Congratulations to Aston Law student Kirandip Kaur who has been awarded a scholarship from the Fund set up in the memory of Deputy Dean and Aston Law lecturer Professor Poole. Kirandip knew Jill from her bestselling book ‘Casebook on Contract Law’, but never had the chance to meet her.
On receiving the inaugural scholarship Kirandip said:
“I was really surprised, the first thing I did when I got told I had received this was call my family to let them know”. Kirandip, who has just finished her first year at Aston, is a member of the Aston University Law Society.
Professor Jill Poole tragically passed away in May 2016 and her children, Becky and Alex, along with Jill’s mother, Margaret, have set up an education fund in her memory. Jill's daughter Becky said: "When mum died suddenly last year, our world fell apart. Setting up this educational fund in her memory makes us feel close to her still. When we met Kirandip at the memorial lecture, we knew that mum would have been very proud as we could see how hard-working and driven she is."
Professor Poole worked at Aston for almost ten years and she is remembered for her dedication to helping people learn by sharing her knowledge and love of law. Kirandip had the opportunity to meet Professor Poole’s family at the inaugural memorial lecture in March 2017. The talk entitled ‘Keeping Commercial Law Up To Date’, was delivered by The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd to a full lecture theatre of colleagues, students and friends of Professor Poole.
Becky, Jill's daughter, said: "Raising as much money as possible for the educational fund is incredibly important to our family. My husband Paul and I are currently training for our first triathlon which will be our next fundraising activity. I could barely run 5K a year ago so please if you can sponsor us, we would be ever so grateful."
Since forming The Jill Poole Education Fund there has been a range of fundraising activity, from running half marathons to a dry January, which has raised over £4,500. The family hope to use the Fund to award an annual scholarship, as well as a prize for excellence at the undergraduate law degree ceremonies in July.