Making an impact

From scholarships to inspiring research, planned giving has helped Edinburgh create opportunities for learning and innovation.

Creating spaces for learning

In January 2019, staff and students of Edinburgh Law School opened the door to an exciting new space for teaching, learning and research and a fitting home for a world-leading law school. Support through planned giving has helped shape an exciting future for Edinburgh Law School and its students.

Law School redevelopment

Training future medics

We are proud to deliver training to the medics of the future. Thanks to planned giving we can provide scholarships to help make sure that an education in medicine is accessible to people from all backgrounds.

medical students

Sharing musical history

A bequest in 2006 from renowned geologist Sir Nicholas Shackleton provides Edinburgh students, visitors and researchers with the opportunity to study and appreciate his collection of more than 880 clarinets and woodwind instruments, spanning different styles, ages and countries, for generations to come.

Shackleton collection

Investigating autism

Researchers at the Patrick Wild Centre seek to understand more about autism spectrum disorders, fragile x syndrome and intellectual disabilities. This work has been supported by, among others, Dr Alfred Wild, who helped set up the centre during his lifetime and also continued his support with a gift in his will to help find answers for people like his autistic brother Patrick.

Image credit: Peter Saxon

Boy with fragile x syndrome

Supporting student research

Thanks to a legacy gift from former Head of Veterinary Pathology Gordon HK Lawson, undergraduate veterinary science students will be supported to carry out their own research into infectious disease.

Veterinary science research

Inspiring women in science

As one of the first five women to be elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish chemist Christina Miller made a significant contribution to science. But her legacy reaches beyond her lifetime achievements. Her bequest to the School of Chemistry gives students from under-represented backgrounds, including women, the opportunity to pursue chemistry research.

Chemistry students

Excellence in nursing

Nursing achieves excellence in teaching and research decades after William Gardner’s bequest to support nursing research and public engagement, in memory of his wife Elsie Stephenson, the first Director of the Nursing Studies Unit in 1956.

Nursing students

Attracting talent from Africa

We’re one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Africa and our diverse community of graduate students contributes to that. Thanks to Joanna Kitchin’s legacy gift, we can provide scholarships for African students who want to study at the Centre of African Studies.

International students

Enhancing learning in music

Students at the Reid School of Music can now make music on a new fleet of 28 Steinway pianos – widely considered among the best in the world – thanks to a generous bequest from former student Thomas Laing-Reilly.

Steinway pianos

Making young people’s lives better

Community education plays a valuable role in empowering young people to achieve outside of school. Dr Kenneth McCulloch was a key member of the Moray House team since 1992, leading on community education training and research. His legacy gift will continue to support community education research in the future.

Moray House Library