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In memory of Roger Short

Roger Short (1963, Classics) was British consul general in Turkey when he was killed by a terrorist bomb in Istanbul 20 years ago. On his death, his friends, led by Richard Morgan and David Sykes, wanted to establish a lasting memorial to him. The outcome was the Roger Short Memorial Fund, which supports a travel scholarship programme to Turkey and neighbouring countries (particularly Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus, but with the emphasis on Turkey). The seed endowment, generously provided by Richard and Anna Morgan, has made possible up to four or five travelling scholarships per year.

Over the last 18 years more than 80 Univ students have benefitted from the memorial fund and more than 150 applications have been made to the fund.

The Short Travellers, as they are known, are invited to write a travel journal and a journal prize is awarded at the Roger Short Dinner each year by Richard and Anna Morgan, life-long friends of Roger’s and founding contributors to the Fund.

Many travellers have also benefited greatly from the generous hospitality offered by Victoria Short  as they passed through Istanbul.

“As we remember Roger on this anniversary, our thoughts are with his widow Victoria Short, Roger’s family and friends. We are grateful to Richard and Anna Morgan, David and Lois Sykes, and all those who support the travel scholarships. The travel diaries are testament to the enriching experiences, cultural exposure and academic interests open to Univ students as a result of the Roger Short Travel Scholarships.”
Baroness Amos, Master

You can explore a small selection of Travel Reports below and read the RSMF Newsletters online in the section beneath.

RSMF Newsletters

Published: 20 November 2023

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