The Anniversary Launch

HRH Prince William described the University of St Andrews as by ‘far and away the best University in the world’ when he returned to launch its 600th Anniversary Campaign

On Friday 25 February 2011, 600 staff and students attended the Launch of the University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary. The event was marked by an official visit from HRH Prince William of Wales accompanied by alumna Catherine Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge. At a speech in St Salvator’s Quad, Prince William announced that he was delighted to be the Patron of the University’s 600th Anniversary Appeal.

During his speech to the audience, Prince William said that the visit was ‘a very special moment to Catherine and me. It feels like coming home.’ He spoke of the University’s aim to raise £100m and its dedication to opening its doors to people of all backgrounds.

He said, “The Appeal we are launching today aims to raise £100 million to invest in people and ideas, ensuring that the brightest students – that’s you and me of course - come to St Andrews, regardless of background and circumstance.”

The University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson used her speech to present the couple with a scholarship as a wedding gift on behalf of all students, staff and alumni.

The scholarship to be awarded in honour of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will be open to applicants of all nationalities. It will have a value of up to £70,000 and will meet the costs of tuition, if payable, accommodation and living expenses for a four-year undergraduate degree at St Andrews in Science, Arts, Medicine or Divinity.