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Message from the Vice Chancellor

November 29, 2013

Dear all

I am very pleased to let you know about the University’s ‘Making a World of Difference’ fundraising campaign, which aims to raise £60m by the end of 2015. The Campaign is already creating inspirational new opportunities for our students and enabling key areas of research. The Campaign website ( showcases the whole range of projects that are being supported by fundraising activity and are part of achieving our vision of a place among the world’s leading universities.

I also wanted to share the news that Irvine Laidlaw, who studied at Leeds in the 1960s, has agreed to make a £9m gift to our Campaign. This will support the development of the new undergraduate library which is already under construction on campus. This is the biggest gift ever received by the University and takes our Campaign total to more than £40m. Full details about this gift will be on the Campaign website tomorrow.

I look forward to sharing news about the Campaign with you in the months ahead, as we continue to experience the benefits of philanthropy in many areas of the University’s work.

Best wishes

Alan Langlands

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