Who you can support
Your support can help create new opportunities for students, inspire pioneering research, open the doors to medical breakthroughs and impact the wider community.
Your support matters
Some supporters are drawn to the University's medical research centres because of a personal connection, others are graduates keen to support current students and enhance student life, but all are united in enabling the University to fulfil its charitable purpose - the advancement of education through teaching, learning and research.
University of Edinburgh Development Trust
All the money you help raise is processed through the University of Edinburgh Development Trust (registered charity SC004307). This ensures that 100% of the money received goes directly to your chosen cause and put to use straight away.
Below are a selection of causes at the University. If there is something you would like to fundraise for that is not listed, please contact us: Kerry.Mackay@ed.ac.uk or 0131 650 9221.
All4Paws is a free pop-up clinic run by students and staff of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for the pets of homeless and vulnerably-housed people in and around Edinburgh. All4Paws clinics provide vaccinations, deworming treatments, and flea treatments, among other services. Advice offered on health and behavioural issues, and it also provides basic resources such as pet food, winter jackets, collars and leashes
Anatomy @ Edinburgh
Anatomy activities at the University of Edinburgh are critical for training our future doctors and health-related professionals. Anatomy also delivers ground-breaking public engagement activities designed to educate the public about the wonderful world of our amazing bodies.
Anne Forrest Fund for Oesophageal Cancer Research
Oesophageal cancer is the ninth most common cancer in the UK. It affects the tissues lining the muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach. In the UK it’s estimated that the lifetime risk of developing oesophageal cancer is one in 64 for men and one in 116 for women. The Anne Forrest Fund for Oesophageal Cancer Research at Edinburgh University was set up by the Forrest family in memory of Anne, to raise funds to support research into the mechanisms, diagnosis and management of Oesophageal Cancer.
Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is a University of Edinburgh clinical research facility focusing on neurological conditions, especially neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and dementias. The Clinic aims to improve patients’ lives through research and clinical trials.
The British Sign Language Glossary
The BSL Glossary is a bilingual web based resource for deaf children, their teachers and interpreters. It provides technical terminology for science and maths in British Sign Language. The teams which develop these signs are Deaf teachers, scientists and linguists. Together they find or create new terms, provide a definition in BSL and additional lab activities or challenge activities for children. The resource is widely used in schools and colleges across the UK and increases the opportunities for signing deaf children to study STEM subjects.
Centre for Dementia Prevention
The Centre for Dementia Prevention undertakes clinical, basic and social science research into brain health, in the hope that we can reduce the numbers of people affected by these devastating diseases. Our Prevent Dementia research programme – also involving the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College – aims to understand the biological processes that precede the onset of dementia. By understanding the earliest indicators of the condition, we believe it will be possible to design preventative treatments to slow the onset of dementia or stop it from ever occurring.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare and fatal illness that affects the brain. It has a devastating impact not only on the person living with this awful disease, but also on their friends and family having to witness its debilitating symptoms.
CJD affects people psychologically as well as physically. Symptoms range from loss of intellect and changes in personality to problems with sight, balance and mobility. There's currently no cure for CJD and most people with CJD will die within a year of the symptoms starting.
The National CJD Research & Surveillance Unit is part of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS) at the University of Edinburgh. The Centre integrates laboratory and clinical research to study the causes, consequences and treatment of major brain disorders. The world-class research currently being undertaken at CCBS influences global policy, improves clinical practice and patient wellbeing and ultimately save lives.
The Edinburgh Fund
You can help students, research, teaching and the community by giving to the Edinburgh Fund. Your gift today can be life-changing. For the students from disadvantaged backgrounds now able to continue their education to the community projects saving lives across the world, the Edinburgh Fund and its supporters are making a difference each day.
Eric Liddell High Performance Sports Scholarship
The Eric Liddell High Performance Sports Scholarship was created in the memory of one of the University's sporting greats, and exists to help our most talented student athletes attain their sporting ambitions and cope with the demands of competing at the highest level, no matter their financial circumstances. Funding for the scholarships is only made possible through the generosity of University donors. Scholarships are awarded and managed by the Performance Management Team within University Sport & Exercise and the Edinburgh University Sports Union.
Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research
The Euan MacDonald Centre is a Scotland-wide network of over 100 researchers. The Centre aims to improve the lives of people living with motor neurone disease through discovery research in the laboratory as well as a growing portfolio of patient-centred research projects. The Centre was established at the University of Edinburgh in 2007 following a donation by Euan MacDonald, MBE and his father Donald MacDonald, CBE.
