The campaign

In celebrating our past, we aim to safeguard our future; marking the University’s 600th anniversary with a £100 million fundraising campaign.

St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Campaign has a simple goal: to ensure our university’s future. We may be 600 years old, but our endowment currently stands at only £50m, a figure dwarfed by universities like Oxford and Cambridge, which rank just above us in the league tables. We’ve come a very long way on very little, but growing our endowment is no longer just an aspiration, it’s a necessity.

We may be small, but we think big. Our Campaign aims to secure a total of £100m. This would allow us to invest in our big ideas immediately, realise our grand plans without delay, and unlock our true potential. Giving to St Andrews is your opportunity to invest in an historic institution, with far-reaching returns.

Our Campaign has now realised a total of £52m in gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, and good friends of the University. We are already putting these gifts to excellent use under seven broad themes:

Keeping ahead

Leading the academic field


Home and abroad

Taking Scotland to the world


A better chance

Opening our doors more widely


Life on earth

Addressing the threats that face us


Land and sea

Learning from the earth and its oceans


Living here

Looking after our students


Arches and artefacts

Preserving our built and made heritage