Current Fundraising Priorities

Donor Harold Tillman with group of his scholarship recipients
Donor Harold Tillman with group of his scholarship recipients

Providing scholarship support is extremely important right now as students face increasing financial barriers to their education.

We need your help to ensure that all students with the talent and potential to succeed in the creative sector are not deterred by financial need. Please help up us keep our doors open to all by giving to our scholarship fund. 

We are so grateful to all of our donors – individuals, companies, trusts and foundations –  who provide financial support to our students. Scholarships help reduce the financial burden on students by covering the cost of course fees and living expenses. 

We currently have an urgent need to increase support available to our post-graduate student community. Please give to our postgraduate scholarship fund and help us protect access to postgraduate education.

For more details on how to set up a named scholarship at UAL, one of our Colleges or for a particular course, please visit Scholarship Support.

Visit Support our Creative Future to find out more about the current campaign.

Named scholarship funds

In addition to the named scholarships and bursaries generously supported by individuals and organisations, we have several scholarship funds which were set up to support specific areas at the University.

We are grateful for the generosity of those who helped establish these Funds, and to all those who have given donations. 

Two of these current Funds, which directly support postgraduate students at Central Saint Martins, are the Jane Rapley Scholarship Fund and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.

The Jane Rapley Scholarship Fund

Jane Rapley at the launch of the Jane Rapley Scholarship Fund, 2012
Jane Rapley at the launch of the Jane Rapley Scholarship Fund, 2012

The Fund was launched in 2012 by Professor Emeritas and former Head of Central Saint Martins College, Jane Rapley.

The Jane Rapley Scholarship Fund was created to provide direct financial support to talented postgraduate students studying at the college.  Thanks to the generosity of Jane, her friends and many CSM alumni and staff, annual scholarships now benefit postgraduate students at CSM and enable them to complete their studies. We were delighted to award three scholarships in the first year of the fund and we continue to work with Jane to fundraise for the future.

The Helen Scott Lidgett Fund

The Fund was established in memory of UAL Governor Helen Scott Lidgett, a tireless advocate for the arts who believed passionately that anyone could succeed given the right encouragement.

The goal of the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund is to create a legacy for Helen, which will continue her lifetime’s work of supporting and encouraging creative talent.  The fund provides financial assistance and mentoring for artists at a particularly vulnerable stage in their careers, giving valuable support and advice, as Helen generously offered throughout her career to friends, colleagues and artists alike. 

Thanks to donations already given in this founding year, we have been able to award the first Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award, in partnership with Acme Studios. The award provides a rent free studio for a year, a bursary of £5,000, plus mentoring and networking opportunities.  In June 2013, Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art student, Jamie Hosegood, was given the first Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award. Jamie takes up his studio in October this year. 

Trying to think what one could wish for in that difficult transitionary year after finishing college, the Helen Scott Lidgett Studio Award manages to cover them all. Without doubt it provides an amazing opportunity and will give me the chance to begin my career as a practising artist on the best possible footing.

- Jamie Hosegood, on winning the award

We are grateful to all the donors who have made these awards possible. To make a donation to either of these funds please visit How to donate or contact the Development Department on 020 7514 6980.


Neals Yard PhD scholarship recipient Jennifer Ballie with donors Juliet and Peter Kindersley. Photo: Rolf Marriott.
Neals Yard PhD scholarship recipient Jennifer Ballie with donors Juliet and Peter Kindersley.
Photo by Rolf Marriott

Developing a sustainable, world-class research culture is a key priority for UAL. Our research centres already produce internationally recognised work which supports the sustainable growth and development of the creative economy.

Our seven existing research centres, specific research projects and PhD students all need philanthropic support in order to keep carrying out world-class research, which has a positive impact far beyond the confines of the University.

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Textile Futures Research Centre - our cross-College collaboration between London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art - already benefit from philanthropic support from Neal’s Yard which is enabling PhD students to undertake valuable research into textiles, ethical fashion and sustainability. We are most grateful for this valuable support.

To find out more about, please visit UAL Research.

To discuss supporting research at UAL, please contact Lee Rodwell.

Buildings & Facilities

CSM Exterior
Central Saint Martins, King's Cross

University of the Arts London is the largest arts and design university in Europe, and is a world leader in arts, design, fashion, communication and performance teaching and research.

With 15 different sites across London, refurbishments to our buildings, facilities and equipment are ongoing, with significant costs attached to these developments.

Recent capital projects include the move of Central Saint Martins in September 2011 to its new home in Granary Square at King’s Cross. This award winning redevelopment has brought together all the College’s activities under one roof for the first time and includes the 300-seat Platform Theatre. 

Upkeep and development of facilities across our sites will continue to be a priority for the University. Studios, workshops, media suites, galleries, catwalk venues and theatre spaces are all a vital part of the education we provide.


Fashion: Renli Su - MA FDT Womenswear, LCF

Making It: Britain

Celebrating and Supporting British Fashion Talent and Manufacture in 2014. In 2014 London College of Fashion (LCF) is celebrating Making It: Britain, highlighting the importance of skills development, creative practice and education for all.

We are putting the spotlight on British heritage, bespoke design and manufacture as well as the importance of art and design education in a country where “employment in the Creative Industries has grown at double the rate of the economy as a whole.” (DCMS).

To find out more about the campaign, how to get involved and how to support, please visit LCF's page.