Edinburgh University reaches £350m fundraising target

16 November 2012

ECCI was celebrating alongside fellow University of Edinburgh colleagues today as the institution reached its £350m fundraising target with support coming from former students like author JK Rowling.

The Edinburgh writer donated £10m to the university's campaign, which was launched six years ago. The money will be used for furthering research, maintaining buildings and in financial support for students. The rest of the £350m funding has come from former students, funding councils, major trusts and foundations, corporations, government and research charities.

ECCI, and our new home at High School Yards, is a major benefactor and key project in the fundraising drive. Around £15m will be invested in the development of the world class innovation & skills centre and state of the art building currently under construction at High School Yards. The refurbished building, which dates back to 1777, will reopen in summer 2013 and is expected to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of “outstanding”, reflecting its green credentials, and will be the first urban building in the UK to achieve this.

The building itself embodies everything the ECCI wants to achieve: excellence, impact, and sustainability, and this is what has inspired many alumni to donate to the project. One anonymous donor gave £4 million. The new home for the ECCI will act as a hub to bring academics, business and government together, and be a place where research, business strategy and public policy on climate change is shaped and aligned.

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