The Chancellor, The Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell, CBE QC MP launches the Chancellor’s Circle north of the border over afternoon tea.
Part of the Chancellor‘s duty is “to keep a watchful eye on the University to promote its well-being,” as described by Ronald Gordon Cant, author of The University of St Andrews: A short history. With this in mind, Sir Menzies launched his Chancellor’s Circle, the University’s legacy recognition society in Scotland last Saturday, 6 October to say thank you to those who have made a legacy gift in their will in favour of St Andrews.
The Chancellor’s Circle gathering took place in our “hallowed Parliament Hall”, as guest Norman Robertson described it. Over 70 members and guests were welcomed by the Chancellor, who talked about some of the legacies received from alumni, friends and staff of the University in the last year and some of the families we have come to know.
PhD student Elizabeth Rhodes also spoke on ‘Reformation in the Burgh of St Andrews: Property, Piety and Power’. Elizabeth herself is the recipient of the St Andrews Local History Foundation Bursary established as a result of a legacy. She was followed by Frank Gunn-Moore, Professor of Molecular Neurobiology, who spoke about the major discoveries his research team are making in understanding the early stages of Alzheimer’s and the importance of legacy income to this and other projects in medical sciences.
The Chancellor bid his guests goodbye but not before reminding them that, “A gift of a legacy regardless of its size is one of the most personal gifts that you can make to St Andrews. It is the kind of commitment that ensures our ability to provide the same edifying experience for the students of today and tomorrow, so thank you.”
Legacy bequests from far-sighted benefactors have had a profound effect on future generations of students and have helped to make Scotland’s first University what it is today. If you are interested in leaving a legacy gift to St Andrews in your will, please speak in confidence to our Legacies Officer, Varan Houghton 01334 462 030 or by email. If you have already left a legacy speak to Varan about having your support recognised by an invitation to join the Chancellor’s Circle. Members receive exclusive invitations to special Chancellor’s Circle events.