charity makes in the community, and we want to thank Munib for sharing his story and wish him every success for the future.”


The bursary scheme aims to help undergraduate students who are resident in the charity's area of benefit with the costs associated with studying for a university degree. The trustees introduced the scheme in 1998 in the wake of the reduction in student grants and the introduction of tuition fees.


The schools and colleges included in the bursary scheme are Abbot Beyne School, Burton & South Derbyshire College, De Ferrers Specialist Technology College, John Taylor High School, Paget High School, Paulet High School, Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College and Derby Grammar School. 


Applicants must live within the charity's area of benefit.


Each bursary award is currently £500 per annum for years one to three of a university degree course.

Applications for 2022 open in January.

This entry was posted on October 13, 2021