Anniversary Reception Held at 10 Downing Street

To celebrate the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 70th anniversary, 10 Downing Street hosted the US Ambassador and Fulbright supporters, representatives and alumni at a reception on 16 May.

US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson and UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds addressed attendees at the celebratory event, held at No. 10 Downing Street – the official residence of the Prime Minister and office of her Government.

They were joined by Fulbright alumni and current programme participants. Reflecting on her time as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, Dr. Bynvant Sandhu remarked: “I returned from the US with a greater insight into a fascinating country and a genuine affection that I think comes from living in the country and getting to know its people.”

Sutton Trust US Programme participant Helen Webley-Brown, who will begin her studies at Washington University in St. Louis later this year, said, “studying in the US is not and should not be an opportunity afforded to a select few; instead, the work of Fulbright continues to ensure that a greater range of people are given the opportunity to experience a new culture and gain a new perspective.” She remarked that “the work of Fulbright in bridging the gap to cross the pond and fostering a global, cooperative mind-set is incredibly transformative and inspirational.”

The reception forms part of the Commission’s wider anniversary celebrations.

The event brought together a number of those involved in the programme and those who share its vision.

The event brought together a number of those involved in the programme and those who share its vision.

Ambassador Woody Johnson addressed attendees.

Ambassador Woody Johnson addressed attendees.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds remarked upon the value of sharing and exchanging knowledge and people.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds remarked upon the value of sharing and exchanging knowledge and people.

Bynvant Sandhu shared how her Fulbright experience impacted her personally and professionally

Bynvant Sandhu shared how her Fulbright experience impacted her personally and professionally

A number of Sutton Trust US Programme participants attended the reception.

A number of Sutton Trust US Programme participants attended the reception.