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Bartlett alumnus announces legacy pledge

21 March 2017

UCL Office for the Vice Provost (Development), the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (ISH) and the Bartlett School of Planning are thrilled to announce a legacy pledge in support of Masters students by The Bartlett alumnus Richard Ayling. The legacy will fully fund the costs of studying on postgraduate Masters courses within the ISH and School of Planning for students of the future. 

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Richard studied at The Bartlett School of Planning between 1964 and 1966 and has a keen interest in conservation, particularly of historic buildings and churchyards. Richard has spent much of his career working in the coal mining areas of Britain on the reclamation and re-use of derelict land.

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Discussing the pledge, Richard notes his current concerns over the future of open spaces and communities affected by the demise of the National Coal Board and other nationalised industries and the reduced resources and staffing of local authorities to manage them. 

Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Professor May Cassar said, “Mr Ayling’s generosity will mean that outstanding students will be able to achieve excellence at UCL free from the burden of financial constraints. The gift will truly benefit the professional and personal development of our students”.

Lori Houlihan, Vice- Provost (Development) said, “Scholarships can provide a life-changing opportunity for talented students. We are always delighted to hear from alumni who have fond memories of their time here and grateful for generous gifts like Mr Ayling’s that will enable the next generation of exceptional thinkers to benefit from studying at UCL.”

For information on the scholarships visit the UCL ISH Programmes page. If you are interested in giving back to UCL visit the Campaign for UCL It’s All Academic website: www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign.