Book to boost student bursaries

A new book that charts how philanthropy has impacted on the life of the University will raise funds for student bursaries.

Private Giving, Public Good explores how charitable gifts and public support received over the years have helped shape the University.

Promoting success

Philanthropic giving has helped the University prosper as a community within the city and has enabled the University, its staff, students and alumni to contribute to global development.

The book reveals how philanthropy has impacted upon the University’s buildings, student life, museums and collections, sporting successes and bursaries and other awards since its establishment in 1582.

It also examines how research and scholarship - past and present - continue to influence the world.

Supporting students

All profits from sales of the book will improve the University’s student bursary provision.

Bursaries are awarded to students based on criteria such as income, background and personal circumstances.

Edinburgh provides the most generous bursary support of any UK university for those on the lowest household incomes.

Showcasing impact

Private Giving, Public Good is the first major publication about the University in more than a decade.

The book was researched and written by the University’s Senior Vice Principal, Professor Mary Bownes, and Research and Projects Officer for the Vice Principals, Jean Grier.

It includes case studies illustrating how gifts and support have helped shape the University.

It also showcases the completion in 2011 of The Edinburgh Campaign, which raised £350 million for the University.

The book will be released in October 2014 and can be pre-ordered now. It is available at a special alumni and University staff pre-order price of £25 until 31 August, compared with the usual price of £30.

A great university develops over time and is dependent on many factors for its success. This lavishly illustrated book looks at the impact philanthropic giving has had.
Professor Mary BownesSenior Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh