Celebrating your support

Your generosity has a tremendous impact on all that Bristol achieves. These Giving Circles recognise and celebrate our valued community of philanthropic supporters.

The Bristol Pioneers

For donors who support us with an annual gift of £1,000 to £24,999

Together our Bristol Pioneers are accelerating world-changing research by funding PhD students working on some of the world’s grand challenges; advancing educational innovation and high-quality facilities for our students; and creating opportunities for more talented students, regardless of their background, to experience a Bristol higher education.

The Vice-Chancellor's Circle

For donors who have committed £25,000 to £99,999

Our donors help to cultivate and develop carefully selected partnerships through their giving in support of scholarships and new academic and industry projects.

Philanthropy will increasingly be a critical determinant of Bristol’s success, allowing us to support students, recruit world-class staff, and fund research in a way that would be impossible if we had to rely solely on fee income and government support.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President

The Chancellor's Circle

For donors who have committed £100,000 to £499,999

Our distinguished Chancellors include a Prime Minister, Nobel Laureates and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom’s first female president – a diverse and illustrious group that is emblematic of our University. Our donors and supporters within the Chancellor’s Circle help to advance academic excellence and achievements across all the disciplines.

Universities are needed now more than ever before to uphold values that liberal societies cherish, that are central to civilisation and to the progress of humanity.

Professor Sir Paul Nurse, Chancellor

The Haldane Circle

For donors who have committed £500,000 to £999,999

Bristol’s second Chancellor, Lord Haldane, had an enduring influence on higher education. The Haldane Circle will help to ensure that our University continues to realise this same mission.

Knowledge is of many kinds, and what we have to do is to bring together what is inherent in knowledge and … appeal to men and women, irrespective of their creeds or positions in society, to seek to develop this quality that was latent within them.

Lord Richard Burdon Haldane

The Dorothy Hodgkin Circle of Discovery

For donors who have committed £1 million to £4,999,999

Our University is at an extraordinary point in its history, and we will continue to work with and recognise those leading benefactors who share our vision for discovery and our passion for learning. Dorothy Hodgkin, Chancellor (1971-1988) and Nobel Laureate (Chemistry 1964), remarked in her lecture, Moments of Discovery:

There are two moments that are important. There’s the moment when you know you can find the answers and that’s the period you are sleepless. When you’ve got it and know what it is, then you can rest easy.

Professor Dorothy Hodgkin

The Sir Winston Churchill Philanthropic Circle

For donors who have committed over £5 million

Sir Winston Churchill, our longest serving Chancellor (1929-1965), Nobel Laureate (Literature 1953) and Prime Minister, lends his name to our most prestigious Giving Circle. He understood our ambition to make a better life for ourselves, our communities, and the world in which we live. We are pleased to recognise those visionary alumni and friends whose landmark gifts will be crucial in realising our bold ambition for the future and will inspire others to follow their courageous philanthropic lead.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Sir Winston Churchill