School of GeoSciences

Support us

There are several ways in which you can support the School, from one-off donations and regular giving by Direct Debit, to leaving a gift in your will.

Each year thousands of Edinburgh’s alumni support the University by making a donation. Alumni of all ages, from all walks of life, come together to help us provide world-leading teaching and research, and to keep an Edinburgh education attainable to all able students. Together, they ensure the next generation of students benefit from a university experience that changes their lives forever.

Being an alumni donor allows you to stay connected with our work and our students, and to help the next generation of graduates on their way. We currently welcome donations to several active alumni funds - more information about these funds can be found below. If you would like further information about any of these funds, or would like to discuss a gift to scholarships, research or another area of our work, then please contact Sanne Dijkstra-Downie.

Geosciences Undergraduate Fieldwork Fund.

This fund benefits undergraduate students of all academic disciplines within the School of Geosciences. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, we are able to support ever more students who are most in need of a helping hand by offering Fieldwork Bursaries to pay for their fieldwork contributions. This way, we can make sure that the best field courses continue to be accessible to all of our students.

Make a donation to undergraduate student fieldwork

Gordon Craig Memorial Fund.

This fund was created in memory of Professor Gordon Craig, who passed away in October 2014. We will use donations to fund a scholarship in his memory for a Geology student. Professor Gordon Craig (1925-2014) spent his entire career at the University of Edinburgh, joining as a lecturer in 1947 and retiring as Hutton Professor of Geology in 1984. He will be remembered fondly by many of his former students and colleagues.

Make a donation to the Gordon Craig Memorial Fund


Remembering Gordon Craig

Carbon Masters Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Do you care about climate change? Do you believe in the power of education to change lives? Do you want to make a difference? Then why not join fellow alumni in supporting the first-ever Carbon Masters Alumni Scholarship. This Scholarship will give a student from a developing country the opportunity to study for an online PgCert in Climate Change Management, equipping them with the skills needed to help tackle climate change both locally and on a global scale.


We all wish you well with the creation of a fund to support undergraduate fieldwork in GeoSciences. Geography field trips were undoubtedly what bonded us as a group, creating unforgettable memories.

Geography ‘Class of 1965’donors to the Fund

Alumni Donations to Student Fieldwork

students doing fieldwork

Spending time in the field is an integral and valuable part of every GeoSciences student’s degree. During the course of their studies, our current students carry out fieldwork both in Scotland and abroad - in places as varied as Iceland, the Cairngorms, Spain, Inchnadamph and Jamaica.

Although the University works hard to keep costs down for students, there is still a student contribution which can be significant in some years of the various degree courses.

As a School, we feel strongly that no student should have to struggle financially in order to take part in these field courses. This is why we created the Geosciences Undergraduate Fieldwork Fund as a vehicle to allow graduates of these same courses help support our current students.

Any donated funds are distributed to those students who are most in need of a helping hand. These will often be students from less affluent backgrounds in the more expensive fieldwork years. At present, we can only support a small number of students. It is our hope that our Geosciences alumni will get behind this fund and ensure that all of our current and future students continue to get the invaluable skills and experiences that field trips can provide.

If you wish to donate to student support for fieldwork now, please follow the link below or contact Sanne Dijkstra-Downie for other ways to donate.

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Sanne Dijkstra-Downie

Philanthropy Manager, GeoSciences

  • School of GeoSciences

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