Philanthropy News

Leaders of tomorrow

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship is a special new programme that equips undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge and values to become the leaders of tomorrow in their chosen occupations. The programme is entirely funded by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, whose passionate commitment to student development and nurturing potential is behind this programme.

Lord Laidlaw is supporting 25 scholarships each year for the next three years. The programme comprises two key elements: a leadership development programme, which on completion is likely to lead to an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification, plus an additional £3,000 worth of leadership and development training provided to students over an 18-month period. The second aspect focuses on a research project of between 8–10 weeks duration, designed by the student and supervised by an academic research mentor.

First scholars arrive at York

The Albukhary Foundation is a charity with a focus on facilitating access to education for the poor. The Foundation believes that education provides a lifeline for the underprivileged, so we are delighted that it is sponsoring up to ten talented students annually from across the globe to study at the University of York, under the Sharifah Sofia Albukhary Scholarship programme.

This scholarship is named after an alumna of the University, Sharifah Sofia Albukhary, whose years spent at York were formative and highly rewarding. It is the Foundation’s hope that future Albukhary Foundation Scholars will be able to maximise the opportunities available to them at the University of York, and subsequently act as job creators in their respective countries.

Our Success

  • 14th in Research Excellence Framework (REF) overall and 10th for research impact
  • 17th in The Guardian University Guide
  • 16th in The Times and Sunday Times university league tables 2018
  • 28th in the Times Higher Education world’s most international universities
  • 135th in the Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings

Library friends support grows

Our newly launched Friends of the Library and Archives enjoyed an amazing first year building support for this vital resource here at York.

Friends of the Library and Archives members not only help the University to develop its facilities and collections, but also enjoy access to the University Library and the Borthwick Institute for Archives, invitations to lectures and other benefits. Author and alumnus Anthony Horowitz, our Patron, will be hosting an event at the University in November, as we launch our Friends of the Library and Archives event series.

For more information visit here


Our Tribute Sculpture has now been unveiled in the tranquil private garden, the Quiet Place. This Sculpture gives the University community the chance to leave a personalised tribute to family, friends and colleagues that will last a lifetime.

Students, alumni, staff and friends of the University are able to celebrate a person or achievement by dedicating a leaf on our sculpture or a boulder in the idyllic garden.

The Sculpture, which was generously designed, built and installed by Mark Bentley from the Department of Biology, features commemorative leaves displayed on an intricate laser-cut panel which mimics the structure of a leaf. Those who choose to are now able to unveil their tribute with family and friends.

For every boulder or leaf purchased in memorial, a tree will also be planted in our beautiful Diamond Wood on the Heslington East campus. All funds raised through the purchase of tributes will support scholarships at the University.

Details of the scheme can be found here.

Advancing imaging

In a major step forward for departmental infrastructure, the Department of Chemistry has been awarded £1.6 million to invest in state-of-the-art equipment.

The funding will be used to invest in cryo-electron microscopy equipment which will revolutionise the Department’s ability to investigate the three-dimensional structures of biological molecules.

The technique will complement

a number of existing techniques for imaging objects of biological and biochemical interest by giving access to an extra range of length scales not available currently.

The grant was awarded by the Wellcome Trust, and will be matched by a further generous £1 million gift from alumnus Dr Tony Wild. Dr Wild is a leading businessman and philanthropist, and has been a long-time supporter of Chemistry at York.

Talking about legacies

Putting plans in place for the future is vital for everyone, and you told us that you appreciated the three YuPlan sessions held last year about making a will, or other aspects of estate planning, organised by our Heslington Circle. Look out for more in the year ahead.

Many of you also took up the offer to have a conversation over the phone or in person about the options for supporting your favourite aspects of the University with a gift in your will. Your gifts and legacies of all sizes are helping to transform our University. In 2016/17 32 more people worked with us to extend their charitable giving beyond their lifetime. Thank you!