What a legacy can achieve


Your gift to St John's may be used to support the following development priorities:

Providing for the future

Increasing the College's financial agility so that it can meet new challenges as they arise and, in the longer term, have less dependence on governmental funding.

Professor Michael R Horne (Mechanical Sciences, 1939) bequeathed £1,000 to General Purposes in 2000. Professor Horne had undertaken both his BA and his PhD at St John’s, and had served as a Fellow from 1957 to 1969. At the time of his death, the College felt that the provision of funding for long vacation student projects or research was where the greatest need lay and Professor Horne’s gift was therefore allocated to the Student Grants Fund.

Student support

Attracting the brightest and best undergraduate and graduate students regardless of their background and financial means.

Mrs E S Bardsley, the widow of R G Bardsley (Modern and Medieval Languages/History, 1948) bequeathed £6,000 in 2004. The gift was used to constitute a Bardsley Fund, which makes grants to students in need of support under the Access Exhibition Scheme. Mrs Bardsley’s daughter wrote, ‘my mother’s gift is intended to honour the College for the opportunity provided to my father’.

Teaching and research

Continuing to promote excellence in teaching and research, and providing an environment conducive to the highest levels of intellectual activity.

Marie Sylvia Craik, the widow of Kenneth J Craik, a Fellow of St John’s, bequeathed the residue of her estate to the Kenneth Craik Fund in 1950. This fund was established in 1945 through a gift from Kenneth Craik’s father, James Craik, in memory of his son. The fund enables the Kenneth Craik Research Award, which is designed to assist those engaged in post-graduate research, particularly in the field of Physiological Psychology. 

College life

Providing first-class facilities for academic, cultural and sporting activities in order to offer an exceptional collegiate experience to future generations of Johnians.

Professor R G Tanner (Commonwealth Fellow 1967-68) bequeathed over £200,000 in 2003. Professor Tanner’s gift was used to establish the Tanner Fund for the upkeep of the buildings of the College.


More information about the College’s fundraising priorities is available here. If there is a specific project you would like to support, we would be delighted to discuss it with you.



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