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David Medlock & Lord Tugendhat
David Medlock receives a commemorative certificate from the Chancellor on behalf of The Medlock Charitable Trust
Paul Ramsbottom & Lord Tugendhat
Paul Ramsbottom, representing The Wolfson Foundation, signs the Chancellor's Roll of Honour

Internal News - 25 June 2008

The Chancellor’s Roll of Honour is launched

Two exceptional and long-standing philanthropic supporters of the University were recognised as the first members of the Chancellor’s Roll of Honour in a short ceremony at the Chancellor’s Dinner on Tuesday evening.

The two organisations - The Medlock Charitable Trust and The Wolfson Foundation - have between them contributed more than £5m towards research in science and engineering by funding academics, projects and buildings.

The Medlock Charitable Trust was established in 1985 by Leonard Medlock, a University of Bath honorary graduate.

The Trust is a Bath-based, family-run charity that has had a huge impact on the local community through its support for hospitals, schools and local organisations. University Pro-Chancellor, David Medlock (Leonard’s son) now chairs the Trust.

Early gifts to the University funded engineering student bursaries and Chairs in Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology and last year the University’s first endowed chair – the Medlock Chair in Engineering - was created with a gift of £1m.

The Wolfson Foundation is one of the most important philanthropic organisations in the country. It has supported the University of Bath for more than 35 years awarding its first grant in 1972 for the development of a laboratory for engine transmission.

Since then the departments of Physics, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Pharmacy & Pharmacology have been amongst the beneficiaries of gifts totalling over £4m. A recent gift of £500,000 was made to fund a home for the Bath Institute for Complex Systems within the new 4 West building.

Lord Tugendhat, the University's Chancellor said: “The Chancellor’s Roll of Honour has been created by the University of Bath in order to honour, acknowledge and recognise the generosity of these donors.

“I am delighted that David Medlock and Paul Ramsbottom were able to attend tonight and that their organisations are the first to be recognised in this way.”