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UCL Philanthropy Day

25 February 2015

This week saw 153 UCL students, staff and alumni join together in an attempt to set the record for the largest number of people wearing Jeremy Bentham facemasks in one place on campus.

Bentham record attempt

During February UCL celebrated Philanthropy Month as a way of recognising those who support the University - either by giving their time or financial support. Jeremy Bentham, who is often considered UCL's philosophical founder and whose auto icon sits in the South Cloisters, was one of UCL's first investors, purchasing a £100 share in the University.

Drawing upon the unique connection between UCL and Jeremy Bentham, the record attempt aimed to raise student awareness of the impact of philanthropy at UCL.

Over 8,000 people give a regular gift of anywhere between £3 and millions, and alumni and friends volunteer in numerous activities which help current students, UCL's world class research and fellow graduates.

Throughout the month, students and staff have participated in an interactive social media campaign submitting their very own Jeremy Bentham selfies. To submit yours link to @UCLAlumni on Twitter or use #Benthamselfie - where's the most unusual place you can take Jeremy?


  • UCL students, staff and alumni take part in the record attempt (© Richard Davenport courtesy of  UCL)