Our prestigious Giving Circles recognise and celebrate the exceptional support of our alumni and friends.
Members of the Parkinson Circle, Benefactors' Circle, Court of Benefactors and Brotherton Circle are amongst our greatest ambassadors for philanthropy at Leeds and collectively have an impact which extends way beyond the University.
The Parkinson Circle recognises supporters who make a gift of more than £1,000 within a year, while those whose giving totals £10,000 or more are awarded permanent membership. In many cases these gifts have supported scholarships which make a lasting difference to the lives of talented and passionate young people.
Who was Frank Parkinson?
Originally from Guiseley, Frank Parkinson studied at the University of Leeds from 1908. He was the recipient of a £30 Baines Scholarship and it was this philanthropic support that would make a lasting impression on the young engineer.
His desire to “leave an indelible impression on the mind of the student” which he hoped would be remembered “with affection” for years to come, led in 1938 to a gift towards the construction of a new building. Progress was delayed by the outbreak of the Second World War but the iconic Parkinson Building was finally opened in 1951.
The Benefactors’ Circle acknowledges the outstanding generosity of donors who have made a gift of £50,000 or more. These fund a range of projects including scholarships, postgraduate study, research posts and new equipment and facilities – and underpin the cultural, social and economic impact of the University.
Members receive bespoke updates on the project they are supporting and the difference it is making to students, academics and the University as a whole. We welcome discussion about the opportunities for naming buildings, academic posts and scholarships where appropriate.
The Court of Benefactors gives special recognition to those visionary donors – individuals and organisations – whose outstanding philanthropy has shaped the University of Leeds into the successful institution it is today.
To celebrate their generosity, the members of the Court of Benefactors will receive a personalised recognition book at a special presentation event and bespoke impact reports on the areas they are supporting.
The Brotherton Circle recognises the special commitment made by alumni and friends who have pledged a gift to the University in their will, ensuring that future generations of students and researchers can benefit from their generosity and foresight.
It is named after one of the University’s earliest and most significant benefactors, Lord Brotherton of Wakefield, whose lifetime gifts and subsequent bequests funded the building of the Brotherton Library and established the Brotherton Collection.
As a Brotherton Circle member you would receive an exclusive lapel pin, invitations to special events and an annual newsletter highlighting the positive impact that legacy gifts have on the University.
*Donors are listed on this website on the basis of their contribution from 1 August 2011 - 31 July 2019 inclusive and will be updated annually after the close of the University financial year (ending 31 July). Some of the donors listed have given to the North American Foundation for the University of Leeds, to support grants made by that foundation to the University. A list of those donors can be seen here.