Alumni Services

Charity Auction Hits Target

Edinburgh based research and consultancy firm, Wood Mackenzie, are the generous winners of an online art auction, raising £5000 for Access Bursaries at the University of Edinburgh.

Charity Auction
Stephen Halliday, CEO of Wood Mackenzie and Senior Vice Principal Mary Bownes.

‘Edinburgh from Blackford Hill’ by award winning painter Gordon McDowall was commissioned by Edinburgh alumnus Mark Astaire and donated to the University to raise money for Access Bursaries. It was the first time that a charity internet auction has been used to raise money for the University.

The winning bid

A winning bid of £3000 secured the painting for the Edinburgh office of Wood Mackenzie, a global research firm and consultants in energy, metals and mining industries. They generously increased this to £5000 - all of which has gone directly towards funding the University Access Bursary Programme.

Stephen Halliday, CEO of Wood Mackenzie visited the University of Edinburgh to accept the company’s purchase from Senior Vice Principal Mary Bownes.

About access bursaries

Each year the University awards more than 700 access bursaries - each worth up to £2500 - to help students meet living costs whilst studying. For many it is the difference between attending university and not.

We are extremely grateful to alumnus Mark Astaire, Gordon McDowell and Wood Mackenzie for their generosity and support.