Charitable trust funds research at the University of Bath

The University of Bath has received a charitable gift of £750,000 from the Esther Parkin Trust to support a wide range of research.

Aside from legacies, this is the largest single gift ever made to the University.

The money will support an annual Visiting Professorship for eminent visitors from abroad as well as six PhD students of high academic ability also from outside the UK.

Esther Parkin’s only son, David, was a long-serving lecturer in the Department of Physics, and when Esther passed away she left her money to her son.

This money was used to build the Esther Parkin Residences at the University which accommodates visiting academics.

The Esther Parkin Trust was then set up by David to support activities at the University.

Since David’s passing in 2002 the Trust has continued to support the University by helping students facing financial hardship and funding short visits to the University by students from India.

Professor Alastair Spence, Chair of the Trust, said: “This gift is a wonderful way of marking the impact that both David Parkin and his mother Esther had on the University of Bath. 

“The Trustees and I hope that the Visiting Professorship will foster international collaborations with other institutions of global standing and that the PhD Scholarships will support the research leaders of tomorrow.”

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Esther Parkin Trust for this wonderful gift which recognises our position as an international centre of research and teaching excellence. 

“Attracting the brightest young minds and working with world class academics is what this University is all about.

“Gifts given to the University provide an opportunity to make a difference, by continuing to attract high calibre students, retain quality teaching staff and enable outstanding and innovative research all in the best facilities.”

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