Giving

Join the Carlyle Circle

Join a community of like-minded people who want to help the University of Edinburgh make an impact.

Everyone who pledges a gift in a will is invited to join the Carlyle Circle.

As a member of the Carlyle Circle you will receive a certificate of thanks and be invited to special events, receptions and lectures held at the University.

A brief history

The Carlyle Circle is named after Thomas Carlyle, a prominent thinker and writer of the 19th century and an alumnus and former Rector of the University of Edinburgh.

Carlyle was one of the first Edinburgh alumni to leave a legacy to the university, but today we have a community of around 1,500 people, many of whom are also former University students, who have pledged to remember the University in their will.

The Carlyle Circle was formed in 1990 and in 2020 we celebrate its 30th anniversary, highlighting the many ways legacy giving has supported opportunities for world-leading teaching and research.