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The Ruth First Educational Trust provides opportunities for students from southern Africa to undertake postgraduate study at Durham University (UK)

We’re currently considering applications for the 2022-23 Scholarship

The mural dedicated to Ruth First on the side of Ruth First House in Durham has been restored by the original artist, Lotte Shankland. It was unveiled in March 2022.

Patrons :

  • Dr Bill Bryson, writer, former Chancellor of Durham University
  • Sir Thomas Allen, opera singer and director, Chancellor of Durham University
  • Gillian Slovo, writer, daughter of Ruth First and Joe Slovo

Supporting organizations: