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Neurologist ensures lasting human memory

Dr Bryan AshworthOne of the University of St Andrews’ medical graduates has left an estimated £600,000 legacy to benefit medical research.

The distinguished neurologist Dr Bryan Ashworth (MB ChB 1952 and MD 1969) has bequeathed one fifth of his estate to the University’s School of Medicine. The bequest represents the largest single gift to the new School of Medicine since it opened its doors in November 2010.

His legacy will support the continued work of the University’s internationally recognised research programmes in areas including; cancer biology, infection and immunity, child and adolescent health, and health psychology.

After studying at the University of St Andrews as a student, Dr Ashworth returned as an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Medical History), 1997-2002. His far-sighted commitment to the University will ensure he continues to be part of its future, as well as a respected figure in the University’s history.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said:

“Our great universities have always thrived because of the generosity of graduates like Dr Ashworth. He received his university education thanks to a scholarship and he has generously chosen to create a lasting legacy with this donation.”

Dr Ashworth has now joined the long lasting tradition of giving to the University of St Andrews by leaving a legacy bequest.

Every gift, no matter how large or small, makes a real difference to the University. To receive a copy of our legacy brochure and to find out more about the ways in which your legacy bequest could benefit the University please email legacies@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Alumni and friends of the University of St Andrews, who commit to leave a bequest to Scotland’s first university in their wills, have their support recognised by an invitation to join the Chancellor’s Circle. The Chancellor’s Circle is a society which guarantees members exclusive invitations to special Chancellor’s Circle events.

Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell said:

“Legacies can be used in many ways to promote scholarship, to enhance the fabric of University life, to promote academic excellence and to preserve and protect the considerable heritage of bricks, mortar and scholarly works that are part of the unique treasures of St Andrews.”

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