Recognising our Centenary supporters

The original Golden Book (right) and Centenary Golden Book (left) shown side by side.We thank you, our donors and volunteers, for your support during our Centenary period of celebration. We, our staff, students and other community members, are exceedingly grateful.

Centenary Golden Book

Even before our Centenary period began, we had always taken great pride in thanking our supporters. Harkening back to the original Golden Book, which was produced in the 1920s to pay homage to the efforts of the University’s first supporters, we decided to commission the Centenary Golden Book to mark the tradition of giving that has been present at Leicester for over 100 years.

The Centenary Golden Book records the names of donors and volunteers who contributed to the University between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2022. It captures a snapshot of our generous donor and volunteer community during our Centenary period of celebration and will be preserved alongside the original Golden Book as the University moves into its second century.

We are delighted to invite you to view a digital version of the Centenary Golden Book below and watch the videos we created for the launch of the Book in October 2022.

The original Golden Book

The original Golden Book records the names of supporters who made gifts, both as cash and as gifts of stock and property, to the fledgling Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland College (later the University of Leicester) between 1918 and 1924. Today the original Golden Book is kept in the University’s Archives and Special Collections and can be viewed as part of their online collection.

Read more about and view the original Golden Book.

Centenary Golden Book unveiling

We were joined on campus by over 100 supporters for a lunch reception as part of the Alumni and Friends Day on Saturday, 1 October. At this event, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah unveiled the Centenary Golden Book with the videos below. He also took the opportunity to share with supporters a testimony video featuring some of the scholarship recipients who received vital support during the Centenary period.

Thank you once again for your ongoing dedication to our University. We hope you enjoy viewing our Centenary Golden Book online. If you would like to view the physical version of the Centenary Golden Book, please arrange to visit our Special Collections.

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