Paula Fussey

Shelley (Paula) Fussey, originally from Hull and now living and working in Texas, USA has recently revisited her hometown to reunite with friends and family and to make a very special trip to Wilberforce College.

Studied at Wilberforce: 1982 – 1984

Shelley (Paula) Fussey, originally from Hull and now living and working in Texas, USA has recently revisited her hometown to reunite with friends and family and to make a very special trip to Wilberforce College. As someone who has benefited greatly from her education in Hull, Shelley now wants to be able to give back even more to others and says that, “I think education is vitally important and believe that if you have benefited from education and now work outside of the field, it is important to give something back to invest in other young people’s education.”

After completing her A-Levels in Hull in 1984, Shelley went on to receive a first class honours degree in Biochemistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She then completed her Ph.D. at Newcastle and shortly afterwards moved to Texas to do post-doctoral research. She has been working in Intellectual Property since then, using her science based background as she analyses scientific and medical information. Shelley now works for a pharmaceutical company and her role as Vice President is to assist in developing drugs to fight cancer.

It is through the continual support and communication with her school biology teacher, Trish Symes that Shelley has decided to make a generous donation to Wilberforce College. Trish, now a teacher of Biology at the College comments that the donation will enable the department to purchase cutting edge DNA profiling kits that will allow students to gain hands on experience of modern biology techniques.

Shelley has always wanted to be able to give something back to education and it was several years ago that she first started donating to the College. In collaboration with the Biology Department, she set up the ‘Shelley Award’, which gives recognition to the student gaining excellence in Biology and is awarded at the Colleges’ Annual Awards evening, at the City Hall. From the money she is now donating, some will be used to maintain the ‘Shelley Award’.

The remainder of the donation will be invested in new equipment for the Biology Department and also to support students who are overcoming particularly difficult challenges during their College life. Shelley commented, “I feel strongly that a good education is vital for all young people and am delighted that Wilberforce College will be able to use these funds so positively.”