The Leicester Endowment Fund

The University has ambitious plans to raise £10 million for the Fund by 2020. Growing the University’s permanent endowment will help to re-balance the University’s mix of income and lessen its dependence on government funding and tuition fees.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle explained: “In the face of major government cuts in capital and revenue grants and restrictions on traditional sources of funding, building the University’s general endowment is tremendously important for our future growth and development.

“Leicester has ambitious plans and endowment income can leverage additional funding for world-changing research and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as scholarships to attract the most talented students regardless of background.”

The new endowment fund will be an unrestricted, permanently endowed fund, which will operate much like any savings and investment portfolio to form a stable, ongoing regular source of income. This will provide additional flexibility to enable the University to plan ahead and continue to support its world-changing research and high quality teaching, using the income to fund strategically important projects, such as postgraduate scholarships and state-of-the-art research equipment.

The Leicester Endowment Fund is a vital part of our vision for the 21st century and beyond. The regular source of income it will provide us will afford the University a degree of independence and a competitive advantage within the rapidly changing Higher Education sector.

Making a gift to the Fund is one of the best opportunities for donors to achieve a lasting influence on the work of the University, whilst demonstrating our supporters’ enduring passion for and long-term commitment to the University.

For more information please contact Development Manager, Lisa Davies via 0116 252 2153 or

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