A £350 million fundraising drive that has drawn support from author J.K. Rowling has reached its target.
The writer donated £10m to the University of Edinburgh Campaign, which was launched six years ago with the aim of furthering research, maintaining the University's iconic buildings and providing financial support for students.
The money donated by the Harry Potter creator is being used to set up the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic for patients with multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Support for the Campaign has also come from former students, funding councils, major trusts and foundations, corporations, government and research charities.
Projects receiving support include The Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research and the McKern Fellowship, which funds research into the treatment of pain and distress during pregnancy and labour.
The Campaign - one of the biggest fundraising initiatives in Scotland’s history - has also helped the University to support the most generous bursary programme in the UK.
Philanthropy in the higher education sector is increasingly important as funding streams change.
Other key projects to benefit include the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World and the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.
The Campaign has also helped to create new hubs for student life and help conserve iconic University buildings including the Main Library, Old College and Teviot Row House.
There have also been a number of initiatives to recruit and retain high calibre academic staff.
What is significant, and what the University is most proud of, is that the Campaign has funded projects that have the potential to change people’s lives for the better. Fundraising has become an integral part of the University and we will continue to work with supporters to ensure that all areas of the University can flourish.
The University’s Director of Development and Alumni Engagement
We are delighted to have succeeded in reaching our target and to have helped so many parts of the University. We have innovative staff and outstanding students and the generous support of our funders has ensured that many students who otherwise could not afford to come to the University are educated here and our staff and students can work on cutting edge research and scholarship, which positively impacts on communities here and around the world.
Professor Mary Bownes
Senior Vice Principal External Engagement
This article was published on Nov 28, 2012