UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Bartlett alumnus announces legacy pledge to support UCL ISH Master’s students

17 March 2017

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is thrilled to announce a legacy pledge in support of students of the Masters programme in Sustainable Heritage by The Bartlett alumnus Richard Ayling.


Richard Ayling

The legacy pledge will fully fund the costs of studying on this postgraduate course for a selected student in the future.  Richard Ayling’s legacy will also benefit Masters programmes within the Bartlett School of Planning.

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 spent much of his career working in the coal mining areas of Britain on the reclamation and re-use of derelict land.

When discussing the pledge, Richard noted 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”.

For information on scholarships visit out 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.


Image on the left: Photograph of Robert Ayling taken in 1967

Image on the right: Portrait photograph of Richard Ayling taken March 2017