Lets get Sorcha to KU!

Help me fund my MA in Theology & Religious Studies!

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Hi everyone! My name is Sorcha, an aspiring Theologian, writer and singer. I’m incredibly lucky to have been accepted onto the one-year masters course at KU Leuven in Belgium, to read Theology and Religious Studies. This return to education will build on my earlier undergraduate degree of Philosophy-Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds University, where I focused on Interfaith dialogue.

Recently I have lived in ecumenical communities around Europe, and it has given me a passion to find ways within our communities where different cultures and faiths can live side by side and learn from each other. I hope this masters will lead me into working on projects designed to create opportunities for dialogue in otherwise conflicted areas of the world. One of my aims post-MA is to live and work in Jerusalem/Bethlehem as an EAPPI.


For those of you who don’t live in these fair isles, higher education is pretty expensive. To do a course of the same calibre and similar modules, it would cost around £7000 – and that’s just for fees. That’s not including cash for food, books, rent and so on.
 Part of KU Leuven's appeal is that the uni only requires fees of £750 – for the whole year – amazing!


So I don’t have much money, and my application for financial aid from KU Lueven was refused. Also, grants funding opportunities for graduates are very thin on the ground. This means I’m totally self-funded, and have been working flat out to find all the cash myself.
I only have HALF of my total amount, and I begin on the 19th September!
 I want to raise the rest of the £5000 before I begin, comfortable in the knowledge I won't just run out of money for rent or food halfway through my course.

There are amazing incentives, even for a £1 donation! When you donate via Twitter, Facebook or email, the 'add an address' part only goes to me personally and no third parties, to make sure you are not a robot and I can get my incentive to you! (if applicable)



One of my favourite places in the world! Thousands of international young people flock to this tiny village in France week after week to experience a different way of living – one where the heart and soul comes first. I spent a year volunteering in this ecumenical community, and loved every second. 
Check out my blog from when I was asked to start a small community in Rotterdam for a month, as well as a short video about Poverello, the Youth Community in Brussels I lived in working with the city’s homeless. 


Singing one of my great joys. I began learning Opera at 9 years old, moving into folk/jazz/rock over the years. I’m a huge fan of any live music – and musicals! I also like to get my hands on pastels or paints when I have the time. I’m also a slightly obsessed film and theatre critic, baker and screen writer.


(This is based on 10 months in Belgium, and the amounts are from the KU Leuven website Euros to Pounds).
University Fees: £760 – has to be paid upfront in full on registration in September.
Rent: around £3,500, all-inclusive.
Living expenses: £5,000 (this is for food, study materials, bus passes and so on).
PayPal fees (3.5%, applied to successful projects): £750.
SO any pennies, dollars, euros you could donate would help enormously.  There are incentives – take a gander to the right and see what might pique your interest!
If you cant donate, please share this on Facebook with your friends and family! Lets get the word out!
Thankyou and much love to you all!

9 months, 3 weeks ago

WOW we did well! I now have enough to be able to pay for my tuition fees. Thankyou everyone who pledged towards my dream! lots of love xxxxx

10 months, 3 weeks ago

Hello everyone!

Thankyou so much for your pledges so far! As you can see, I still need a HUGE push to be able to hit my initial target before I leave for Belgium in just over 2 weeks time! Please keep sharing this on social media - twitter, facebook, email etc. 

I don't mind if you can only donate just a little... every little helps!!

Much love,

Sorcha xxx

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6 Oct 2016

Enjoy the course and learn lots! Jo xx

9 Sep 2016
Emily Cox

Good luck honey, will post and share for you! X

6 Sep 2016
Georgina Tomsett-Rowe

Good luck, Jem. Much love and fairy dust, Jack's mum xxxx

6 Sep 2016

Good luck my owl lady X

4 Sep 2016

Good luck Sorcha! Marco

31 Aug 2016
Rowan Hampton

Good luck lovely one! xxx

31 Aug 2016
Tom Emlyn Williams

All the best.

26 Aug 2016
Cristina Wren

Hope you enjoy your time at Leuven, honey! Here's a little contribution from Maia and me. We'll root and cheer for you from Scotland, Cristina &Maia xo

23 Aug 2016
Charlotte Blake

Good luck Sorcha! You can do it! Much love xxx

23 Aug 2016

Good luck in your fundraising endeavour and good wishes for the course. Regards, PM.

23 Aug 2016

Good luck Hun. X

23 Aug 2016
Roz Cunningham

Wish you the best of luck my dear!

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