600th Anniversary Dinner at Middle Temple

On 8 November 2012, in front of 300 guests of the University, their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listened to two Fife students tell how scholarships "transformed" their lives

At a prestigious University fundraising dinner held at Middle Temple Hall, London, the Duke and Duchess heard speeches from Pamela Forbes, Kirkcaldy; and Kristofer Drummond, Kelty, who both received scholarships to study at St Andrews. Delivering his speech to the guests , Kristofer revealed how growing up as a teenager in Kelty he had never considered going to university.

Pamela Forbes, from Kirkcaldy, a fourth year Classical Studies student at the University, explained that her high school had a low progression rate into higher education.

She said receiving a scholarship had allowed her to become a student ambassador and progress to become Vice Principal Ambassador for Widening Participation – helping prospective students from similar backgrounds to her own, come to St Andrews. She added: "With finance being one of my fears in applying to university, and the ease that came over my mind when I was granted a yearly scholarship, I know how important these donations can be in allowing great people to attend St Andrews. "My scholarship has definitely broken down barriers for me and I feel that investing in scholarships generates a full circle of benefits.

The evening raised over £350,000 which will be used to provide new scholarships.