Fiona Walker Fund
Brain tumours are now responsible for more deaths in the under 40 age group than any other form of human cancer. Fiona Walker lost her 18 month battle with glioblastoma (brain cancer) at just 19 years old. Her family set up the Fiona Walker Fund in her memory to raise money to support research into the mechanisms, diagnosis and management of brain tumours and spinal tumours at the University of Edinburgh.
Free Legal Advice Centre
The Free Legal Advice Centre, which is part of the Law School, was founded in 2007. It is the first and only student-run free legal advice centre in Edinburgh and provides transformational support to the disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities of Edinburgh.
Functional Disorders Research Group
Functional disorders are one of the most common reasons to see a neurologist. They are genuine and disabling conditions including: dissociative (non-epileptic) seizures, functional movement disorders and limb weakness. You can help the Functional Disorders Research Group carry out clinical research, raise awareness and help maintain high quality self-help materials for patients. They research clinical symptoms, how and why these disorders happen and carry out physical and psychological treatment trials.
GeoSciences Undergraduate Fieldwork Fund
Spending time in the field is an integral part of every GeoSciences student’s degree. During the course of their studies, students carry out fieldwork in Scotland and abroad - in places as varied as Iceland, the Cairngorms, Spain, Inchnadamph and Jamaica. The School of GeoSciences works hard to offer the best field courses at the lowest cost to our students. We feel that no student should struggle financially to pay their fieldwork contribution.
Hope Park Counselling Centre
Hope Park Counselling Centre is part of the University of Edinburgh and is a practice and research centre for qualified counsellors and counsellors in training. The centre provides counselling to the local community and gives counsellors in training invaluable experience.
Humanitarian Assistance Fund
The Humanitarian Assistance Fund will open educational opportunities for the most vulnerable including refugees and other persons displaced by conflict. By supporting these individuals, the fund can raise aspirations, improve employment prospects, open opportunities for lifelong learning, provide access to education and improve their quality of life.
Refugees in Scotland are in need of assistance in higher education. The Humanitarian Assistance Fund at the University of Edinburgh aims to provide refugees in Edinburgh with a wide range of educational support through scholarships and online education.
Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre
The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre is a centre at the University of Edinburgh which aims to investigate the causes of childhood epilepsy and to develop new treatments and public health strategies, alongside accelerating the understanding of the disorder.
Nicola Murray Centre for Ovarian Cancer Research
The Nicola Murray Centre for Ovarian Cancer Research seeks to advance understanding of the different types of the disease so that patients can be offered the most effective treatment for their specific condition. Scientists will investigate the biological differences between types of ovarian cancer and how they affect patients’ response to treatments. Researchers hope this will help develop new treatments that can tackle even the most resistant forms.
Patrick Wild Centre
The Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities provides a stimulus and forum for multidisciplinary collaboration between more than 50 researchers from across the University of Edinburgh. It brings together individuals from many different areas of clinical and fundamental neuroscience research; by working together and engaging with affected individuals and their families, the Centre aims to progress the understanding of autism and intellectual disabilities and accelerate the development of new therapeutic options for people who are affected by them.
Research to Understand Stroke due to Haemorrhage (RUSH)
For over a decade, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have been doing research to better understand the causes and consequences of bleeding in the brain, known as brain haemorrhage. The RUSH programme is dedicated to better understanding what causes brain haemorrhage and what influences its outcome.
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is one of the world’s most innovative and influential centres for student education, veterinary care and animal welfare. The Hospital for Small Animals, Dick Vet Equine Hospital and Farm Animal Services provide excellent clinical care to animals across the UK.
Sleep Research Centre
Sleep disorders can cause ongoing health problems which can negatively affect both work and relationships. The Sleep Research Centre aims to bring education, awareness, and treatment to the public. Staff believe improving the quality of sleep can in turn improve the quality of life.
Students are hungry for opportunities to expand their education and develop the skills that will enable them to contribute great things to society. But the cost of materials, equipment or travel often presents obstacles to exploring their great ideas. The VisionEngineering Fund helps bridge the gap between our students’ ambitions and their realisation. Funds raised will support student engineering projects that will make an impact external to the university, while accelerating the innovation and ambition of the next generation of engineers.