The University of Aberdeen came into existence thanks to the generosity and foresight of its benefactors. Since 1495, philanthropic gifts have supported our students, advanced our research and established and protected our heritage. This tradition has helped the University to continue to grow and take us towards our ambition to be in the world’s top-100 universities and build for our next 500 years.

Gifts made to the University of Aberdeen Development Trust are recognised in a number of ways. For a confidential discussion regarding supporter recognition please contact us.

Naming Opportunitites

Some of our supporters have chosen to 'name' buildings, rooms or areas of campus, scholarships, lectures and academic posts. All donors to the University Library, who wish to be recognised, are listed on our interactive donor wall in the ground floor of the building. Other areas around campus where donors are recognised include The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, King’s College Chapel and the King’s College Centre. We are also pleased to recognise and celebrate our supporters on Founders' Day, which takes place each year in February. This day is marked by a special service in King’s College Chapel and donors to the University are published for the ceremony.

To view all past and up coming Development Trust events please click here.

Reciprocation Book

Legacies play an important role in supporting the University in a wide variety of ways. Supporters who have left a legacy to the University are recognised in the Reciprocation Book which is located in the University’s Special Collections Centre and can be viewed on request by contacting the Development Trust.

Donor Report

The University of Aberdeen Development Trust produces an annual impact report which lists all annual donors to the Campaign and highlights some of the areas the support of donors is making a crucial difference to the work we do.


The University of Aberdeen Development Trust enjoys an ongoing relationship with supporters and there are a number of events which allow donors to participate in University life through their attendance at special events which take place throughout the year. The Annual Scholars’ Reception held in April is an opportunity for scholarship donors and recipients to meet up and hear firsthand the difference a scholarship can make to students. For further details or more information please contact the Development Trust.